“I cried for hours” – SRK

Q. With JTHJ, you have returned to the genre of romance. Do you fear being accused of repeating yourself?

I don’t understand this. When I do romantic films, people say that I do the same stuff. And when I do other kinds of films, they tell me to stick to romantic films. In fact, I’m doing a hardcore romantic film almost after 15 years. My last romantic film was Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Nowadays, either I’m flying in tights or beating up other people or searching for the President of America. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was hardly romantic. Even Veer-Zaara had an old couple and India-Pakistan involved. JTHJ is an out and out romantic film. But the truth is – I still fulfill people’s desire to see romance on screen. Though I have done it for 20 years and maybe I am beyond that age. No other guy can romance better than me. Why do they only question me about romancing heroines half my age? There are other actors too who romance young girls but no one questions them. I’m the first actor who spoke the truth about his age. I’m the only one here who doesn’t mind showing the grey in his beard. I don’t mind looking my age.

Q. The RA.One gamble didn’t pay off…

I did go a little wrong with RA.One. It made 172 crores at the box-office but still people call it a wrong film. It went wrong because it was different. I was depressed for three months after the release of the film. As a matter of fact, till date I’m depressed and upset. But around 15 days back I made up my mind to make a 300 crore film and silence everyone. It’s not in anger or madness. It was nice to go wrong. But I’ll convince people that a man in tights can fly in India. My family told me to sell Kolkata Knight Riders. They said it was only bringing in negativity. But I needed to win that trophy. That’s why I didn’t quit. I’m glad I didn’t. I have finally won. The world at large lynched me year after year for four consecutive years. They completely destroyed me. They questioned my motives and integrity. It broke my children’s hearts.

Q. How did you deal with so much negativity around you?

I cried myself to bed. The negativity around me made me sit in the bathroom and cry for hours. A couple of times my kids saw me crying and I didn’t like it. We lost nine matches in a row. I didn’t cry because we were losing. I know it’s a game and we can lose. I cried because of the comments about me the next morning. I love sports and I have played under-19 cricket and know much more about cricket than most of the people passing comments on me.

Q. What effect did this stress have on you?

Earlier I used to sleep well. The greatest gift I have is that I can sleep well. I sleep only for four to five hours but even if you jumped on me then, I’d not wake up. Due to the stress, I had to sacrifice my sleep. After 9-10 hours of shooting, when I got back to my hotel room, the problem would start. I have the best luxury suite in the world, the best of alcohol and food, the best of electronic appliances… but I couldn’t sleep. I’d wait to get back in front of the camera in the morning. I accept whatever I have done – the fights, beating up people at the cricket stadium. Everything. At times, stress gets the better of you. It was the stress and frustration of 11 months so obviously it found expression badly. I actually felt picked on. I thought I had entertained you guys enough not to be picked on. Can I not be questioned sometimes? The worst was when I came back home after a scuffle and told my kids I had fought. I felt cheap. The good part is that they know their father can be macho. But I felt bad when my daughter told me that she was going away to Delhi because she was scared of my anger. A father can be angry at home. But a daughter can’t see her father being angry on television and fighting in public.

Q. What makes Shah Rukh Khan angry?

Ill-mannered people make me angry. I don’t get angry often but when I do, I’m dangerous and unstoppable. I come from a lower middle-class family and it just doesn’t mean having less money. It also means dealing with certain kinds of people. I have beaten up people, used guns and knives and even gone to jail. Of late, I have realised that I get angry the most when my family is around. At the cricket stadium my kids were around and during the fight with Shirish Kunder, my sister Lala was with me. I’m very protective about my family. Once a man said something to my wife and I beat him black and blue. I have been given too much to be angry but anyone messing with my family will see my bad side.


  1. sputnik 11 years ago

    SRK seems to be losing it. His written interviews have become so boring – same nonsense in all of them. On one hand he talks about feeling bad about fighting and all and then he is trying to be macho and saying he will beat someone.

    “Come from a lower middle-class famly” – yeah that was more than 20 years ago and now you are one of the richest people in the country.

    “The negativity around me made me sit in the bathroom and cry for hours.”

    He should stop being such a drama queen.

  2. Ritz 11 years ago

    I think its about time for him to start having a healthy life. Sleep well for 6-8 hours and not boast abt energy levels and how he sleeps less. Eat right food, smoke less. It will start showing positive results in his mindset and appearance slowly.

    He was never consistent in his intervies, always contradicting himself too much. But this one is seriously bad interview, something really wrong. But its never too late.

    • Ritz 11 years ago

      There was this phase with Rajni too. He went berserk when he was on top. Drinking, smoking , showing attitude and abusing people etc. Its a different matter when u r on decline. Its tougher.
      Anyways, all the best to SRK.

  3. Ankur 11 years ago

    Veer Zaara, K3G, Chalte Chalte, Mohabbatein, Devdas, Kal Ho Na Ho, KANK, RNBDJ – none of them are romantic films? Come on!

    I kind of like his honesty to openly admit what mistakes he’s done. But to say that it’s good & showed everyone that he’s macho was not justified.

    If you really regret what you did then stop doing it. Don’t keep repeating & then claim I cried myself to bed!

    He had impeccable image in past. He’s just spoiled it in recent years.

  4. FS 11 years ago

    I tried myself to bed but the acidity inside me made me sit in the bathroom and try for hours. A couple of times my kids saw me trying and I didn’t like it.

    Looks like its the beginning of promotion for CE… Last time he played the victim of terrorism for MNIK and now trying to be Macho for CE – Brilliant Mastermind but his brand value is already on decline and faking won’t improve the brand value… From King to Drama Queen 😛

    • Ritz 11 years ago

      Next interview wil be having heading – “I did Chennai Express for my kids”

      • FS 11 years ago

        then he will talk abt stories of going to chennai and having expresso along with his kids. Then will say having expresso in Chennai was Macho experience

        • Ritz 11 years ago

          lol FS,

          but one thing to disappoint you. There is no expresso or anything in chennai. Its just plain south Indian “Filter” coffee.

          And yes, “filter” coffee is what many north indians miss.

          Ness coffee / instant coffee is a passe. 🙂

          There is no match to filter coffee – 😀 . especially for u non-south indians if u havent tasted it !!

          And especially a “chukku coffee” ( a strong ginger coffee) which u get in early morning at 5 AM on the roadside ….coffeewalas offering coffee on a bycycle….at that time….

          • FS 11 years ago

            I am from south india and I am not sure of filter coffee or chukku coffee but i like to drink mostly south indian coffee and tea… They are tasty, stronger and addictive as well.

            I guess Srk might have to stick to topics such as how he missed chennai express for shooting 😛

  5. mate 11 years ago

    The time comes to take TQ to dazzling heights. Congrats Sputnik. 🙂

  6. Reddemon 11 years ago

    Some misconceptions to be cleared.
    He said that he did a ‘HARDCORE’ romantic movie 15yrs back. Rest all movies have some other things attached liked he mentioned one for VZ.

    He said he cried because of the negativity around KKR and not for fighting with that guard.

    SRK is constantly pissing me off with such interviews. He should not answer those questions nw. Same ra.one same shirish same KKR and same wankhede.

    He should take a break for sometime

    • hithere 11 years ago

      People need to mature.. You cannot make everyone happy and there would be people backbiting you even if you do good things in life.

      Is this a real interview? I want to listen him talk about movies not what he does if it is like above.

      • Ritz 11 years ago

        “I want to listen him talk about movies not what he does if it is like above.”

        True. Well said hithere.

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