King Khan, as he is popularly known, has just turned his upcoming film’s frenzy on full throttle, after his visit to Jalandhar on Wednesday. Present along with his leading ladies, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, Shah Rukh Khan was at Hotel Cabbana in Phagwara, where he wooed the crowd and answered every question that came his way.
Attributing late Yash Chopra, whose last directorial venture is Jab Tak Hai Jaan, for the rise in his career; Khan said the reason behind visiting Jalandhar was because it is Chopra’s hometown. “From the days of Darr, in which I played a grey shade, to playing Samar Anand in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, I have evolved as an actor and as a person after working with Yash Chopra,” he said.
On being called the ‘king of romance’, the actor said, “It was Yash Chopra who advised me to start doing romantic films if I wanted to be a big star. And that’s how Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge happened. I owe my 22-year-long existence in the film industry to Yash ji.”
“In fact,” pointed out Khan, “On October 9, a day before Yash ji was admitted to the hospital, he finished with the film’s music and editing. We will handle the film’s promotion with fanfare, the way Yash ji would have liked. As all his films celebrated happiness, so does Jab Tak Hai Jaan.”
Further sharing inputs about the film, Khan said it contained the typical Punjab element, which is integral to films produced under the Yash Raj banner. “The Punjabi essence has been kept alive in the film, which has two ‘pure’ Punjabi songs — Challa and Heer. Also, Meera, the character played by Katrina, is shown eager to learn to sing in Punjabi; so, Punjab is all out there,” quipped the actor, who continues to look dashing even at 47.
When asked about a passionate lovemaking scene with Katrina that has been filmed for a song from the film, called Saans, Khan quipped, “It was Katrina who helped express love so beautifully. I am a romantic hero, so I express the director’s and writer’s ideas through emotions. I would give my co-star 90% credit for emoting these on screen.”
In his typical tongue-in-cheek humour, the actor said that his act of spreading wide his arms to embrace his heroine was his patent. “This step helps me hug both my leading ladies simultaneously,” Khan said, much to everyone’s applause.
Katrina, who plays a Yash Raj heroine for the first time, said it was a dream-come-true to be directed by Yash Chopra and to act with Shah Rukh Khan. “It’s been an amazing journey,” she smiled. Khan also brushed away reports of conflict with actors Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn, saying the issues were amongst production houses, not the actors.
Before leaving, he threw a generous dose of charm for everyone to take back home, saying he is open to act in Pollywood, if given a chance.
Next, the team of Jab Tak Hai Jaan will visit Kolkata on Friday, while the film’s premiere at Yash Raj Studios on the evening of November 12, a day before its release, will see over 1,000 from the film industry in attendance.