The Family Man fame Sharib Hashmi recalls his first meeting with Shah Rukh Khan; says, ‘I almost fainted’
Sharib Hashmi is currently riding high with the grand success of his latest web show, The Family Man 2. But his journey has been quite a long and inspiring one. “Despite Filmistaan doing so well, I lost three years of my life because of no good work, until The Family Man happened,” he shared. In The Family Man, Sharib was seen alongside actors Manoj Bajpayee, Samantha Akkineni, Priyamani, Seema Biswas, Darshan Kumar, and Sharad Kelkar, among others.
Sharib had to wait for over five years until director duo Raj and DK roped him as JK Talpade in The Family Man (2019). What followed him was a chain of memorable projects like Asur, Scam 1992 and Darbaan, apart from Ram Singh Charlie as a co-writer. While speaking to Indian Express, Sharib shared a nostalgic moment from Shah Rukh Khan’s film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Sharib worked with SRK in the 2012 film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The actor said that he ‘almost fainted’ when Shah Rukh introduced himself.
Sharib said, “My first day of the shoot was also my first scene in the film when Samar (Shah Rukh Khan) removes the bedsheet from my character Zain’s face. I was rehearsing that scene with an assistant director. In one instance when the bedsheet got removed, I saw SRK himself standing there. He told me “Hi I’m Shah Rukh,” and I almost fainted. After the shoot and pack-up, Shah Rukh sir told me that he enjoyed working with me and I was a very good actor. Even Yash Chopra sir complimented me. He said, “Tu Punjab se hai kya (Are you from Punjab)?” I told him I’m born and brought up in Mumbai and I’m not even a Punjabi. He said I was doing very well. So my first day will always remain special and memorable.”
“I met SRK at the film’s premiere later. He met me very warmly. My wife is his huge fan so when she met him, she got extremely excited. She still says she remembers his perfume (laughs). I also met him when I received the Screen Award for Filmistaan (2014). SRK was hosting that segment and when my name got announced, he said Sharib is a very good actor and my friend. Just hearing that from him is so special,” added Sharib.