Shah Rukh Khan has been ruling Bollywood for over two decades and his star appeal shows no signs of waning. What is most remarkable is a smalltime TV actor like him making it big in Bollywood. He is popular both in India and overseas and commands massive fan following among both men and women. No wonder, he is called King Khan and is seen in many product endorsements. With super hits almost every year, he has delivered most of the time and is compared next only to Amitabh Bachchan’s box office appeal in his heydays.
Coming to his roots, Khan was born to Muslim parents of Pathan ethnicity in New Delhi, India. His father, Taj Mohammed Khan was a freedom fighter from Peshawar, Pakistan. His mother Lateef Fatima was the adopted daughter of Major General Shah Nawaz Khan of the Janjua Rajput clan, who served as a General in the Indian National Army of Subhash Chandra Bose.
Shah Rukh studied in Delhi’s St. Columbia's school where he was awarded the Sword of Honor for being the best student. Although his birth name is spelled Shahrukh, he prefers and signs his name as Shah Rukh. Father of Aryan Khan and Suhana Khan, he is one of the four Khans ruling Bollywood since the 1990s. The others include Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Aamir Khan.
Khan began his career appearing in several television serials in the late 1980s, most popular among them being Fauji (1988) and Circus (1989). He made his film debut with the commercially successful Deewana (1992). Since then, he has been part of numerous commercial successes and has delivered a variety of critically acclaimed performances. During his years in the Indian film industry, he has won thirteen Filmfare Awards, seven of which are in the Best Actor category.
While some of Khan's best-known films: Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Chak De India (2007) and Om Shanti Om (2007), remain some of Bollywood's biggest hits, films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) have been top-grossing productions in the overseas market, making Khan one of the most successful actors of Hindi cinema. Since 2000, Khan branched out into film production and television presenting as well. He is the founder-owner of two production companies, Dreamz Unlimited and Red Chillies Entertainment.
Khan's success continued with a few more highly popular films. One of his most successful works was the multiple award-winning 2007 film, Chak De India, about the Indian women's national hockey team. Earning over Rs 639 million, Chak De India became the third highest grossing movie of 2007 in India and won yet another Filmfare Best Actor Award for Khan. The film was a major critical success. In the same year Khan also starred in Farah Khan's 2007 film, Om Shanti Om. The film emerged as the year's highest grossing film in India and the overseas market, and became India's highest grossing production ever up to that point. It earned him another nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare ceremony. Khan's more recent films include the 2008 release, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi which was a huge box office success, and Billu.
Khan's next film, My Name Is Khan, is due for release on 12 February 2010.
Khan has been accorded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of the Arts and Literature) award by the French government for his “exceptional career”. In October 2008, he had been conferred the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka which carries the honorific Datuk (in similar fashion to ‘Sir’ in British knighthood), by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, the head of state of Malacca in Malaysia.
Married to Gauri Khan, he was named one of Time Magazine's 20 Asian Heroes under 40 (2004). In 2007, Khan replaced Amitabh Bachchan as the host of the third series of the popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. On 25 April 2008, Khan began hosting the game show Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?, the Indian version of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Not to mention, he has a mannequin of himself in Madam Tussaud's Museum in England, along with Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai.
Studied in St. Columba's school, New Delhi, where he was awarded the 'Sword of Honor', essentially the award for best student.
Although his birth name is spelled Shahrukh, he prefers and signs his name Shah Rukh.
Father of Aryan Khan and Suhana Khan.
He agreed to star in Aditya Chopra's films without looking at the script first.
One of the four Khans that ruled Bollywood in the 1990s till now. The other three are Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Aamir Khan.
Formed a popular screen couple with Kajol.
Named one of Time Magazine's 20 Asian Heroes under 40 in 2004.
His son, Aryan Khan, portrayed SRK as an infant in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001).
His son Aryan Khan was the voice of Tez Lajawaab (Dash), character for Hindi dubbed version of Disney's animated film, The Incredibles (Hum Hain Lajawaab).
Shah Rukh and his wife, Gauri Khan, own the production company "Red Chilies Entertainments", which Shah Rukh started for friend and colleague, director/choreographer Farah Khan, for her debut directorial film - Main Hoon Na (2004).
Purchased a villa on a man made island on the coast of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
#74 on E!'s 101 Hottest Celebrity Bodies Countdown in 2006.
Was not very good at Hindi in school, until his mother promised to take him to the cinema if he passed. As he loved films, he got top marks from then on.
His father ran a transport company and his mother was a magistrate.
Gets along very well with former co-stars Juhi Chawla and Preity Zinta.
Loves computer games, video games and hi-tech gadgets.
His first name "Shahrukh" means "face of the king".
Resides in a mansion called Mannat in Mumbai, India.
Being a Muslim man married to a Hindu woman, he and his wife combine both religious backgrounds into their children's education.
His parents died before he entered movies. Shah Rukh considers it a big regret that they couldn't see what their son was to become.
Has a mannequin of himself in Madam Tussaud's Museum in England. Along with Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai.
He has a dog called Chewbacca.
