Indo-Asian News Service
In 2003, he was once again the undisputed emperor of the box office. But Shah Rukh Khan remains supremely impervious to his stardom. â€œI look only into the present. At the moment Iâ€™m only focussing on this interview. I donâ€™t measure my success by the number of hits,â€ Shah Rukh told.
Not that heâ€™s not happy about the success of â€˜Kal Ho Naa Hoâ€™, but he believes it would have been just as successful without him. â€œItâ€™s a finely crafted film. Without being over-modest Iâ€™d like to say everyone and everything from Saif (Ali Khan) and Preity (Zinta) to the story and songs are very nice. Iâ€™m sure it wouldâ€™ve been a huge success without me.
â€œThe narrative style is remarkable. The energetic narration is applied to a plot that addresses itself to death. Isnâ€™t that amazing? It talks about a gradual death in such a fast-paced narrative. It talks about sadness and is yet so happy in spirit.â€
Shah Rukh describes â€˜Kal Ho...â€™ as â€˜awfully goodâ€™. â€œWhen I say itâ€™s an awfully good film I mean itâ€™s about the awful reality of death and yet it makes you feel good. It was a great opportunity for me. I played a guy whoâ€™s dying. I got all the sympathy votes. It was a sad film at heart, I havenâ€™t showed it to my children.
â€œI had great lines and a great supporting cast. So what do people mean by saying the film wouldnâ€™t have been like this if I hadnâ€™t starred in it? I think the film wouldâ€™ve been even better without me.â€
He is also very happy about the inherent
appeal of Rakesh Roshanâ€™s â€˜Koi...Mil Gayaâ€™ for youngsters.
â€œI saw â€˜Koi...Mil Gayaâ€™ with my children. Itâ€™s a very sweet film. Such films should be made regularly for kids.
â€œâ€™Munnabhai M.B.B.S.â€™ is again good. I like doing and watching happy films. Iâ€™m an entertainer. I like making people happy.â€ Shah Rukhâ€™s next release will be choreographer Farha Khanâ€™s â€˜Main Hoon Naâ€™.
â€œIt is the story of two brothers. I play the illegitimate child. Zayed Khan is my sibling. Itâ€™s like the 1980sâ€™ blockbuster. Itâ€™s got in-your-face action-romance. Farha Khan has gone to Manmohan Desai for inspiration. Insha Allah (god willing), â€˜Main Hoon Naâ€™ will come out in April-May 2004. Itâ€™s a co-production by my company and Venus.
â€œThis year I wonâ€™t be producing another film. Iâ€™ll just concentrate on acting in Ashutosh Gowarikerâ€™s â€˜Swadesâ€™ and Yash Chopraâ€™s film. At the year-end Iâ€™ll do Karan Joharâ€™s next directorial venture.â€
Shah Rukh says the biggest gift he received in 2003 was in-sync sound. â€œIt improved my performance in â€˜Kal Ho Naa Hoâ€™ considerably. I think live sound is one of the biggest blessings for an actor. Since it involved too many noisy outdoor locations, â€˜Main Hoon Naâ€™ isnâ€™t in-sync sound. But â€˜Swadesâ€™ and Yash Chopraâ€™s film are. Iâ€™d suggest it for all my films.â€
The mega-star says he doesnâ€™t know what the Yash Chopra film is about. â€œI honestly donâ€™t know. I read about my role in the papers. I trust Yash Chopra implicitly. I just go on the sets and ask his son Aditya what to do. Iâ€™ve stopped listening to scripts. I donâ€™t have to worry about these things when Iâ€™m working with people whoâ€™re much bigger, far more hardworking and intelligent than I am.
â€œI did â€˜Kal Ho Naa Hoâ€™ without knowing about my role. Karan Johar never gave me a narration. Since I played a stranger who comes into the charactersâ€™ lives this approach suited me fine.â€
Shah Rukh is trying to put his back injury and the much talked-about surgery behind him. â€œI would say Iâ€™ve recovered quite a lot. Iâ€™ve done â€˜Kal Ho Naa Hoâ€™ and Farha Khanâ€™s â€˜Main Hoon Naâ€™ after the surgery. Instead of jumping and somersaulting, I guess Iâ€™ll have to depend on my acting skills a little more.â€