One would imagine that actors are always hard-pressed for time. But, not Shah Rukh Khan.
Despite having his hands full with professional commitments, he manages to fly to London at the drop of a hat, to spend time with his eldest son, Aryan.
Ask him about his idea of happiness and having fun with his kids and pat comes the reply.
“My idea of having fun with children is lazing down on a couch, having chips and cola and watching rubbish television. I fly all the way to London to meet them; I make plans to take them out to so many places, play some football as they used to when they were younger, but now we just lie down on a sofa and keep watching movies. Don’t tell anyone, but there are days when we don’t even bathe. I have watched Finding Nemo 13 times in the last five days, thanks to AbRam.”
Though Shah Rukh the actor is best known as the romantic hero, he admits to being cut-off from his children’s personal lives. He is a very cool dad when it comes to being there for his kids but he knows that they need their space. “My kids have been very friendly. The conversations I have with them, I would have with my friends, if I had any. So, we sit down and chat, we make fun, we laugh, and we even grieve together. I think parental conversations, Gauri has with them. I don’t ask them about their relationships. They talk to their mother more about stuff like this. But I never ask them. Whenever, they want to say, they say it. But their relationships are things which are completely different from the kind of films I do. (laughs)”.
Considering his children have him to guide them, would he like it, should his kids follow in his footsteps and choose to become actors? “Suhana wants to act. And I want to say this to every child, that acting is not about Bollywood. You could do it for theatre, street theatre, in television, in films, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be Indian films. It’s an interest she has and I have seen that she is good with it. And so is Aryan. But I think, he is very clear that he wants to make up his mind after he finishes college which is another four years. Suhana is interested in acting and she likes theatre. I’ll be a proud father, if she does well,” he says.
(With inputs from Himika Chaudhri)