Shahrukh Khan has been in Bollywood for more than 25 years. He has worked with many directors and has done more than 50 films. But the actor has revealed that his only requirement to get onboard a film has always been to find a connect with the filmmaker.
“I don’t connect to stories, I just connect to people. Ashutosh Gowariker is a friend, he made Lagaan, I could have gone ahead with it but I chose Swades. I didn’t choose the film, I chose him because of his feeling of wanting to make Swades. People think ‘I will make a film with him because he will make a superhit’. It is not like that, I never ever listen to stories and people think I am lying when I say it, but I am not,” Shah Rukh said in an interview.
The actor will be seen in Aanand L Rai’s next project. He revealed that the filmmaker wants to narrate him the script of the film but he has declined. “I haven’t even heard Anand’s story. He calls me and says ‘when should I narrate the story?’ and I asked him to tell it to me on the sets when we begin shooting. I really connect to people and that is how it should be. Sometimes it goes right and sometimes the expectations are differed. I really believe that the film is a filmmaker’s prerogative and an actor should not come in the way.”
He says although he does not believe in planning his next move, he knows that there is so much more to do and greater things to achieve. “I don’t believe in shaping, designing my career. I just do films. I haven’t seen it all and done it all. There is so much more to do. The best part of being an actor is that with every passing day you realize how little you are. Everyday I realize how little I know about acting. I feel the less you know, the better actor you will be.
SRK’s recent choice of little off-beat films have led many to believe that he is trying to make a transition in his career, but the actor denied such claims.
“Transition from what? I took up Fan because I wanted to do something challenging which I haven’t done before. I thought I did well. It was a very intense film and after that, I would have loved to do a comedy but nobody offered me a comedy. Then Dear Zindagi happened. Every day you are in a state of mind to do a particular kind of film, if you are lucky and someone offers you that, you take it. You don’t try to plan, strategize and try to transit. It’s not a transition phase. When I started off I never thought, I think even less now. I feel more. I just need to feel happy.
“Now after 25 years, you need to have the same gusto and feel happy to put on make-up and go to work, otherwise there is no point. Genuinely, God has been kind, business has been good, money is good, family is nice. I have everything going as a star. So my children ask me why do I still do it? I tell them that I am really turned on by my work,” he added.Shahrukh Khan has rejected many films which went on to become big hits. He has been offered films like 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai MBBS, Lagaan, Robot etc.