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Thursday, November 02, 2006
Shahrukh Khan! The one word that comes to your mind when you say his name is sheer magnetism. He is energetic, he is charismatic and he can be defined in millions of fantastic adjectives. But words fall short when you speak of Shahrukh Khan. Today he is a star but here was a time when he was nothing more than a TV actor with dreams to be big in the film industry. He was best known for his roles in Circus and Fauji. This is till Deewana happened to him. But there was another filmmaker who showed keen interest in Shahrukh Khan. He saw in him the makings of a super star. And the film maker is Kundan Shah.
Kundan Shah is the same man who gave Shahrukh Khan Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. The movie, which won Shahrukh his first critic's award as an actor. His performance as a confused loser was appreciated by one and all. Kundan Shah feels Shahrukh Khan was perfect for the role because of his flair for tragedy. He had to convince Shahrukh that if he wanted the film to shape out as Kundan had thought of it, then they both had to believe in the project. And Kundan says that Shahrukh did exactly the same. So much so that he went ahead and distributed the film in Bombay territory without even being a producer.
When questioned that how much Shahrukh was paid for the role of Sunil in the movie, Kundan replies that he was paid only Rs 25,000. 25,000??? Difficult to digest but those were the starting years of Shahrukh. Kundan himself was paid Rs 50,000. The producer of the film wanted to sign a contract with Shahrukh Khan. So Kundan was given Rs 5,000 as signing amount to give it to Shahrukh Khan and was asked to get the contract signed. Kundan went to Shahrukh who was at the Muhurat of Deewana then and gave him the signing amount and asked him to sign the contract. A modest Shahrukh asked what the need for this was. Shahrukh was in an empty corner of a room. There was no table around. That is when he bent on his knees and signed the contract for Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa.
Talk about big stars modesty. Well Shahrukh, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is one of your many films, which you can feel very proud about.
Serenading forever - Shammi Kapoor
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