Shah Rukh Khan in "Chak De! India".
The Indian superstar shares insight into his craft, his stardom and the industry he has dedicated his life to.
It was wholly unexpected that the man who styles himself as King Khan and the Baadshah (Emperor) of Bollywood would turn out to be one of the most self-effacing and down-to-earth celebrities I’ve ever met; yet there he was, Datuk Shah Rukh Khan in the flesh, apologising for taking a phone call during our interview and promising to stay back longer to make up for it.
With various reports calling him everything from “over-confident” to “caustic”, I have to admit I approached the interview with a certain amount of trepidation – I was worried about the Bollywood superstar being a difficult interviewee, yes, but more truthfully, the die-hard fan in me was hesitant to have her illusions of the star shattered beyond repair.
Fortunately, I not only came away from the interview with my obsession intact, but also with a newfound respect for the man and his ability to make those he meets feel welcome – from remembering their names to giving them his full attention during conversations.