On 2nd November, a legend of Indian cinema, Shahrukh Khan, was born at the Talwar nursing home in New Delhi. He was born in a middle class family and since then has gone on to become the richest actor in the world. Today on his birthday we share his journey from a simple Delhi lad to being the King Khan in Bollywood.
SRK used to live in a modest house at F-442 Rajendra Nagar and was enrolled in tiny tots when he was a toddler. He was then admitted into the prestigious St Columba school, where on his first day, when he was interviewed, he said that his father is a Tempo driver as he used to own a transportation business. He was quite a naughty student and was often scolded and punished for his antics.
He was very bad in Hindi subject, but one day his mother told him that if he got the highest marks in class, she would take him to a theatre. He had never been to a movie hall before, so he stayed up all night and got full marks in the subject.
This was the turning point in his life as he got the feel for Hindi cinema, and thus decided to become an actor. His favourite actress while growing up was the legendary Mumtaz and whenever her songs used to play on the radio, Shahrukh would get up and start dancing.
His father expired when he was just 15 years old and after ten years he also lost his mother. This compelled him to leave Delhi and he came to Mumbai to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. He initially made his mark playing negative roles which no actor at that time wanted to do as it would spoil their image. But King Khan defied all odds and the movies made him an overnight star.
After that he concentrated more on romantic roles and made his image of a romantic hero. His biggest hit till date, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, is still running in theatres after 18 years of its release. He has won the maximum number of Filmfare awards in the lead actor category. He has also proved his versatility as an actor in movies like Swades, Chak De India and Chennai Express.
Baadshah Khan is also known for his shrewd business mind and after starting up production companies, he has also invested in the IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. His investments and his sheer dedication has made him the richest actor in the world today.
He owns houses all over the world and has a flat in London, a villa in Palm Jumeriha and of course his palace in Mumbai, Mannat.
Shahrukh's father was a freedom fighter and was the youngest one to be lodged at a jail when he was just 15 years old.
Shahrukh was awarded the sword of honour in his school, which is reserved for students who are excellent in studies as well as extra circular activities.
Dilip Kumar Lookalike
Shahrukh's mother used to tell him that he looks a lot like Dilip Kumar, who was also his favourite actor.
Shahrukh's favourite movie is Mughal-E-Azam and he used to recite the dialogues from the film to his friends.
King Khan and his friends had formed a gang called the Cool gang and even made shirts which had the initial C on it.
To make an impression on Gauri, he lied to her that he had a bike and would park his scooter outside so she wouldn't see it.
Even though he was the best student from his school, he was rejected by the principle of St Stephens college and he threw away his certificates.
He was an all rounder as he was the captain of his school's Cricket, Hocket and Football team. His career in sports was cut down by injuries.
Starting Of Stardom
He said that he was first recognised by a fan when he was in Delhi. A couple was going in an autorickshaw when they spotted him and waved to him.
In an interview with Karan Johar in 2004, SRK said that he wanted to play the role of Don, and got to do the role when he was cast in the remake.
Love His Fans
He says that unlike other superstars, he enjoys when the public mobs him as he wanted to become an actor to get recognised and loved everywhere.
Shahrukh loves to eat Chicken tikka and said that he can have it in all his meals.
Shahrukh has the number 555 in all his cars and he does not mind to pay a lot to get the number.
Shahrukh has done lots of charity, but does not want to showcase it in the media as he feels charity should be done in such a manner that no one knows about it. He has also received an award from UNESCO for his contribution.
Shahrukh says that money matter a lot to him because he wants to secure the future of his children. He also said he faced lots of hardships in his early days, so now he wants to live a lavish life.