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Who's the real Shah Rukh Khan?

Zubair Ahmed
BBC News, Mumbai

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan has been in the limelight for the past 10 years
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is a bundle of contradictions.

Humble and arrogant in the same breath, a dreamer and a realist, now vulnerable and now supremely confident.

Who is the real Shah Rukh Khan?

The actor has now allowed the camera to capture his private life for the first time - London-based filmmaker, Nasreen Muni Kabir, has directed two documentaries on his "outer" and "inner" worlds.

The documentaries will be out on DVD early next month and may unravel the enigma for his millions of fans, from Morocco to Malaysia.

Will the DVDs sell?

"Shah Rukh Khan sells, period," he replies, with his famous dimpled smile.


But if the answer appears arrogant, the notion is quickly dispelled.

These documentaries will stand as a tribute to the uniquely creative life and thoughts of a marvellous human being and truly iconic star
Nasreen Muni Kabir,

"Any comparison between me and superstars such as Amitabh Bachhan and Dilip Kumar is blasphemous," he says.

Shah Rukh Khan, 40, says the documentaries are not an expose. "There's a personal me, there's an actor me and there's a star me."

He says he has been writing an autobiography for the past four or five years and that the idea behind the documentaries was to let his fans know he is as ordinary in real life as they are.

"My life may seem glamorous from the outside but off screen it's as ordinary as anyone else's. I want people to know that movie stars live a normal, middle-class life."

Khan has been in the limelight for more than 10 years now.

He started his career as a TV actor in his hometown, Delhi. But soon after moving to Mumbai (Bombay), home to India's entertainment industry, he established himself as an accomplished performer. Innumerable hits have followed.

Khan is one of the most coveted Bollywood actors today, winning all the awards the entertainment industry can offer.

His critics say he is awards hungry.

"I've won many awards and I want more. If you want to call it hunger then I'm hungry for awards."

He is highly competitive. "I'm the child inside who, when taking part in a race, wants to win, when he jumps he jumps the highest," he says.


"King Khan", as he is popularly known, is one of the most saleable faces in Indian cinema.

He has also made commercials for more than 25 brands.

Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai
The star's critics say he is awards hungry

Nasreen Muni Kabir, who followed him for more than 25 days to make the documentaries, says: "Time seems to stop when you are with SRK. These documentaries will stand as a tribute to the uniquely creative life and thoughts of a marvellous human being and truly iconic star."

Shah Rukh Khan, born into a Muslim family, is married to a Hindu and his children follow both religions.

At home, next to idols of Hindu gods he has the Koran. The most important thing is that "the children should know about the value of God".

Khan lost both his parents before he became well-known. His tenderness comes to the fore when he talks about them.

"I do miss them a lot, especially now that I'm successful, because I would have liked them to see part of it."

He was very attached to them and says his way to avoid depression is to "get up in the morning, wear make up and be someone else".

Shah Rukh Khan rules Bollywood, but who exactly runs his life?

"My two children, my family and friends. I do whatever they tell me. I love spending time with them."

And what about his fans? "They run my professional life."

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