After fighting it out for years for the B-Town crown, Shahrukh Khan has passed it on to two of his biggest rivals Aamir Khan and Salman Khan.
On the couch of Koffee With Karan (KWK), SRK, in one of his most mellow moods, has spoken candidly about friends, co-stars, films and much more. But one striking note in this chat appears to be when Shahrukh reveals that he needs to grow up as Salman and Aamir have.
A source present on KWK said, "For years Shahrukh and Aamir have been passing snide remarks about each being King and Ace of the box office and masses. Shahrukh and Aamir are two of the most popular Khans and adored by thousands of fans, so the fight for the ultimate title has always been quite an issue with these two stars, as they have always managed to topple each other at some point of time or the other. They have even sarcastically claimed their number one spot at media events."
While both have had equally big hits with 3 Idiots and My Name Is Khan, in recent times their rivalry hit an all-time high when both the stars were reported to sign on projects with international directors with the basic storyline of the city of Mumbai.
Shahrukh is to do a project with Danny Boyle, who is scheduled to adapt Suketu Mehta's Maximum City. Aamir Khan with director Paul Schrader, is to adapt Extreme City for producer Anubhav Sinha, which will be based in Dharavi, a slum in the city.
However Shahrukh in KWK has put to rest the Aamir-SRK war when he tells show host Karan Johar, "I am not and can never be as big a star and actor like Salman or Aamir. I would like to grow up to be like them one day."
This was quite a revelation considering SRK is known to be an actor who considers himself the superstar of B-Town and has never made any bones about being the No 1.
Apart from humbly giving up his throne, there's another reason for SRK's statement, the source said. "The fact is Aamir and Salman are senior to SRK in terms of having entered the industry before him. So, that's also SRK's tongue-in-cheek way of saying he is younger to them in experience and still has a lot to learn."