“I’m feeling okay… I’m fine,” says Shah Rukh Khan three days after his February 17 shoulder surgery.
In an exclusive post-operation interview at his Bandra bungalow Mannat on Friday, Khan said he was feeling “A little pain, a little groggy. I think it’s meant to be there for about 10 to 12 days.” It would take him around six weeks to start moving his arms freely and do simple exercises. “ But the rest will take a longer time to heal... may be around two months or so.”
Ask if he was jittery about going into the operation theatre, Khan said, “Once you decide to open up one of your body parts, you must believe in the people who’re going to do it.” Khan has been given a DVD of his operation and he has pored over every bit of it. “Lots of strange looking instruments ... two nails they put into my bone ... I can see them hammering it inside ... some wires around it ... it was like sophisticated carpentry.”
Khan expects to get the stitches removed in 10 days. “Either I’ll go to the hospital or request them [the doctors] to come to my house. There are five holes. After removing the stitches, I’ll be on pain killers.”
So how is he spending his time? “My writers are working on two different projects —Happy New Year and Raa-One but I feel to lightheaded with the medication. Three times a day I’ve to meet my physiotherapist. My concentration is not there, and I feel a little woozy. I intend to start working on the scripts in two-three days from now.”
The Big B and SRK
Now that Amitabh Bachchan had visited him on Wednesday, what of their purported rivalry? “Whenever we meet hamari dushmani khatam ho jati hai,” Khan joked, adding more seriously, “He came to meet me very sweetly, and we chatted for almost an hour. We have had a lot of surgeries, so we could exchange notes. He was telling me about his surgery and I was telling him about mine. He was joking and jovial. Wherever Amitji goes he brings a lot of brightness.”
Bachchan had written on his blog that he was visiting Khan. So Khan later did a post: “Aap yahan par aaye, thank you very much.”
Would Bachchan act in SRK’s next home-production Happy New Year? “You don’t offer Mr Bachchan a role that is not fantastic. If there’s a role we would love to have him,” said Khan.