Shah Rukh Khan: I didn't want to be poor

‘I didn’t want to be poor’

Navdeep Kaur Marwah

He came, he saw and he conquered. That’s the kind of impact actor Shah Rukh Khan had on an 800-strong audience of management students at a session in the Capital on Thursday. Looking dapper in a black suit and sporting coloured streaks in his hair, SRK enthralled everyone with his trademark wit and antics, while touching hearts with his honest confessions.

“I am really scared of failures. Coming from a lower middle class family, I saw lot of failure,” said SRK, 47, getting nostalgic. “At a certain juncture of my life, I was thrown out on the road because we could not pay rent. Poverty instills fear, stress and sometimes depression.

I saw my parents going through it. After I lost my dad at an early age, I equated poverty to failure. I just didn’t want to be poor.” Stressing that these childhood memories pushed him to go the extra mile, SRK said, “I signed films for the fear of poverty more than creative desire. Most of my initial films were discards of other actors. Deewana (1992) was discarded by an actor called Armaan Kohli, Baazigar (1993) by Salman Khan and Darr (1993) by Aamir Khan. I did them all to avoid unemployment. The time was right; I became a star.”


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