With numerous mega-hits in his
filmography which spans over two decades in Hindi cinema,
Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan sits pretty on the pinnacle
of success, but says stardom means nothing to him.
"It (stardom) means nothing to me. All I know is to work
from morning to night. I don't know what it (stardom) means to
me. I work almost 18 hours a day. The biggest thing in life is
to define the reason for your success because I don't know it.
I think you are dishonest if you explain it because I can't
pass it on to my daughter and son, nobody can," SRK told PTI.
In 2012, 'King' Khan had only one release - Yash Chopra's
Jab Tak Hai Jaan opposite Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.
The film was a huge hit. Even this year, the superstar will
have only Rohit Shetty's 'Chennai Express' hitting the cinema
On whether it is a conscious decision to slow down, SRK
said, "No it is not... I do one film at a time. Now I like to
do one film a year, take time off, sit with the kids. And I
feel you can't make four-five films a year. I think it spoils
the quality. I want to do quality films. I want people to talk
about my film whenever it comes out... be it good, bad or
"I got injured in between and then Yashji (Yash Chopra)
wanted me to start working on his film first so we waited for
the girls to get free. I could afford to have started a film
but I chose not to. So I spent time with kids. Before that I
did Don and Ra.One, both of which were action films... and
it takes time," the 47-year-old actor said.
"I wanted to start Happy New Year in January... we were
to start shooting for a song. But then I spoke to Farah (Khan)
that we will start in one go and continue it. I told her 'let
me finish Chennai Express in April-May and then start it',"
On whether injuries made him decide to do one film a
year, SRK said, "No it is not like that at all. I don't have
problems with breathing or any other injury. I do films as
they come. I can afford to do the film that I want to do at
the time I wish to... I worked for it for 22 years."
About Chennai Express, he said, "The film is a journey
in the South. It is about how we believe our culture and
languages are different but love conquers all. So it is a fun
way to show that. It is a film which is fun, people meet from
Citing an example, SRK said, "My mother is from Hyderabad
and my father is from Peshawar and I have always noticed this
funny act.. she used to speak in Hyderabadi and he used to
speak in Pashtun. Different ideologies but love conquered all.
So the film is a treatment of a romance in the travel down
South of a man who is from North."
The story is about a man's journey from Mumbai to
Rameshwaram and what happens on the way. The romantic comedy,
also starring Deepika Padukone, is scheduled to release this
On the relatable characters that he has portrayed in his
filmy career, Shah Rukh said, "I do the film character as a
job. If I am given a character to play I do it with the best
of my ability. I live it, believe in it, just do it, then
leave it and let go off to do another one."
"I liked doing Chak De, I liked Mohan Bhargav (Swades),
Rahul and Raj from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Dilwale Dhulaniya
Le Jayenge respectively, Sunil in Darr," he said.
"If you mix it all then I am a confused personality. None
of the roles that I have played till now are close to me. But
all of them take upon experiences of what I have seen, read or
felt in my life, none of them are far removed from them. I
think every actor when essaying a role is about an experience
or thought or believe he or she has. I also liked My Name is
Khan but I am not any of my characters," he added.