“I am a different person in my films; I am very vocal and expressive in them, but in my personal life I am a very weird person. I face difficulty when I have to express my innermost feelings. I am very shy, quiet and reclusive as an individual.It is not something I am proud of but I lack in the art of expressing my love, my friendship, my anger, my apologies, which people misinterpret at times.”
When asked about the constant Comparisons “I am always compared; that is a part of my life. A newcomer comes I am compared; anybody does a film which is a bigger hit, I am compared; anybody does a lesser film, still I am compared. So comparisons don’t bother me now.”
And he says he is an original “I am the origin and original of what I do. I am the truth and lie of what I do. I am the goodness and the badness of what I do. Twenty years on, when you work the way I have with a lot of integrity and honesty, these kind of thoughts don’t come to me.It would be very odious and wrong for me to say that I could be ever compared in a pompous sense - it would be wrong for me to say I’m incomparable, but I think it is right to say that I don’t like to be compared at all.”
Does the tag of King Khan bother him“I am not the number one star for myself because I try harder every day; I have always believed that I haven’t done the best and could have done better. The day I stop doing that I will stop working.”
When asked about his current movie projects and his selection criterion for scripts he said, “I am working on quite a few projects as of now. I am in the mode to work round the clock with television and films. I am currently shooting for ‘Ra.One’, ‘Don-2′, and Vishal Bharadwaj’s film which is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Two States’. I try to keep myself on the other side when I sit to take a decision. I think about it with a third person perspective. I take up projects which I find appealing and grow my interest in them. ‘If I like it, others will also like it’ - this is how my mind works.”
On his fallout with his best friends King Khan suripersigly says its all his fault “If Farah and Salman are upset with me, it’s 100% my fault... I know Salman loves me. If we had a problem, definitely it is because I have let him down. But as much as I would like to say sorry I can’t. I can’t hug a friend and say come back...I can’t apologise not because of ego but because I can’t just get myself to ask people to come back to me,” said Shah Rukh.
Does the coolest Khan of Bollywood ever lose his cool “Maybe once or twice a year. But then I feel bad. I feel guilty after I’m angry. Ninety per cent of the people who’ve worked with me, genuinely love me. So when they see me hurt, they don’t like it. My kids are like that too. The other day I asked Aryan for a packet of chips and he just chucked it. I was looking the other way and it hit my face. So I reprimanded him. He got upset and wouldn’t speak to me. Then he asked whether I was serious. I told him that he had to behave himself. He got so emotional and the whole house got emotional. So I just told myself that I won’t lose my temper. Because, when you get angry it hurts others emotionally. On the sets, if I don’t like someone I’m nicest to them. So they’re confused. While they’re being mean, I’m still cordial. Some of them think I take a lot of shit, others think I am spineless because I don’t react. The thing is, if I’m really nice to you, I’ve overcome you. I don’t want to deal with you anymore in my life. When you overcome someone, the desire to be angry with them doesn’t exist any more. I only get angry with people who really matter to me. Actually, the only time you show true love is when you’re angry with someone. I’m angry because I’m concerned that you are doing things that are not right and I want you to do otherwise. Anger is one of the most beautiful expressions of love and concern.”
How different will Ra.One be in terms of technology “I’m not doing anything that hasn’t been done before. What is unique is the superhero setting in an Indian film, the spectacular action, exhilarating stuff that isn’t our regular Hindi movie fare. What will be path-breaking is the quality of cinema. I’m in pursuit of quality within my specific budget. If I can achieve that, then this film will be path-breaking, something future filmmakers could follow. We are among the few countries that have local cinema. Let’s not lose that. I hope in a small way I can influence that. My film will be like a visiting card that says here is www.technology.com, please visit it and make use of it. I might have had foreign guys flown in to supervise the work but this is going to be an indigenous Indian CGI film.” Said an overwhelmed SRK.
Does he regrets not doing films like Robot or 3 Idiots “I have a simple logic, if it’s mine it’s the best and if it’s not mine it doesn’t matter. I don’t have an iota of ill will against anyone. My work does bother me; obviously I say to myself that I could have done this better. But others’ success or failure does not bother me. I’m happy that movies like 3 Idiots and Robot did well and it doesn’t matter that I did not do them. You win some and you lose some. But if I wasn’t in the race, how could I win or lose? I told Rajkumar Hirani the other day that I couldn’t have done Munnabhai as well as Sanju (Sanjay Dutt). Certain things are meant for certain people.”
Constant news in media over who is bigger star Aamir, Salman or him dose that upsets him “How can you compare me with Amitabh Bachchan or Akshay Kumar or some new guy who hasn’t even started his career yet? That’s our mentality. We just want to compare. How many times do we hear that Tom Cruise is better than Brad Pitt? When I came into the industry Salman and Aamir were big stars. I’ve never compared myself to them not because I think I’m better than them but because I too have been around for 20 years. I’ve worked with them, around them and made a place for myself. Then suddenly they said I’d filled the void of a superstar. After that they started comparing Ajay Devgn and me because of which the two of us didn’t speak for years. Ajay’s a sweet guy, now I know him better because of Kajol. It’s weird that we never spoke to each other and yet comparisons were creating issues between us. Hrithik Roshan and I were supposed to have had a spat over him usurping my stardom. Hrithik is a good friend. These things have been going on for 20 years now.” Ends SRK in his singnature style.