An actor, producer, entrepreneur, a devoted husband and the king of romance who still makes a million hearts beat for him- Shah Rukh Khan has certainly donned many hats in his lifetime.
Family Background : SRK was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi to Meer Taj Mohammed Khan(Father) and Lateef Fatima(Mother). Khan described himself on Twitter as “half Hyderabad (mother), half Pathan (father), some Kashmiri (grandmother)” He grew up in the Rajendra Nagar neighbourhood of Delhi. SRK attended St. Columba School .
While at St. Columba’s School, Delhi, Shah Rukh was awarded the ‘Sword of Honor’, an annual award conferred upon the student who incorporates the true spirit of the school, to try one’s hand at everything. Shah Rukh Khan excels at football, cricket and hockey, and as such has captained all these teams. He has also played cricket at zonal and national level.
In his youth, he acted in stage plays and was popular for imitating Bollywood actors. One of his childhood friends and acting partners was Amrita Singh, who later became a Bollywood actress. His favorite actors at the time were Mumtaz and Amitabh Bachan. SRK enrolled at Hansraj College(1985–1988) to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Economics, but spent much of his time at Delhi’s Theatre Action Group (TAG), where he studied acting under the mentorship of theatre director Barry John whom he credits for carving out the actor inside him but his mentor considers his pupil as being solely responsible for his greatness and glory citing Shahrukh to have the perfect combination of ‘talent, perseverance, belief in yourself, a never-give-up-attitude and of course, a bit of luck’; factors needed for success.
He started studying for a Masters Degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, but left to pursue his career. He also attended the National School of Drama, Delhi during his early career in Bollywood. His father died of cancer when SRK was in his mid teens, and his mother died in 1991 from complications of diabetes. The death of his parents at an early age affected him greatly. He described these events as a motivator for his own work ethic.SRK has an older sister Shahnaz who was born in 1960. She never fully recovered from the shock of her parent’s deaths, and continues to live with the Khans in their Mumbai mansion named Mannat.
Husband role : SRK and Gauri’s Love Story :
In 1984, Shahrukh for the first time laid eyes on Gauri Chibber when he was only 18 years old at a common friend’s party. He saw her dancing with another boy and due to his shy temperament he could not ask her for a dance. When he finally gathered the strength to ask her for a dance, Gauri who herself was not interested, turned him down by saying that she was waiting for her boyfriend. Shahrukh’s dreams of love shattered at that very moment.
Actually there was no ‘boyfriend’; it was her brother she was there with. Shahrukh, in an interview recalls, that later when he came to know about this, he called her and said, “mujhe bhi apna bhai samjho.” (Consider me your brother too!). This is how their beautiful relationship began.
In an interview, years later, this is what Gauri said about her parents’ reaction, “Yes, my parents were obviously not for it because we were so young and then to take a decision to get married to a person who was going to join films and also from a different religion.”
The couple went through a lot of struggle to be together, from keeping their relationship a secret for five years to even changing his name to impose as a Hindu boy to impress Gauri’s parents. They did all they could to convince her parents about their love and its seriousness. Shahrukh was finally able to get Gauri’s hand and her parent’s blessings. And, the couple finally got married on October 25, 1991. It was a Hindu marriage ceremony.
King Khan said, “I don’t know whether I am a nut but I am very intense about my love for Gauri. She’s a part of me.” While Gauri says, “He was the first person I met and went out with. And he has been the only man.”
Today, even after 22 years of marriage, the couple still seems deeply in love. They are the proud parents of three lovely children– Aryan, Suhana and AbRam. Both Shahrukh and Gauri respect each other’s religion and follow both at home. Their love, commitment, trust, fidelity and belief in one another, is an example to all couples within the industry and outside.
Shah Rukh believes that for him, there is only one girl and that is Gauri. Shah Rukh always stays amazed by the way she handles their family, his production house and her work as an interior designer. He believes that she is a complete woman in every way!
Father role : Proud father of three children Aryan, Suhana and AbRam.
Shah Rukh : “I love my children not because they are my children but because I have garnered a friendship with them. I am realising this… as they are getting older, they are my greatest friends. I think my mental age is between 12 to 14, so it is nice to have two friends that I can ever have.”
