All right, so Shah Rukh Khan has a “naughty sense of humour” and no, the superstar has no interest in politics — national, professional or personal.
“Why is it that everytime I show my films to Sonia Gandhi and her family, people think that I’m entering politics? Why doesn’t it occur to people that they may be entering Bollywood?”
For now, Shah Rukh Khan is just an entertainer —be it as the grey Dev in KANK or as a dancer at private parties.
“Entertainment is my job. I’ve no qualms singing and dancing at weddings, on the streets or on a stage. If you are running a business, you can pay me and I will do the Chhaiya Chhaiya for you. For charity, I will do it for free,” says the star who is often accused of being too commercial.
“MF Husain once told me that he and I have corrupted art and films by being too commercial. Since I’m not the highest paid star in the country, why shouldn’t I make money using my star status? After all, how many people can dance at a wedding and get paid for it?”
So, is Shah Rukh really the biggest star? “That is the positive side of the population explosion in our country. Every fourth face is Indian and by default, every fourth face in the world recognises me because I’m the face of Indian movies.”
Ask his friend Karan Johar about Shah Rukh’s super stardom and he says, “At the end of the day, Shah Rukh and Gauri are normal, middle-class Delhiites. He is too ordinary to be a superstar. He is a guy who is uncomfortable in a typical ‘society’ atmosphere. He lives an ordinary life. He is a guy who spends four hours in the loo. Can you imagine that the biggest star in India takes all his important decisions sitting on the pot?”
“Considering the kind of films that Indian filmmakers make, I think that is really the best place to read the scripts,” quips Shah Rukh. But four hours? “I need moments of solitude when I’m at home and it is not really possible with kids running around in the house. What I really do is keep the seat down, sit on it and read a book.”
Probably, the reason why the star is never on time anywhere. The average grace period is two hours!
“That’s because I believe I can make it. One day I will be able to make it on time too. When I wake up in the morning, I believe that I will be the best father, husband, entertainer.”
Which is why, Shah Rukh finds rumours of his supposed rivalry with the Bachchans amusing. “I’m not competing. In fact, I am learning to maintain a stubble and I thought of taking lessons from Abhishek. When I say I don’t want any politics, I mean all kinds of politics — personal and professional.”