Aanand L Rai believes Shah Rukh Khan may have become a superstar but the actor still is the same Delhi boy at heart with humble beginnings and it was this quality that made him even more endearing for the filmmaker’s next Zero.
In Zero, the 52-year-old actor, popular for portraying characters in love stories set abroad, plays a dwarf that travels from Meerut to New York.
“I always felt he is a very basic Delhi boy. Whenever I saw him in those valleys of Switzerland, I felt ‘Oh Delhi boy wahan tak pahuch gaya’ (the Delhi boy has achieved great heights). I never felt he didn’t belong there.”
“That is the reason why I think he has a great connect in our country because he represents a basic middle-class boy that has achieved it,” Aanand told PTI when asked how does he see this transformation of the actor.
Shah Rukh is a middle-class boy at heart yet very unapologetic about his fame. He doesn't mind being encapsulated by the attention he gets. He is hardly overwhelmed by it because its what he has wanted.
On his fame he has said, “It’s extremely nice to hear the words King and Baadshah, heartthrob, loved, romantic hero, etc… All these things are really positive things. I’d rather be hearing these than some negative aspects that people might associate to my name. So, I’m extremely thankful and happy that this happened.”
“Having said that, my core job is to try and entertain people. Like I always say, make them smile… Fulfil some unfulfilled dream or emotion in them that might exist. Give them a couple of hours of happiness. It has to be as simple as that. Everything else that comes is peripheral.”
“Everything that gets attached to my acting in films… whether it’s the money, the fame, the name, whether it’s on a power list, whether it’s an award… all of those are windfall games,” Shah Rukh said.
So he's grounded and fame hasn't gotten to his head either!
Meanwhile, the movie reunites the cast of Jab Tak Hai Jaan with SRK, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif featuring in the film.