Shah Rukh Khan may be a name big enough to make a film a blockbuster on his own, but he says that his movies over the years have always portrayed women on par with men.
"Most of my films, I like to believe, have an equality of roles for the ladies. It’s never like a very male-oriented film. May be just a Karan Arjun (1995) was where the ladies came in and did a song ... a romantic angle in there ... but I haven’t done many films like that."
SRK, who will turn 49 this year, has launched several faces in Bollywood. While two of his last launched heroines — Deepika Padukone (Om Shanti Om, 2007) and Anushka Sharma (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, 2008) — have gone ahead to carve a niche for themselves in the industry, SRK feels that not much has really changed about them.
"They’re just fantastic. (They have) been fantastic since they started. And if there’s a word like that, they’ve become ‘fantasticer’ as the years have gone by, and I wish them the best. And it’s really nice to work with them again when they, as artists, are so much more evolved. I like to believe that they hold a special place for me in their hearts."
Khan adds that he hopes to work with them soon again. "I worked after a long time with Deepika in Chennai Express (2013). I hadn’t worked with Anushka for a long time and then I did Jab Tak Hain Jaan (2012). So there have been long gaps. Hopefully, I’ll get to work with them more. But they’re really exactly the same (since they debuted), or better," he says.