What can one say about the charismatic King of Bollywood that hasn’t been said before? Millions of adoring fans surround him cheering and screaming his name every time he steps out for an event. Whether you are a fan or not, he is undeniably the most recognized face from Bollywood in the world and that is an achievement in itself.
He was born on 2nd November, 1965 in New Dehli under the Scorpio zodiac sign. He is Pathan from his father’s side and Hyderabadi from his mother’s side. He has a fear of horses and struggles to overcome it. His favorite phrase is “Let’s do it!” Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. He loves chicken and his favorite flavor is orange. He enjoys drinking Pepsi and watching the Discovery Channel. He is greatly inspired by his favorite actor, Dilip Kumar. Shahrukh Khan is a huge fan of the Black Eyed Peas and loves eating out at China White in Mumbai, Nobu in London, Buddha Bar in New York and Kittichai in Soho. His favorite film is Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) and he loves reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Admas. He is proficient in cricket, hockey, soccer and was a brilliant student at school but he disliked Hindi as a subject. Discourtesy for no reason upsets him more than anything. He fell in love with his now wife Gauri Khan and had his son Aryan and daughter Suhana.
He started off from humble beginnings in the TV serial, Fauji (1988), which was majorly popular because the audience was captivated by this amazing screen presence and superb acting skills. His parents’ demise saw him move to Mumbai to try his luck in Bollywood. His first film Deewana (1992) was a super hit for which he received the Fimfare Best Debut Actor Award. From then on his hard work and patience paid off with a constant series of successes for him. Even the critics praised his performance in Baazigar and Darr where he had a negative role. He skyrocketed to fame with the unforgettable Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).
He had a few setbacks with films like Dil Se, Paheli and others but still people appreciated his unconventional roles in such films and it did nothing to harm his career. Dreamz Unlimited was created by him for production in 1999.He starred in and produced films likePhirBhiDilHai Hindustani (2000), Asoka(2001) and ChalteChalte(2003).
People thoroughly enjoyed his work with Yash Chopra and Karan Johar in his most loved films like Dil To PagalHai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Mohabbatein (2000), KabhiKhushiKabhieGham (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). His production company Red Chillies Entertainment made his films Main Hoon Na (2004), Paheli (2005), Om Shanti Om (2007) and Billu (2009).
The remake of popular film Don (2006) was a great success and lead to the creation of its sequel later. The India- Pakistan sports rivalry and negative attitudes towards women sports was explored in Chak de India (2007) that captured the audience’s interest. Rab ne Bana di Jodi (2008) showed a very different side of King Khan that left fans begging for more. My Name is Khan (2010) was very thought provoking and approached the sensitive subject of terrorism and Islam that was handled well by Karan Johar and approved by audiences both in India and internationally. His first film with screen siren Katrina Kaif and reunited costar Anushka Sharma, Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), was a success while Chennai Express (2013) was very popular as well among his fans.
He also received Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour and the Government of France has awarded him both the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Légiond’honneur. He accepted8 Filmfare Best Actor Awards, 1 Filmfare Best Villian. His statue at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, London is a popular attraction.