"Pay attention to me, you will learn something," said Shah Rukh Khan to a distracted journo in a rather heavy tone. The very next moment he started talking about how concerned he is about his son's safety.
"Today, my son's photograph has appeared in the paper and that concerns me about his security." Trust the man to have enough words for all the controversies around him as well.
HT takes on the King Khan about the latest controversies surrounding him.
Smoking on screen:
Recently, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss urged Khan to desist from smoking in his films.
"I have been trying to quit smoking in personal life. But it's different when it comes to films. In films, a rape scene, alcohol or guns are not shown to inspire anyone. It becomes the part of the creative process. I believe there should be a leeway instead of a blanket ban on smoking in films."
Talk about IPL, and Khan gets visibly excited. Ask him if it is gamble, and he refuses bluntly.
"It is big enough money that I can loose my roti, kapda aur makan, but everything is not just business in life," says Khan. Now the franchisee of the Kolkata team, Khan says he has left the details to the experts.
"I have followed my passion for sports. I couldn't pursue my career in soccer because of a back problem. I feel blessed that Allah has given me such status and some money that I can felicitate a change in the life of some aspiring sportsmen. I would call it constructive aggression."
This year Khan will be seen in Aditya Chopra's third directorial venture after Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Mohabattein. Tittled Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Khan will again be seen with a new comer. With last year's Chak De India and Om Shanti Om, this will be Khan's third film, opposite a new girl.
When asked where the Rani Mukerjis and Kajols have gone, he says, "Girls can't handle me for long." He adds, "Besides the director's vision, it's also about dates. It's big enough for a director to have Shah Rukh Khan's dates. With a newcomer around, the filmmaker doesn't have to bother about the dates of any female superstar."
Point taken Mr Khan.