Shah Rukh Khan reflects on life, stardom and his Delhi-roots
Shah Rukh Khan, who has not exactly set the box office on fire lately, attends an event in Delhi and reflects on his journey, stardom and what makes him a Delhi-boy .
"There are things that you don't really expect, but they just happen to you, and they turn out to be the best things in your life. You just don't know it yet. I don't want to show off but I'm genuinely a dream come true", said a reflective Shah Rukh Khan while attending the closing ceremony of Delhi's iconic cinema complex, PVR Anupam.
The superstar was in the national capital to attend an event at India's first multiplex, PVR Anupam. Which closed for renovation on Thursday.
"I'm a lower middle class boy without any connections in the film industry and then to become a movie star...The world has showered me with their love. This happens only in dreams, I still don't believe it. I am still that Delhi boy," King Khan said.
The actor said he never thinks of himself as a star when in Delhi but sometimes he has to behave like one.
"It bores me to be a star that way. I love my job and promise to everybody that as Ajay Bijli and Sanjeev Kumar Bijli keep on making cinema theatres, I'll keep on making movies to fill them," he added.
Asked when was the first time he saw himself on the big screen, Shah Rukh said it was the rushes of 1992 film "Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman", directed by Aziz Mirza, at Mumbai's legendary RK Studios.
"I found myself so ugly. I had such bad hair. I was doing such bad acting in front of Nana Patekar, Amrita Singh and Juhi Chawla. I took the late 4.15 am flight ticket that our producers used to get for us at 25 per cent off and went to the airport, thinking I can't work in films.
"Aziz and Juhi convinced me that it's not that bad. The final cut would be better. Just like Ajay Bijli lied and got 'Yes Boss' to play at this theatre, those two lied to me. I never looked better, I looked just the same," he recalled.
The actor said he used to stand outside PVR Anupam hoping to manage a ticket.
While recounting his days in Delhi, SRK even spilled some beans about his courtship days. "My wife Gauri used to live here in Panchsheel. I have roamed around this place a lot to impress her. When I had to really woo her, I borrowed my uncle's Vespa (scooter).", said the 53-year old superstar.
Shah Rukh said he is fortunate to be so loved, especially by the people of Delhi.
"I remember, initially one of the big things for me was 'Main Dilliwala hoon, dilwala hoon' ('I am a Delhiite, I have a big heart). Even today whoever meets me, it's still the same.
"There are times when my team asks me, 'Do you know him?' I say 'I don't but I'm related to him 100 per cent, somehow'. Because everybody treats me like their own," he said.
The festival of Diwali begins on Friday and the actor said he is in the city to enjoy some family time, but will be rushing back soon as the Mumbai's Diwali parties are also an important part of his life.
"I've got my little son (AbRam) here. I feel the way Dussehra, Diwali and Holi are celebrated in Delhi, they aren't celebrated anywhere else. Or maybe I'm a little biased."
Shah Rukh said he feels the most nostalgic when he visits his late parents' resting place.
"Whenever I sit in a plane from Mumbai to come to Delhi, I have one thought in my heart that my mom and dad are here. I visit them in their graveyard late at night. When they say I've become a Mumbai person, I don't know how to express it... Because I might not live in Delhi anymore, but I can never check out, as my parents are here. My most important memories still lie here" he said.