A 14-year-old Shah Rukh Khan needed words of solace when he stood beside his father’s deathbed. Looking back, the vacuum created by his father’s early demise is what propelled Shah Rukh to go out in the world and find love and acceptance in the hearts of millions of fans.
On his birthday on Friday, children with stuffed toys and a fan who made rangoli waited for hours outside his Bandra residence, Mannat, to get a glimpse of their favourite actor. Even the media was present to hear the superstar talk about turning a year older and the people who have influenced his life.
When asked about the words of inspiration from his parents that have been his guiding light, SRK shared, “During his last days my father could not speak due to cancer. So, the only way he used to communicate with me was through words written on a notepad,” he says and adds, “The only living memory that I have of him are two pictures. So I have never had any words of advice to serve as my source of inspiration.”
A self-made man, Shah Rukh feels blessed to have had a father-figure like the late filmmaker Yash Chopra to look up to. “I remember Yashji approaching me for Darr, as no other actor was willing to experiment with a negative role and within 10 minutes I had said yes to the film,” he says and adds that nothing much has changed in the last two decades, “I wake up with the same sense of anticipation as I did 20 years ago. Nothing is different other than a few grey hairs on my head that I hide very well.”
Though the actor’s turning a year older, he says that his mind is as sharp as ever. “My mind has always been faster than my body. I have not gained weight and managed to stay fit as I have only few bad habits like my indulgence in coffee and smoking,” he says.