Jab Harry Met Sejal actor Shah Rukh Khan: It is the most beautiful feeling to be a star

Today, I feel very honoured when I am called to speak there. They keep telling me: ‘You have to remain a star for longer. My kids should not have a wrong impression of my feelings when they read the book. During a chat with The Indian Express, the actor spoke about stardom and about his upcoming film. Do you think of your character’s journey beyond ‘the end’? I have done enough love stories to get attracted to them even otherwise. I have said this before and I will say it again — a movie is one of the few products where you won’t get your money back. Women have to soak it in, take it in, dignify and respect it. I can assure you that not everybody has felt meditative, calm, depressed or extremely happy all their lives. I worked towards having money. I am made to understand that it is expensive for a middle-class family to watch a movie in a theatre. I don’t think any man does that. It is not a way to escape. Now, she works as a lawyer. How are you still so energetic? Being a star is fantastic and none of this is about self-absorption or some kind of ego boost. The highest point of my life is a weekend when I can lie down with my kids and decide to watch a movie. In real life, a star should be who he is. Was it a conscious decision to periodically act in films that are not love stories? They have to live with it. It is an extremely personal decision to act in a love story. I thought no one would accept me as one. You have been in the public gaze for 25 years now. They decided to shift to a small town for some time. It could have been for any 14-year-old girl. Could they be divorced? I have to make sure he, too, is part of it. One emotion that everyone feels in different ways is love. I can make them do anything, it is extremely empowering. Imtiaz Ali met me one evening and said he has a very simple film in mind. It is the most beautiful feeling to be a star. I don’t know why I think so. I have no complains of being a star. I hope people are in the mood to watch it. It is not a contradiction, but a star-actor trying to find the best combination for himself and enjoying it. I like doing that. Whenever I am called upon to be a part of a love story, I will do it. I have done Mohabbatein (2000) and Devdas (2002), where my characters have given up their life for love. I travel across seven seas to meet her. When you don’t understand something, then, it is really nice to know more about it. If I just wanted to assimilate what all had happened, it would be an easier book to write. I take too much pain to get the girl. When I stand on a stage in a stadium there would be one lakh cameras clicking my photo simultaneously. Dilwale Dulhania… is important because I never thought I could be a romantic hero. The audience will have their take on it. I have felt love. I did that movie five years into my career as an actor. You can’t exchange it, you can’t complain under the Consumer Protection Act. It is important for me to tell such a story. I don’t want to dramatise the events of my life. It would still sell a lot. So, the prologue and epilogue are quite important. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App I ask them, ‘Can you accept me as a father, first, and the stardom which is around me?’ My children do that. 2017-07-30T00:01:00+00:00″>
Updated: July 30, 2017 12:01 am

Shah Rukh Khan talks about his upcoming film Jab Harry Met Sejal | Photo by Daboo Ratna

