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SRK's date with Paris

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, whose life-size wax statue was unveiled in a museum in Paris, talks about the honours accorded to him in France.

entertainment Updated: May 01, 2008, 21:29 IST
Hindustan Times

At a glitzy evening in Paris on Monday, a life-size wax statue of Shah Rukh Khan was unveiled at the Grevin Wax Museum. Of course, a SRK in wax, already draws thousands of tourists to Madame Tussauds in London.

Mahatma Gandhi is the only other Indian to have been honoured with a statue in this museum established way back in 1922. Earlier this year, SRK was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Letters (Order of the Arts and Literature) by the French government for his exceptional career.

Another level
To be recognised, to be given this honour, makes me feel that I’m taking Indian cinema to a higher level.When I was a teenager I used to try and catch French cinema, especially for their romantic scenes. This would be at the international film festivals at the Siri Fort in Delhi... I could have never imagined that the French would honour me with an award some day.

No comparisons
There are no comparison at all between our cinema and theirs. I think we’re growing up as far as the standard of filmmaking is concerned. Neither cinema is lesser than the other. Although I don’t know French, I’ve been watching their films. I rather like reading the subtitles.

<b1>‘I was recognised too’
I’ve been to France several times on vacation. My first professional visit was for the screening of Devdas at Cannes. I was recognised too... the credit for this goes to Bhansaliji (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) and Aishwarya (Rai). We got a great welcome on the red carpet... French people made us feel important because they love cinema.

My second professional visit was during an ad film shoot. I was put up at Ritz.When I came out of the hotel, someone saw me and said, “Hey, Tom Cruise!” Then he was corrected, “That’s Shah Rukh Khan from India.”

Few of the scenes of Don were shot in Paris. When the production guy went to get permission from the police for the shoot, he was told that proper security would be given to us. One of them said, “Hope it’s not Shah Rukh Khan..then it’ll be tough to handle the crowd.” I really felt flattered.

Acceptance of our cinema
It’s not about me.. I feel that Indian cinema has been accepted by them.

Foreign offers? No thanks
I’ve never been offered a foreign film. And I don’t have any intentions of accepting one. Although I’ve been around for years, I’m still learning Indian cinema. Going in for a new language would be difficult for me. If someone offers me a foreign film in which I have to express myself through my beautiful eyes.. (laughs) I wouldn’t mind accepting it.

French kiss
I’ve never done a kissing scene on screen. I’m an ardent fan of the French kiss but I don’t know how to do it. Maybe I’ll learn the French kiss some day.

(As told to Vajir Singh)

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