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Salman Khan is a wonderful guy: Shah Rukh Khan
By Vajir Singh, 7 November 2008, Filmicafe.com
Shah Rukh Khan clears controversies (read tiff with Salman Khan), discusses Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, and oodles more. Vajir Singh submits his blockbuster SRK interview for editing and cries quietly since we can only fit in excerpts
Which question would disturb you the most?
At times, Iím asked stupid questions. I feel theyíre stupid because Iím not qualified to answer them. Like I was asked by someone how I would be celebrating my birthday with my parents. I donít get angry but I get confused.
Once, we would form our opinions on the basis of information from newspapers and television. Now itís no longer information. Itís an analysis by someone that X is correct and Y is wrong.
So often Iím like, ďWhatís going on? It was never like this.Ē I havenít spoken to certain newspapers and magazines for years. Not because I hold it against them or because Iíve an ego problem. I just donít want to feed into that wrong analysis. Itís nothing personal.
Does this irritate you?
It doesnít but Iím like, ďChhod na yaar, I donít want to be a part of this.Ē I donít like swimming but Iím not irritated when I see others swimming. Why be judgmental? I take my kids to the swimming pool.. I sit in a corner, have a coffee and cigarette, and then Iím asked, ďYou donít swwiiiimm?Ē Listen, thereís nothing wrong in swimming but I donít swim.
Salman Khan has been stating in print that he canít forget or forgive you.
See, every time either of us talks about this, it only creates animosity between the two of us. I donít wish to comment on his comments. Because I know he must have said this in an interview which was meant for something else but someone asked him this. Heís a wonderful guy, his family is wonderful, I really like them. I respect everyone.
Already the conversation that must have happened has been analysed. Itís been analysed that I spoke badly about XYZ and thatís why all this happened. Then itís analysed why someone didnít go for a party. Or why Viveik Oberoi came for my birthday party.
I canít understand how someone who has achieved so much in life ó I speak for myself and for Salman ó can go on and on about what has been described as a 20-minute tiff.
Iíve got a Padmashree in India, Iíve been honoured in Malyasia and France.. Iím at Madame Tussaudís. I have a Rs 200 crore turnover for the work I do, Iíve got a lovely house, beautiful children, a lovely family. Iíve got beautiful friends like you guys.
Perhaps the only good thing which came out of the tiff is that we both have realised that weíre two different people. And I think we both respect that. Heís wonderful in his place and Iím wonderful in mine. Itís like I donít like to play golf, he likes to play golf. Weíre not friends. Iíve reached a stage in my life where I canít NOT forgive someone.. or where I canít NOT forget someone. I donít hold anything against anyone.
To be very honest, I donít even think Iím big enough to forgive anybody. Iím nobody. And Iíve got too much goodwill thinking within me.
Ah, okay. Letís talk about Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Why invite the entire media on your birthday to promote the film?
Whenever thereís any occasion in my house, the media has to remain outside. I feel very bad about this. So Iíve made a rule that whenever the media is outside, Iíll call them in.
Even when thereís a party at my place I tell them that none of the invitees will talk to them or say anything.. so go back home. Theyíre young boys and girls who can be somewhere else doing some really important work. Why hang around outside my house?
On my birthday, Diwali and Eid, it has become my duty to call them inside and wish them on their channel.
As far Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Yashji (Chopra) said ďIíll give you the filmís first look as a birthday gift at your home.Ē Adi (Aditya Chopra) also said the same. The publicity was supposed to start a week ago. I was nonplussed. Why were they wasting an entire week of publicity because of my birthday? But it was their way of showing their affection. This entire year I had no release, so Adi said all the channels would get the first song only on my birthday.
What should one expect from Shah Rukh Khan and Aditya Chopraís combination this time?
Itís a heartwarming film which will remind you of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Itís very entertaining. Itís not big-looking like Om Shanti Om but has its own appeal. Itís been a long time since Iíve seen or participated in a film like this. (Smiles) And I think Iíve done a good job.
Itís believed that like last year with Chak De! India this year too youíll rescue Yash Raj from the doldrums.
I was telling someone the other day that Yash Raj does not make a film with me. Emotionally, when they feel that theyíve the nicest story to tell, they call me. They donít call me for a job. And I donít go and do a job for them.
Itís believed that the film has shades of Hrishikesh Mukherjeeís Golmaal and Raj Kapoorís Satyam Shivam Sundaram. I was asked if the film is about an old man falling in love with a young girl. I know all sort of talk is going around but I can assure you that itís an original.
After Om Shanti Om, youíre again working with a newcomer (Anoushka). Any specific reason?
I never cast my co-actors. I work with directors, not actors. Adi was very convinced that we needed a new girl. In my next film for Karan (Johar), Iím paired with Kajol. And in Billoo Barber, Iím there with three girls.
If you hadnít rejected Rajkumar Hiraniís 3 Idiots and Shankarís Robot, wouldnít you have had another release this year?
Haan yaar thodasa timing mein kuchh galat ho gaya. I had kept dates for both the films, then both of them were taken away. How can I reject a film? The directors rejected me.
In both the cases, they felt I wasnít really suitable for the roles after all. So, in Robot I was replaced by Rajnikant sir and in 3 Idiots by Aamir (Khan). I think I should have started Don 2 but I kept them on hold and they made Rock On!! (Smiles) And that worked in their favour.
And how come you didnít invite the Bachchan family for your birthday?
They werenít in town actually and you should know that since youíre in the know of things. Social commitments in my life are made by my wife. Iíve never invited anyone in my life. I feel too shy. I tell my wife, her friend Kajal (Anand) or Karan to do the inviting. Kareena Kapoor didnít come.. Saif Ali Khan didnít come. Does that mean they hate me? Of course not.
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