Interview Of Shahrukh Khan a.k.a. Raees Alam – “Din Aur Raat Logon Ke Hote Hain. Sheron Ka Zamaana Hota Hai”
It seems like Shahrukh khan is enjoying the promotions as much as he enjoys his other job – Acting. For Raees the actor is touching base with his fans in a unique way and well, it’s working. He wanted to create that euphoria, which only a superstar, a larger than life actor can, who can mesmerise crores with a simple look or a gesture, something he excells at. He has been doing it for years with films like DDLJ and Kuchh kuchh hota hai. His co-star Mahira Khan unfortunately is not with him. But his energy is no less. He is everywhere interacting with his fans, promoting Raees in every possible way. He has been posting those teasers with his witty comments, hyping the songs before release with his charming messages. The dialogues of Raees Alam has everything the mass wants to connect with and they have been going crazy viral. That’s not all. There is a 18-hour train journey, a hectic one which he took after deliberating a lot. Of course, he had to deliberate. It was hectic, tough and there were security concerns for him and his fans. Finally, he did it. It sent social media into a frenzy, drove his fans crazy and set the ultimate mood for the release. And it all paid off. Advance booking is in full swing.
Shahrukh posted a video with his latest dialogue “Din Aur Raat Logon Ke Hote Hain. Sheron Ka Zamaana Hota Hai“. True said King Khan.
Here is an excerpt from the interview Shahrukh Khan gave to Rediff.
What was your state of mind when Raees came to you?
I was either finishing Happy New Year at the time or in the middle of it.
Happy New Year was meant to be an event film, where everything would be big, the action will be larger-than-life, there will be 10 packs instead of eight packs (smiles). The idea was that everything would be exaggerated because Farah (Khan, director) is that kind of filmmaker.
Happy New Year happened after Chennai Express, which was another over-the-top, happy film. Then I was in a state of mind where I wanted to do something which is grittier, more realistic. As an actor, I felt I should do a film which is deeper.
Raees fit the bill for me as an actor. It is not in my comfort zone but very well-written. It’s not a typical story where a boy grows up to become a don and then beats up the villain. It’s more of a journey of a man from the age seven-eight to 45.
Were the action scenes taxing?
My knee is a problem, the patella is broken. I need to do something about it. It’s a big injury and gets painful when I work. I think that’s why the film got delayed.
It was difficult to do a roof-top chase sequence.
Usually, I do all the running but in this, I used a body double for a few scenes. I feel really bad about it but I couldn’t help it because the set was ready and I had to finish the scenes.
How have you dealt with pressure in these 25 years of your career?
When you reach a stage where I have reached, you have to assume that people expect a lot more from you, perhaps more than what you can do. And then, you have to live by that.
If I have become a star with limited talent, I think of myself in these 25 years. I need to believe that people have given me so much, they expect some of it back.
But I choose the films and sometimes it will not cater to everyone.
So you have to accept the fact that each film will not make everyone happy. Over the years, I have learnt to accept the fact that I will disappoint a certain section of people, who love me, because the film may not cater to them.
As an actor, I need to do a few things to keep myself refreshed and do things that may not cater to the popular audience.
In one of your old interviews, during Baazigar, you had said that posing with actresses makes you conscious. Is it still the same?
I am conscious and shy of posing with girls, I still am. If it is not in a film, I feel awkward because I don’t know how to pose.
I felt awkward doing film magazine covers with heroines because I feel I am wasting their time. But most of the girls are my friends. If we are just standing and doing a picture, I am happy.
The Raees cast, including Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, looks very interesting.
All the actors, including Mahira, Nawaz and Zeeshan, come from a real world of acting. They have done cinema, which is not as popular as what I have done. They feel the scenes, talk about it, discuss it.
For me, to play Raees, I am not playing a hero-type. I am playing a character. It was very important to be surrounded by people, who approach the scene realistically. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted people, who haven’t acted with me before.
Did you discover anything about yourself during the filming of Raees?
That I look very sexy in a pathani! (smiles)
And not only can I act with Kajol, I can put kajal in my eyes! (laughs)
Nothing yaar, I know a lot of actors talk about discovering things as you’re doing roles but I am not like that.
I feel there’s so much I know of life — and I am not being pompous — but I have lived a very full life. I have read a lot, said a lot through my characters.
I have a lot more to say in life, as a person, as my experiences, I don’t know how good or bad they are. I don’t take anything back from characters; I like to give to characters.
Will we see you doing an out-and-out comedy film again like Baadshah?
There is no offer on the table as far as comedies are concerned.
Actually, we were planning the remake Angoor and Rohit (Shetty, director) asked me to hear it out. I thought it was very funny.
Is there any film from your filmography whose sequel you’d like to make?
Don is the only one which perhaps lends itself (to a sequel) because that’s how we leave it every time. I don’t think Farhan (Akhtar, director) has a story for Don 3 now.
Maybe Ra.One, but I don’t think we have a story for that either.
There were reports about you being offered Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film on Sahir Ludhianvi. How true is that?
I really liked the story. It was offered to me three-four years ago. But we haven’t confirmed it.
Sanjay is supposed to meet me now. I’ll meet him after Raees, if he’s free from Padmavati. He has a couple of stories, one of them is Sahir Ludhianvi’s.
Now I want to finish Aanand L Rai’s film — that is heavy on visual effects. I don’t want to commit to someone and then postpone it or start another film.
Raees is releasing soon, on the 25th of January in a direct conflict with Hrithik Roshan‘s Kaabil costarring Yami Gautam. The two movies have a history and has caused exchange of words. Fans are eagerly waiting to see which one walks away as a box office winner.
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