I wish I looked as good as Hrithik Roshan does. And I wish I danced as well as he does!
Yes, I do have a close circle of friends and I am very fortunate to have them as friends. I feel very close to them I think friends are everything in life after your family. You come across lots of people all the time but you only make very few friends and you have to be true to them otherwise what's the point in life?
I'd rather sink trying to be different, than stay afloat like everyone else.
I cannot repay my fans for what they have done for me, they have given me so much love and that love has taken me to the number 1 position where I am today. The only thing I can do for my fans is to never stop working, and to do films till the very end. It is the only way I can express my love for them.
To me, Devdas is the end of love stories. I've portrayed an obsessed lover, a nice lover, an angry lover, a romantic lover. And now I've played Devdas. For someone who doesn't even like love stories, I've played an awful lot of lovers. Personally speaking, I wouldn't see any of the romantic films I've acted in.
I'm the luckiest man in the world and I don't want to hide from the faces I'm acting for. So I don't surround myself with guards, I've never given an interview in which I've said I feel bad that I can't go shopping or I can't go to Chowpatty and eat bhelpuri without being mobbed. I'm not the kind of guy who goes out wearing dark glasses (I don't think I'm a big enough star to hide behind them, honest). I go to see movies in the cinema theatres, I go to restaurants with my family and friends even though I know people are going to disturb me there.
God has become a generic term like ‘mind blowing.’ It is embarrassing. I would have said that to Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah, Nana Patekar. I used to tell them I want to stand in the same space as you. I've told Kamal Haasan, I just want to touch you. They are the gods of acting. When people call me God, I say, no, I'm still an angel or saint of acting. I still have a long way to go.
Awards that ignore me are losers.
I'm try-sexual. I try anything that's sexual.
I have no competition. Every year the names I'm pitted against keep changing. You can't cream the competition, you have to kill it.
I keep hearing that our films are escapist and unreal but I find our films the most real in the world. We don't have people going up in a rocket and single-handedly blowing up a meteor. We don't have a president on Air Force One saving the world or things coming out of people's stomachs. Our fantasies and escapism are real. It's just people singing and dancing in the street. If England had won the World Cup, you would have seen people singing and dancing like that.
I don't like wearing dark glasses. I'm happy with the fact that people know me. I want people to scream and shout at me, I want people to trouble me when I'm having lunch, I like six bodyguards around me. I love being a star. I find it very strange when people who are famous say they don't want to be photographed. I don't want to be photographed first thing in the morning, I don't want people peeping into my bedroom, but besides that, it's a wonderful life.
I was supposed to have done Rang De Basanti (2006), the guy on the motorbike. I didn't have the dates. They were shooting in Delhi and the dates were clashing with Paheli.
It's not like Steven Spielberg is waiting with a script for me. I don't think I'll ever be offered a great international film in my lifetime, so I'd rather be a king here. Moreover, Indian cinema is the greatest in the world. But of course, after spending three months in LA, London, and New York, I found that our cinema is a little exaggerated. To make a mark in the West, we have to reach their level without losing our identity, culture or songs. I don't want to star in a Hollywood film, but want to make a film that crosses over universally.
On trying to get Paheli (2005) an Oscar nomination: There's a misreport here about our lobbying at the Oscars. The understanding that we have of the Oscars is very different from how it really is. Because Indian film, foreign films are not known, you're supposed to hire a PR company which we did. It's not as if you just go there, show your films, lobby and talk to them. You're not allowed to lobby as in you're not allowed to meet the Academy members, talk to them or even make a call to them. You just keep advertising in the 'For Consideration For Oscars' category. We took out full page ads in papers like Variety and Hollywood Reporter. The only good thing we did was that we advertised very frequently, it was promoted on the same scale as the biggest of films. We did it because we could afford it.
I felt Asoka (2001) should have been chosen for the Oscars. We had worked towards that. We had these international distributors for it. We were the first to actually release an Indian film internationally in traditionally non-Indian theaters. We spent a lot of money and lost a lot of money too. We were the first to put up hoardings in London, in tube stations. We did speak to everyone who was anyone here, wondering if Asoka could go to the Oscars. But the one that got chosen was Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) which was even better. So we had no complaints. After that I didn't make any film for the foreign market.
Cinema in India is like brushing your teeth in the morning. You can't escape it.
I work like a retailer. I sell my services, take my money and keep it in the bank.
I'd like to believe there's a little of Hitler and Napoleon in me. Even if I try, I can't be as selfless as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa.
I'm no megalomaniac. Even I found it boring to have an entire website devoted to trivia about me. No one's interested in a one-man show, unless you happen to be an Amitabh Bachchan.
If I talk to a girl, it's assumed that I'm having a scene with her. If I don't, then it's assumed that I'm gay.
It is stupid on my part to think of banning the media.
Maybe the country doesn't pray for me like they do for Sachin Tendulkar, but I know I'm on a good wicket as well.
Recently an actor asked me to teach him how to speak fast. Wasn't I once criticised for speaking too fast? Now they're doing it my way.
Whenever I fail as a father or husband... a toy and a diamond always works.