Shah Rukh Khan on Zero's Failure: Maybe I Made the Wrong Film
Zero is to be screened at the Beijing International Film Festival and Shah Rukh Khan admits he is wary about how people in China will receive it.
Co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders Shah Rukh Khan greets spectators at the end of the VIVO IPL cricket T20 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata. (Image: AP)
Shah Rukh Khan is in China currently, where his film Zero is being screened. In an interview with a television network there, the actor has talked about the film's box office performance, saying that he is a little wary of how people in China would react to it.
The 53-year-old actor said that he felt bad when Zero went wrong, and he hasn't zeroed in on his next project till now.
"Unfortunately, Zero itself wasn't received too well back home in India. Maybe I made the wrong film, maybe I did not do the right storytelling so I am a little wary how it will be received here and I hope people here will like it," Shah Rukh said in an interview with China Global Television Network.
The actor has been receiving a lot of love ever since her landed in China. Zero has been selected as the closing film of the Beijing International Film Festival 2019. The fest will close on April 20.
The 2018 film features SRK as a person with dwarfism in a love triangle with a scientist with cerebral palsy (actress Anushka Sharma) and a famous actress (Katrina Kaif). The actors were lauded for their performances. Despite a strong buzz and an ensemble cast, the film turned out to be a damp squib at the box office.
Looking back, he said, "When it went wrong, I felt bad. That it got rejected by so many people... when you make a film like that for three years and it goes wrong... you get not depressed or anything but... I didn't want to see it. I am going to see it after three months. Maybe I will be able to figure out when I am away what went wrong with it."
What's his next project?
"I haven't decided what I will do next. I thought I will take a few months off and try and work on what I want to do because it's very important for me to be most excited about it. I have worked for 30 years, I work 16 hours a day, so if it doesn't excite you in the morning, you should not wake up.
"At my stage, when I have worked in over 80 films, have done some satisfactory roles and have made a career out of what I do, I should be like I don't want to get up and go if it's not going to be an absolutely, stunning, scintillating and exciting day as an actor. So, right now I don't have anything that's stunning, scintillating and exciting, If I will have it, I will start working on it."
Shah Rukh was overwhelmed to get a "warm and happy welcome" as he landed in China.
"When I walked out, suddenly they screamed... and for a moment I thought they were doing it for something else or someone else. Now I have gotten to know that they were from Xinjiang," he said in the interview.
The actor, who owns a production house, feels "Indians should have a homegrown superhero".
"Like Iron Man or Batman. Maybe we could do a film about Indian and Chinese superheroes... it will be really nice," he said, going on to express his interest in acting in a Chinese movie only if he learnt Mandarin.
The actor feels cinema is a modern culture about telling stories and "storytelling and any art form is going to break barriers".
"I know Chris Martin. But sometimes I don't understand his accent, but I like his music. These things enhance people-to-people culture. Language of art is beyond semantics and grammar."
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