Besides marking Akshay Kumar’s
return to the popular genre — action — Prabhudheva’s Rowdy Rathore also paved way for the actor’s re-entry into the Rs.
100 cr club. This exclusive group seems to have become the coolest place for Bollywood stars to be in.
And although Shah Rukh Khan
reserved his spot in 2011, with RA.One ( Rs.
115 cr) and Don 2 ( Rs.
110 cr), the actor insists he never makes films keeping that club in mind.
“When a newspaper recently wrote about how an actor made it in to the Rs.
100 cr club, someone called me and said, ‘See, you haven’t been included in it’. But I didn’t see (the article) in that light. I make films for my audiences, never for such things,” says SRK, who was on the top of the world when his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the cricket tournament a few weeks ago: “I don’t need a reason to be happy. I want everyone, universally, to love me, and I have always worked towards achieving that. Whenever I get an opportunity, I try and return the favour and make them happy.”
According to the actor, it is his imagination that has helped him get so far in his career. “Someone gave me this book called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It talks about how you can attain things by imagining them,” he says.
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan speaks at Yale.
So did he read the book? “No, I didn’t. But I watched a part of a film that was based on it. It got boring,” he says, before smiling and adding, “I know what they are trying to say. For example, I have been imagining stadiums, my studio, house and even my new office, and as a result, I have achieved things in life.”