New Delhi: Shah Rukh Khan, the very commoner who became king of Bollywood with his hard work and determination, shares his inner side in a candid conversation with Ajay Brahmatmaj, senior journalist of Dainik Jagran.

Q. You are considered as the ‘Baadshah of Bollywood’. You have a huge fan following. You enjoy the kind of female adoration that any other actor would envy. Does Shah Rukh Khan ever feel lonely?

Ans. If I am at the top, I have to pay for it. But I guess people now-a-days are talking much about my decline. So, now I do find some people to chat. Hahaha…Jokes apart, I am extremely lonely. But I have chosen this for me. After giving 22 long years to the industry, I find myself totally disconnected from the basic, normal life. This doesn’t mean I have high class friends only but now I have lost the art of making relationships. My hectic schedule, long working hours doesn’t allow me to engage with people. I think I have inherited this in my personality.

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Q. Along with personality, how far you blame your profession for this?

Ans. I don’t know exactly. I believe I am not good at making friends. Yes, I do have friends from Bollywood and from outside too. But I hardly get engaged with them. I really miss such things but I guess I am pretty old now to involve in such things. Yeah, I also don’t have time to do so.

Q. Companion of your solitude?

Ans. I read books and sometimes I write too. I have started penning down my autobiography but it’s still waiting for being completed. I feel I will complete it this holiday as I am recovering well from my shoulder surgery.

Q. Your fans and well-wishers die to have a glimpse of SRK. Do you ever try to meet them?

Ans. Yes, I use to go for outing on weekends whenever in Mumbai. During this I try to meet my fans. But things often go wrong as the crowd gets out of control and situation gets worse. So, we ought to avoid this. I still remember the days when we were shooting for Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Na Kahna in London. The crowd over there was very awesome. We used to shoot at night on the railway station. The people used to wait for us the whole night in that bone-chilling winter. After the shoot, I used to meet them. I guess these are the people who inspire us and encourage us to do better.

Q. People love you and want to share each and every moment of SRK. Have you ever tried to develop a way to stay connected with your fans?

Ans.  Yeah, earlier I used to tweet for my fans. But there I found many irrelevant comments that were painful. I am quit an emotional person. So, I cannot digest such rubbishes. Moreover, my tweets were often dragged into controversies. I remember once during the shoot of Jab Tak Hai Jaan in London, we got a day off due to heavy raining. I was enjoying the off with the awesome weather and hot coffee. I felt like expressing my happiness on twitter. Unfortunately, that day India lost to England in ODI. I found media reports suggesting that I was celebrating India’s defeat in London. It was very painful. So, I stopped tweeting. Now, I am thinking of developing an interactive website where I will share my life moments, my interviews with my fans. I am planning to record my precious moments.

Q.  Many writers have tried to define Shah Rukh Khan and his persona in their writings. How many of them have succeeded?

Ans.  Well, I haven’t read any of them so far. Once Bhatt ji had told me never read books written on you as no one else will understand you more than yourself. But if you ask me there was a thin book written by Deepa Mehta, I have read that. I have also heard about Anupama Chopra’s ‘King of Khan’.  But I haven’t read it.

Q. Who has understood SRK as an individual?

Ans. People often find me unreal. Initially when they meet, they appreciate me as a person but later on they start finding me weird. I am quite a different person. I have a different thinking. I am frank, open-hearted and emotional. Like everybody I also get angry, I also feel pain. Many times, my stardom also does not allow people to understand me.

Q. How would you like to be remembered?

Ans.  I wish people remember me by my hard work and determination. If ever a day come when I will be no more then I want people to realize the fact that Khan had tried a lot in his life. At my grave, I would like to be written ‘Here lies Shah Rukh Khan and he tried.’ I don’t want people to count my accomplishments but my hard work. My hard work is my accomplishment. It’s easy to count achievements, even easier to find faults but the one that is hard is to realize the hard work and labour.

(To be continued...)

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