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SRK prefers Bollywood to Hollywood

"It is better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven," averred the King Khan.
By Press Trust of India | None, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2006 05:57 PM IST

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan says he would prefer making good films in India rather than going to Hollywood as "it is better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven."

In a television interview, Shah Rukh said "it is better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven, even if that (Hollywood) is considered heaven. I think they also make films as we do. I think I don't pertain to that. I would rather make a good film here than to go to Hollywood."

Asked why Indian actors always aspire to go to Hollywood, he says it does not make sense to him.

To a question about Indian films failing to win awards like Oscar and Golden Globe, Shah Rukh said it is due to the mindset of the jury.

"The Jury there has a mindset and we need to understand that mindset if we want to win awards. It is high time we win awards there."

"Like we get foreign coaches to train Indian players, we should get some consultants who can share their thoughts on what kind of movies can win awards," he said.

The Baadshah of Bollywood feels he has matured and mellowed down over the years.

"I have mellowed down over the years, especially in my acting. When a person is young, he is impatient, and wants to do too many things at one go.

"But over the years, almost 15 years and 50 films, I don't try to do too many things at one go. I have definitely mellowed down and I can see it in my performance that I have matured," the actor said.

"I think for the new stars who want to do well in the long run education is a must. One should have the knowledge, which helps one grow," he said.

Observing that there is a lot of talent in the Industry, he said even better stars will follow "once we decide to take a back sea. But honestly speaking, there is a little chance.

"If I try to work for so long as Amitabh Bachchan has done then how will these new kids get a chance to take centre-stage," says the star.

To a question on 'remakes' and and how important it is to 're-make' films on old subjects, the veteran actor said "I want to reintroduce good things which come across during my lifetime.

"The idea is not to make a better product. I think there will never a better Devdas than what was made or a better Don but there will will be some kind of introduction of these interesting subjects to new generation," he said.

Asked about his relationship with Gandhi family, Shah Rukh said "I am a apolitical person and my every relationship is personal and not political."

He said giving time to his kids was one of the topmost priorities of his life as his parents gave him everything in life but time due to their untimely demise.

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