In fact, Suhana gifted her dad a beautiful friendship band on Friendship Day, prompting the actor to tweet, “Feeling friendly now.”
A liberal man, Shah Rukh keeps idols of Hindu Gods right next to his Quran. He believes that children should know about God and nothing else. He says, “I don’t teach my children what is Hindu and what is Muslim.”
Voted as the super daddy of Bollywood by a leading newspaper, SRK ensures that he makes time for small pleasures of life. He once stepped out on the streets to take Suhana for her first bike ride. It was an emotional moment for him and he tweeted, “One of those days when I go through the emotions. Cycling with Suhana was the highlight.. need to do it more.” He even attends taekwondo tournaments, whenever Suhana and Aryan participate. He gives them pep talks before their bouts and cheers the loudest when they win. He drives to airport to fetch Aryan everytime he comes to visit his parents from London.
Shah Rukh Khan was widely criticised for misbehaving with the guards in Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium, but he still remains unapologetic about it. He maintains, “I took little children for the match and 40 grown-up people came charging aggressively at me. I think my behaviour is absolutely correct. I would still do the same thing if they misbehaved with my kids or kids that I am taking care of.” SRK also does not want his children to be in the media glare and it is for this reason, he sent his son Aryan to study abroad, where he will be away from the limelight.
Television and Film Debut
SRK’s first starring role was in Lekh Tandon’s television series Dil Dariya, which he began shooting for in 1988. Because of its production delays, the 1989 television series Fauji became his television debut. In the critically acclaimed series, a realistic look at the training of army cadets, he played the leading role of Abhimanyu Rai, which earned him mass recognition. This led to starring roles in Aziz Mirza’s television series Circus (1989–90) and Mani Kaul’s miniseries Idiot (1991). He also played minor roles in the serials Umeed and Wagle Ki Duniya, and in the made-for-television English-language film In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones. SRK’s appearances in these serials led critics to compare his look and acting style with those of film actor Dilip Kumar.
SRK had traveled between Delhi and Mumbai during this period, and was not interested in film acting. However, two weeks after his mother’s death in April 1991, he moved to Mumbai permanently to pursue a full-time career in Bollywood, and was quickly signed to four films. His first film offer was for Hema Malini’s directorial debut Dil Ashna Hai, and by June 1991, he had started his first shooting. However, production delays meant that his second film Deewana, in which he starred alongside Divya Bharti as the second male lead behind Rishi Kapoor, was released first in June 1992. Deewana became a box office hit and launched Khan’s career in Bollywood. He earned the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for the performance. Also released in 1992 were Chamatkar, and Khan’s first films as the male lead, Dil Aashna Hai, and the comedy Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, which was his first of many collaborations with actress Juhi Chawla. His initial film roles saw him play characters who displayed high levels of energy and enthusiasm. According to Arnab Ray, “he came, sliding down stairs on a slab of ice, cartwheeling, somersaulting, lips trembling, eyes trembling, bringing to the screen the kind of physical energy … visceral, intense, maniacal one moment and cloyingly boyish the next.”
Filmology : SRK ‘s complete movies list 1992-2014 ( except special appearances) is as under:
|Dil Ashana Hain||1992||Divya Bharti|
|Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman||1992||Juhi Chawla|
|Maya Memsaab||1993||Deepa Sahi|
|King Uncle||1993||Anu Agarwal|
|Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa||1994||Suchitra Krishnamoorthi|
|Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!||1995||Deepa Sahi|
|Zamaana Deewana||1995||Raveena Tandon|
|Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge||1995||Kajol|
|Ram Jaane||1995||Juhi Chawla|
|English Babu Desi Mem||1996||Sonali Bendre|
|Yes Boss||1997||Juhi Chawla|
|Dil To Pagal Hai||1997||Madhuri, Karishma|
|Dil Se..||1998||Manisha Koirala|
|Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||1998||Kajol,Rani|
|Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani||2000||Juhi Chawla|
|Hey Ram||2000||Rani Mukherji|
|One 2 Ka 4||2001||Juhi Chawla|
|Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…||2001||Kajol|
|Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam||2002||Madhuri Dixit|
|Devdas||2002||Aishwarya , Madhuri|
|Chalte Chalte||2003||Rani Mukherjee|
|Kal Ho Naa Ho||2003||Preity Zinta|
|Main Hoon Na||2004||Sushmita Sen|
|Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||2006||Preity, Rani|
|Don: The Chase Begins Again||2006||Priyanka Chopra|
|Chak De! India||2007||Vidya Malvade|
|Om Shanti Om||2007||Deepika Padukone|
|Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi||2008||Anushka Sharma|
|Billu Barber||2009||Lara Dutta|
|My Name Is Khan||2010||Kajol|
|Don2 : The Chase Continues||2011||Priyanka Chopra|
|Jab Tak Hai Jaan||2012||Anushka, Katrina|
|Chennai Express||2013||Deepika Padukone|
|Happy New Year||Oct 24 2014||Deepika Padukone|
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In March 2014, Khan signed director Rahul Dholakia’s next film, titled Raees and co-starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui. He also signed Maneesh Sharma’s film Fan, which was produced by Excel Entertainment and Yash Raj Films respectively.