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Remo D Souza’s throwback picture with Shah Rukh Khan will motivate and yet shock you. Then, I did a love story — Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). That decision is not mine, ever. One high point is that I get an opportunity to speak about my life on platforms that I have looked up to. I want to keep it as true to my heart as possible. As far as the lover part is concerned, when I am doing the job, I am as romantic as any normal guy. Do you think love stories are Indians’ way of escaping reality? I can’t get out of airports; I’m pushed around; I can’t eat properly at a restaurant when I go out with my family. What everyone has felt is love — the combination can be man to man, mother to father, mother-son or boy-girl. I would never say: ‘It is great, but the media is always scrutinising you’. Love is an emotion completely understood by human beings. I have no qualms about saying that I am not as impressive as I am in films. So, please keep working hard’. In the past, you have stepped in, for instance, when Suhana’s photographs appeared in the media…
It is not just for Suhana. As a father, I would tell her, ‘Baby, next time keep your Instagram private’. I want to be a part of films that have roles I can essay. Later, I will take help to put it in context. I appreciate it. Professionally, Baazigar and Darr, when people did not expect me to be a bad guy, that phase was great. I think, she would be the working partner and Harry would just relax and look after the children. Is it always a they-lived-happily-ever-after scenario? My children have to like or dislike it, just the way they like or dislike their father, mother or bua. My son (AbRam) comes out and waves at people without knowing why they are waving at me. Then, reality struck me: maybe, love stories are the ones that last 25 years. None of my characters are getting divorced. How important was it to act in such a film at this juncture of your career? The birth of my kids, which I will club as one point. I write the way I compose my speeches. He told me the story in 20 minutes. Photo by Daboo Ratnani
AbRam has seen the madness during Eid, though, when a huge crowd turns up near Mannat…
He does not understand it yet. Again, like I said, I don’t design films. There is no other profession I would rather be in. This is neither special, nor unimportant for them. And you are very open about the fact that you enjoy stardom. Then, AbRam was born. You are called the ‘king of romance’. They are happy that I am a star. Harry takes time off and writes a book. People are going to make choices. Now that Aryan and Suhana are getting ready to step into their professional lives, are you concerned about it? Sometimes, when I am in an angry mood, I don’t want to write. When I was growing up, I had no money to buy a house, sometimes, even to feed myself. I truly believe that a love story works because of a girl — in real life too. Some of them are institutes I wanted to study at. A love story is to be continued always. For instance, somehow you relate to Doctor Zhivago, Love Story or When Harry Met Sally. You have had such a fabulous life. So, there is a lot more I need to express. Hundreds of people stand outside my home. I am not leaving her in a hurry. I am just happy informing people about the film. We don’t always show it. Photo by Daboo Ratnani
In an earlier interview with this paper, you had said that you hoped Raj and Simran (from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) lived happily ever after. I don’t plan my look to go in and out of an airport. I am not going to bore them with my achievements. AbRam has not seen the madness around you. If you can take the good, you have to take the bad as well. Fortunately for me, some of my love stories have been loved for a long time. I had not completed it when Suhana was born. Some of the events in the book will be weird, because I narrate them off the cuff. In between, I can do a Raees, Fan or Dear Zindagi. Yes, I am a lover. Since you are a movie star’s child, people will say things 10 times more — good and bad. I came from theatre. Yes, I do. I believe, Harry and Sejal had three children. I have done films which were important for me to tell, but people didn’t watch them. They know the reality. How do you maintain your screen image of a lover? See photoShah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma go clubbing in Abu Dhabi and this happened ‘Beech Beech Mein’ of Jab Harry Met Sejal promotionsDigital native: Ever on the goThe King of Romance Shah Rukh Khan, who took up slightly off-beat characters in Fan, Dear Zindagi and Raees, will be back again as a Harvinder Singh also known as Harry in Jab Harry Met Sejal. Which movie? If you are on social media, people are going to say things to you. But, as an actor and storyteller, it is important for me to know what happened. It is something you wish happened to you. My children are very well brought up and educated, by my standards. You want to know what happened to Raj and Simran or Harry and Sejal? Personally, I don’t have any image. I am lucky to be a star. You have been promoting Jab Harry Met Sejal as a ‘pure love story’. That’s why it is universally known that love stories are the bigger stories to watch. People love that — it is not just me, but the film. If you don’t, you hope to. I did a Baazigar (1993), a Darr (1993). I would get bored if I didn’t choose films this way. I have said this before — stardom is part of my family. If you are a responsible product-maker for the last 25 years, you have got to tell them: this is lemony or sweet. Is it a struggle to put it all together in the autobiography? Aryan asked: ‘Why do you think people like Papa?’. I write when I feel like. Aryan asked him the other day: ‘What does Papa do?’ AbRam said: ‘Shooting’. Normally, if a film is loved, everyone in the film is loved. When I finished Fan and Raees — one was physically very intense and the other, just intense — both very different from regular commercial films — I wanted to go into a breezy space next, do a love story with a new language. I started the book when Aryan was born. Like we do back stories, I want to look ahead, too. You have given some 10 interviews already. No one does what Raj and Rahul do. I have written this book only for my kids, in a certain sense, in my head. The reviewers would junk it. I have done roles that no one had even thought of doing or had rejected them. AbRam replied: ‘Because he is handsome.’
What have been the high points of your career in the last 25 years? Take a woman for a candle-lit dinner is the most I can ever do.