Written by Gitanjali Roy
November 06, 2012 18:46 IST
(New Delhi )
Shah Rukh spoke about some first time experiences that he had while shooting Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
In a one hour long video chat, Shah Rukh Khan answered questions about his new film Jab Tak Hai Jaan from fans. Dressed in a grey jacket and seated before a poster from the film, a slightly disheveled SRK deened his scruffy appearance saying his make up could not be completed.
Asked to describe himself in five words, he said, in typical SRK style, "Basically I am quite good."
One fan asked SRK what facet of Samar, the character he plays in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, audiences should pay attention to. SRK replied: "If you have to pay attention than I'm not doing my job. Enjoy the character, don't think about him with a magnifying glass."
Shah Rukh spoke about some first time experiences that he had while shooting Jab Tak Hai Jaan - seeing a puffer fish, and suddenly realizing that he couldn't breathe in Ladakh where the entire crew had to sit down to catch their breath.
Asked if he thinks Jab Tak Hai Jaan will be the best Yash Raj movie, SRK said: "It's my film so not for me to state that but YRF has been making films that improve on their last films. It will be a fine film emotionally because it was Yash Chopra's last film."
Shah Rukh listed his biggest strength as the ability to go without sleep for a long time. On the secret behind his famous charm, he said: "I don't know how to be charming. I try to be me and I'm an extremely shy person. I think people confuse shyness for charm. Or it's in my genes."
He had a piece of trivia about how Jab tak Hai Jaan got its name. The working title of the movie was "Unbreakable" and when they were casting about for an equivalent Hindi phrase, they hit upon Jab Tak Hai Jaan, or "till death," as the closest.
In reply to a question about which direction he was going as an actor, SRK said: "I do a couple of films a year and like to work with people I'm comfortable with. I believe films choose you. Some of the roles I get are awesome because of the directors and writers. I just want to entertain as many people as possible."
Many fans, from all over the world, asked if SRK had visited their country or when he would do so. He said that he'd like to visit if he had the chance to shoot there or simply enjoy a family holiday. The devoted family man also added that he's not much of a traveler and his favourite destination was Mannat, his Mumbai home.
Asked about what it was like working with director Yash Chopra, who died on October 21. SRK said, "Working with Yashji is like working with family. I'm a star because of the films I've done with him. Yashji gets lovely ladies to hug you and sing nice songs so I always tell everyone you are blessed if you get to work with Yash Chopra."
When can we expect SRK's autobiography, many years now in the making? SRK said, "I've been writing my book for 10-15 years now and things keep happening to me so I keep feeling the book is incomplete. So I keep editing and adding but now I've decided I should end it in the next few months."
One fan asked when and where Shah Rukh was first recognised as an actor. He said, "I was walking or cycling in Saket in New Delhi and a passing three wheeler stopped. A mother, daughter and son jumped out and called me Abhimanyu Rai. At first I didn't realize because I was not used to being called by my screen name and then I realized they were talking about me."
What would you like to do Jab Tak Hai Jaan, was one of the final questions? "I'd like to keep making movies, see my children grow up to be healthy and educated, and keep acting," was the superstar's reply.