In the 25 years that Shah Rukh Khan has spent in Bollywood, his onscreen relationships have been a mix of good and bad. However, he isn’t the only actor who has found himself in the same predicament. But what’s been extremely interesting about Khan’s characters is the ease with which he has opted to seek out and in some instances also wowed a taken woman.
From Deewana, Anjaam, DDLJ, Om Shanti Om, Veer Zaara, Dil To Pagal Hai, Pardes to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and now JHMS, Khan’s characters have been crafted in such a way that they just can’t get enough of other men’s women. So when we asked him if this was a conscious decision of the filmmakers, he appealed to them to not create such roles, and showed no qualms in stating that he doesn’t take pride in it.
“I’m not proud of it at all. Yeh galat karta hoon jo mai karta hoon. Ab mujhe pata nahi ki mujhe ispe sharminda hona chahiye. Should I be shy and say sorry about this? I think the truth is I’m not so noticeable, I’m the guy who has been completely been ignored in college and in school and I have had kind of a repressed upbringing. So whenever I find a beautiful lady, she already is with someone else. And then desperation strikes. So sometimes I run after her saying, “K K K K Kiran” or in any other way or like in this one – where Radha bana leta hoon mai isko (Anushka). I don’t know genuinely. There was a year when I had three films – I think Yes Boss, Koyla and another one I forget and in all three I was in love with my boss’ girlfriend or wife or would-be-wife. Mujhe yeh baat se bahut sharmindagi hai aur mai maafi chahta hoon aur mai iltejaa karunga sarey directors, producers aur writers se aisi baatein mere liye mat likhiye. I’m a good boy.”
Story: Divya Pal
Frames: Sidharth Safaya
Creatives: Abhishek Sharma