Awards and Citations:
Khan’s work in Bollywood films has garnered him fourteen Filmfare Awards from thirty nominations, including eight for Best Actor; tied for the most in the category with Dilip Kumar. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2005, and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France in 2007 for his contribution to films. He was honoured with the Légion d’honneur—France’s highest civilian honour—on 1 July 2014.
Producer role : Owns three Production Houses in India, Dreamz Unlimited, Red Chillies Entertainment and Red Chillies Idiot Box. Red Chillies Idiot Box Production house will start producing Television Serials in India.He also is the owner of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.
- Khan’s popularity has been documented in several Indian and international non-fiction films. In 2005, Nasreen Munni Kabir produced and directed a two-part documentary titled The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan. The film featured the Temptations 2004 concert tour and contrasted Khan’s inner world of family and daily life with the outer world of his work. Khan has also been the subject of the Danish film Larger Than Life (2003) and the German film Shah Rukh Khan: In Love with Germany (2008). In 2010, the Discovery Travel & Living channel produced a ten-part miniseries titled Living with a Superstar—Shah Rukh Khan. The same year, Discovery Channel aired a television special titled Revealed: Shah Rukh Khan, in which social anthropologists, filmmakers, scholars, critics and lifestyle commentators analysed the impact of Khan’s image in India and abroad. The actor-director Makarand Deshpande directed a feature film named Shahrukh Bola “Khoobsurat Hai Tu” (2010), which centres around an obsessive female fan of Khan.
- Several books about Khan were published in 2007. Still Reading Khan by Mushtaq Sheikh describes Khan’s family life and features rare photographs. The book was re-released in a second edition at the end of the year with the title Shah Rukh Can. Anupama Chopra published a biography of Khan titled King of Bollywood: Shahrukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema, set against the background of the Indian film industry. Also in 2007, Deepa Gahlot published SRK: King Khan, which features an analysis of Khan’s life and career. In 2012, Khan became the first Indian actor and the second Indian citizen after Sachin Tendulkar to have his biography, titled King Khan: The Official Opus of Shah Rukh Khan, published by Kraken Opus.
- In 2005, Khan was the subject of 20 paintings by Indian artist Anjana Kuthiala. Greatly inspired by M.F. Husain’s work with actress Madhuri Dixit, Kuthiala chose Khan to be the muse and subject of her collections. Khan and Priyanka Chopra, Kajol and Hrithik Roshan had their likenesses made into a series of miniature dolls for Hasbro and the UK-based Bollywood Legends Corporation. In 2007, Khan became the third Indian actor to have his wax statue installed at London’s Madame Tussauds museum. Additional versions of the statue were installed at Madam Tussauds’ museums in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York and Washington.
Reasons for being a Role Model:
- Even with all the success and a statue among the elite in Madame Tussaud’s, he is quoted as being one of the most humble and down to earth personalities although his wit is unmatched by even the best in business. This has led to him being a host of many television programmes, game shows and award functions including India’s version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’
- The King is an active philanthropist funding numerous humanitarian projects and charities as well as being personally involved in them though he prefers to keep this aspect out of the lime light.
