Shah Rukh Khan: The “Baadshah of Bollywood”, or “King of Bollywood”

Happy Birthday King Khan

The man who was born on 2 November 1965 in a Muslim family in New Delhi.Now known as Baadshah of Bollywood.He has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in the world.

I will try to dig out 22 interesting facts about Shah Rukh Khan, who recently completed 25 years in Bollywood.

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1.Naam to suna hoga: Shah Rukh is named Rahul in nine of his films, including Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Chennai Express (2013) etc. He is called Raj in six films including Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaenge (1995), Chalte Chalte (2003) and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008).

2.Khauff-nak khan: He played negative roles in six films, namely Darr and Baazigar (1993), Anjaam (1994), Duplicate (1998), Don (2006) and Don 2 (2011).

3.(Im)mortal lover boy: In 16 movies, SRK’s character dies. They are, Baazigar (1993), Darr (1993), Dil Se (1998), Devdas (2002), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Raees (2017) etc, or is reborn — Karan Arjun (1995), Paheli (2005), Ra.One (2011).

4.Big Daddy: He co-produced 14 ­movies, including Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000), Mai Hoon Na (2004), Om Shanti Om (2007), Ra.One (2011) and Chennai Express (2013).

5.One man show: He has had 226 ­nominations across popular Bollywood awards, and has won 207 of them. He won the best actor award 29 times.

6.On the small screen: He has been a part of seven TV shows, including his TV debut, Fauji (1988). He was later seen in Circus(1989), and he also hosted popular quiz shows, Kaun Banega Crorepati (2007), Kya Aap Panchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? (2008) and Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout (2011).

7.A friend indeed: From Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega (2000), Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye (2005), Heyy Babyy (2007) to Bhoothnath (2008 and 2013), Shah Rukh has done 30 ­cameos. Recently he did cameos on Salman Khan Tubelight(2017).

8.Debut dilemma: His debut film was Dil Aashna Hai, but due to the delay in the release of the film, Deewana is considered to be his debut film.

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9.Home, sweet home: One of the reasons why Shah Rukh bought Mannat — his palatial ­bungalow in Juhu, Mumbai, was that he wanted to have a ­exclusive prayer room. He’s been quoted as saying that if he was broke, he would sell everything but Mannat.

10.Southern sojourn: While we all know about Shah Rukh’s love for Delhi, not many know that he spent his childhood in Bangalore, where his grandfather worked as a chief engineer.

11.Love from alma mater: When his college, Hans Raj, ­celebrated its golden jubilee (1998), the college gave away 17 shields to its alumni who had excelled in their lives, and Shah Rukh was one of them.

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12.Anything for Yash Chopra: He agreed to act in Aditya Chopra’s(Son of Yash Chopra) debut film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaenge (1995), ­without even looking at the script.

13.Monumental earning: His first salary was `50 which he earned by working as an usher at a Pankaj Udhas concert in Delhi in the early 80s. He used the money to take the train to Agra and see the Taj Mahal.

14.Pyjama prem: He makes sure his sleeping ­pyjamas are ­freshly-ironed every night because he believes that “one never knows who one may meet in dreams.”

15.Pet stars: His favorite actor is Dilip Kumar, and his favorite actresses are Mumtaz and Saira Banu.

16.Filmy bribes: In school, his Hindi was very poor. His mother promised to take him for a movie if he passed his Hindi exams. Teenager SRK loved ­watching movies and began to score top marks in Hindi then onwards.

17.Old habits die hard: SRK has a phobia of riding horses, and never eats ice-creams.

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18.Jodi Kamaal ki: Actor Juhi Chawla is not only a partner of his production house but also a co-star with whom he has acted in the maximum number of films. They’ve appeared in 11 films, including Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Darr (1993), Yes Boss (1997), Duplicate (1998), Bhoothnath (2008) etc.

19.Lucky charm: The number plates of all his cars read 555. Shah Rukh is superstitious about numbers and believes that the right numbers bring him good luck.

20.Dhaba time: During his struggling days before he entered showbiz, Shah Rukh ran a ­restaurant in Daryaganj.

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21.Movies calling: The prime reason why Khan took up Mass Communications (filmmaking) in Jamia Milia University, Delhi, is because he loved watching television commercials.

22.Being salesman: The actor sold tickets at the booking window of a Mumbai theatre on the opening day of his 1994 film, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, directed by Kundan Shah. He was paid Rs 25,000 for that film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The man who sell dreams-Shah Rukh Khan at TED

I am a movie star, I’m 51years of age and I don’t use Botox as yet. So I am clean but I do behave like you saw like a 21-years-old in my movies.

Yeah, I do that. I sell dreams and I peddle love to millions of people back home in India, who assume that I’m the best lover in the world. If you don’t tell anyone, I’m going to tell you I’m not, but I never let the assumption go away.I have also made to understand there are lots of you here who haven’t seen my work, and I feel very sad for you. That doesn’t take away from the fact that I’m completely self-obsessed as a movie star should be. That’s when my friends Chris and Juliet called me here to speak about the future”you”. Naturally, it follows I’m going to speak about the present me.

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Because I truly believe that humanity is a lot like me. It’s an aging movie star, grappling with the newness around itself, wondering whether it got it right in the first place and still trying to find a way to keep on shining regardless.

I was born in a refugee colony in the capital city of India, New Delhi and my father was a freedom fighter. My mother was, well, just a fighter like mothers are. And much like the original homo sapiens,  we struggled to survive. When I was in my early 20s, I lost both my parents which I must admit seems a bit careless of me now. I do remember the night my father died, and I remember the driver of a neighbor who was driving us to the hospital.