Jab Tak Hai Jaan is riveting, gripping and dramatic: Shah Rukh Khan
After 20 years in the industry and 75 films under his belt, there's still no stopping Shah Rukh Khan. SRK talks about playing an army officer yet again after his Fauji days, his return to the romantic genre and what he feels about the 'King of Romance' tag.bollywood Updated: Nov 08, 2012 14:11 IST
After 20 years in the industry and 75 films under his belt, there's still no stopping Shah Rukh Khan so much so that a SRK release still creates frenzy like no other. No wonder then that they call him The King Khan or Baadshah of Bollywood. Shah Rukh is back with his latest Diwali release- Jab Tak Hai Jaan which is a Yash Chopra romance and has him paired alongside Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. The promos of the film have already created a tremendous buzz and from the looks of it, this one has all the ingredients of a blockbuster.
In this interview, SRK talks about playing an army officer yet again after his Fauji days, his return to the romantic genre and what he feels about the 'King of Romance' tag.
I think every film that I do is special. I don't do films just for the fun of it or just to make a big hit. I do films because somehow I enjoy that part of my life. I am sometimes criticised of only working with friends but it's not like that. I work with people whom I enjoy working with. I've worked with Yash
, Adi before as well and the whole team at YRF is like family to me. I've been working with them for the last 20 years now. Our track record has been nice and people have appreciated what we've done. So yes it's a special film for me but I can't choose between the films that I've done. Of course sadly Yash
is no more so you do feel a bit poignant about it. I just wish he was here to see the release of the film and beyond.
I was very young during Fauji. I liked the physicality of being in the army during my Fauji days. You get to see various guns and magazines etc. so yes it was a good experience back then. I wanted to be an army officer when I was a kid unlike other kids who want to be astronauts or doctors or pilots. When I did Fauji, I didn't even know where I was headed. It was just a group of friends who got together to make a TV series. This time too for Jab Tak Hai Jaan, it was a lot of fun playing an army officer. I remember when I dressed up as an army officer wearing the uniform on the first day of shoot in Ladakh, some of the real army officers came up to me and said, S
ir aap bahut achche lag rahe ho uniform mein
. So it felt nice that you can be a part of something and play an army officer which in real is such a respected role and responsibility.
Yes girls seem to have liked my bearded look as well. There is a certain opinion that people have when they say 'girls find men in army uniform attractive.' I'd say girls like men with or without uniform (smiles). See when actors have been doing their job for too long, they become larger than life. In Hindi films, seldom do you get to play and portray a job that is closer to reality. When you meet army officers and
, they are very normal people. So more than a show of masculinity, playing an army officer somewhere brings an identification to the common man.
When I see a trailer of my film, my first rule to anyone is that the promos should reveal what the film is all about. If you say you aren't getting a clear idea of what the film is all about, then maybe you are not looking deep enough. It's all there in the promos. There is nothing more to be said. The lines of the poem Jab Tak Hai Jaan which I recite in the promos say it all. I don't like to talk too much about the film as it ruins the fun and experience of watching it. It's a love story full of emotions. I saw about 90% of the film last month during the London schedule and I must say it's very riveting, gripping and dramatic.
I don't think of lover-boy as an image. I've done a variety of roles in 75 films in over 20 years of my career. These tags like 'King of Romance' are frivolous. I'd rather be just called 'The King.' If you've done something before and you think it's similar, to play it differently is a lot of hard work. People say that I've played a lover boy umpteen number of times. That is just a sub-conscious feeling. Consciously, I don't think I've done any two roles that are exactly the same. I may have played the lover boy before but in each of those characters, the internal emotions and conflicts of the characters have been different. The clothes or look of the characters may be similar but clothes or looks do not make a character alone. These are just crutches to help you find your way. Every Hindi film has a love story. My last genuine love story I truly believe was Kuch Kuch Hota Hai not even Veer Zaara.
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