- His larger than life persona continues to win hearts all over the world with a fan following going into billions. He is the face of brands such as Pepsi, Tag Heur and has a 8 billion dirham property development project comprising multiple residential towers in the UAE named after him called ‘Shah Rukh Khan Boulevard’. He co-owns two production houses ‘Dreamz Unlimited’ and ‘Red Chillies Entertainment’ and the IPL Cricket team ‘Kolkata Knight Riders’.
- Recipient of Padma Shri (India), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), Unesco Pyramide con Marni (UNESCO), L’Etoile d’Or (by King of Morroco) and the Chubb fellowship (Yale)
- Being a Muslim man married to a Hindu woman, he and his wife combine both religious backgrounds into their children’s education.
- His work ethics and commitment to excellence in whatever he does are the very keys to his astonishing climb from unknown to stardom .Believes in the TINA factor: There Is No Alternative to hard work. During his busy schedule, he manages with only 4 to 5 hours of sleep. Even when at his lowest during his injuries especially his spinal surgeries he always bounched back much stronger with grit and lots of guts. He faced failure too after his rise to success but he never let it affect his work and now its just an inspiration to millions worldwide.
Quotes of Shah Rukh Khan :
- I’d rather sink trying to be different, than stay afloat like everyone else.
- Yes, I do have a close circle of friends and I am very fortunate to have them as friends. I feel very close to them I think friends are everything in life after your family. You come across lots of people all the time but you only make very few friends and you have to be true to them otherwise what’s the point in life?
- I cannot repay my fans for what they have done for me, they have given me so much love and that love has taken me to the number 1 position where I am today, the only thing I can do for my fans is to never stop working, and to do films till the very end, it is the only way I can express my love for them.
- You must respect your seniors, bu never get intimidated by them. Winning should be a habit, not an option. The four Hs are important when you play to win — honesty, humor, hard work and a bit of haraamipan.
- I have no competition. Every year the names I’m pitted against keep changing. You can’t cream the competition, you have to kill it.
- I keep hearing that our films are escapist and unreal but I find our films the most real in the world. We don’t have people going up in a rocket and single-handedly blowing up a meteor. We don’t have a president on Air Force One saving the world or things coming out of people’s stomachs. Our fantasies and escapism are real. It’s just people singing and dancing in the street. If England had won the World Cup you would have seen people singing and dancing like that.
- I have no competition. Every year the names I’m pitted against keep changing. You can’t cream the competition, you have to kill it.
- The dream I chased, took me on a journey. A journey more rewarding then the goals, the achievements. When I look back it’s like facing a million mirrors. Each reflection opens a window. A window to the world I’ve just discovered. The world I want to share with all of you.
- You never win the silver, you only lose the gold.
- The collar-bone is my favorite part of the human body.
- Togetherness, passion, laughter, faith, trust and jealousy are the essential ingredients of love.
- “It’s not like Steven Spielberg is waiting with a script for me. I don’t think I’ll ever be offered a great international film in my lifetime, so I’d rather be a king here. Moreover, Indian cinema is the greatest in the world. But of course, after spending three months in LA, London, and New York I found that our cinema is a little exaggerated. To make a mark in the West we have to reach their level without losing our identity, culture or songs. I don’t want to star in a Hollywood film, but want to make a film that crosses over universally.”
- “I haven’t given up smoking. I’m very clear about it, it’s a personal choice. I want to cut down on it. It shouldn’t be made into an issue to say, damn good or damn bad. Whether I give it up or not shouldn’t be an issue.”
- I don’t like wearing dark glasses. I’m happy with the fact that people know me. I want people to scream and shout at me, I want people to trouble me when I’m having lunch, I like six bodyguards around me. I love being a star. I find it very strange when people who are famous say they don’t want to be photographed. I don’t want to be photographed first thing in the morning, I don’t want people peeping into my bedroom, but besides that, it’s a wonderful life.
SRK said ,”If I am a role model, I must be the worst one in the world.” No Sir for me and countless others the way you live your life whether personal or professional and balance the different roles you play is a pure delight to watch and learn from. Not the least I learnt courage and persistence to do my best in whatever I undertake and its an privilege to have you as my mentor, role model and Raj from DDLJ as my all time crush ever. We both have one thing in common both losing our parents at a young age but we have them as our angels.
Happy Birthday to SRK a small tribute to you sir.