When Shah Rukh Khan shared he ‘didn’t want to be a star’ post advice from Amitabh Bachchan
Shah Rukh Khan shares an extremely close bond with superstar Amitabh Bachchan. And, over the years, the Jawan actor has also often sought advice from Big B. It was one conversation between SRK and Sr Bachchan after which the Jawan actor ‘didn’t want to be a star’. Shah Rukh had once shared how Sr Bachchan had scared him with a piece of advice. The actor had opened up about the same.
During an old interview, the Jawan actor recalled how he sat backstage with Bachchan ahead of a show and engaged in a conversation. Shah Rukh Khan revealed that Amitabh Bachchan had told him that since he was a ‘big star’, whatever he will do would ‘always be in the wrong’. The veteran actor had asked SRK to reply politely and not react; even if he ever got punched!
In 2017, while speaking with AIB Podcast, Shah Rukh had opened up about his conversation with Sr Bachchan. He had said, “Suddenly while talking he (Bachchan) said this, ‘Now that you’ve become a big star, whatever you do you’ll always be in the wrong. Toh pehli cheeze aesa karna ki kabhi jo ghalti ho jaaye toh haath jod k maafi maang lena (So the first thing you do, if you are ever at fault, is apologise with folded hands)’.”
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The Dunki actor added, “I was young and I said, ‘But Amitji what if I didn’t do any wrong’? He said, ‘Wahi toh keh raha hoon, maafi maang lena. Aur jaha jao jhook k baat karna (That’s what I’m saying, apologise. And wherever you go, talk humbly)’.”
SRK continued to share what Sr Bachchan told him and said, “Agar tumko koi battameeze kare, tumko mukka maare toh tum usko wapas mukka maroge toh pata hai kya hoga? I said, ‘Kya?’ ‘Tum drunk the’. I said, ‘But main drunk nahi tha.’ ‘Nahi tum the. Paesa tumhare sir pe chad gaya hai. Tum illegal kisam ke aadmi ho, tum corrupt ho’ (If someone is rude to you, hits you and if you hit back, do you know what will happen?’ I said, ‘What?’. ‘You were drunk.’ I said, ‘But I wasn’t drunk’. ‘No, you were. Money has made you proud. You’re an illegal and corrupt person’).”
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Shah Rukh added, “So I got so scared I didn’t want to be a star. I said, ‘Really? Yeh sab hojayega mere saath toh main kya karsakta hoon (Really, all these will happen with me then what can I do)?’ He said, ‘Kuch bhi nahi (Absolutely nothing)’. And then he just went quiet and sat down.”
Over the years, SRK and Big B have developed a strong bond and their families are close too. They have even worked together in several films like Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Veer-Zaara and others. While Sr Bachchan has Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra, Shah Rukh is reportedly set to feature in film too.