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Not just the actor, but the larger-than-life phenomenon that is Shah Rukh Khan

Not just the actor, but the larger-than-life phenomenon that is Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan life

Seems like age is just a whiff which touches Shah Rukh Khan and drifts away. Don’t believe us? Well, watch the mini trails of Imtiaz Ali’s latest, ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, and watch this man turning on his flirt-o-meter to the max. You will get what we are saying. While actors his age play romance the safe way, it seems that Shah Rukh Khan is once again going to prove that be it any generation, he is going to rule the genre of rom-coms, come what may.

After all, it is not for nothing he is known as the King, the Baadshah of Bollywood. He is one of those few actors who have performed consistently and carved a niche for themselves. Such is the charm of this man that he is revered globally, and not just in India. But, behind this immense success lies a story of utmost dedication and hard work, for this stardom was not built overnight. It was achieved and created bit by bit. And it was all done by this one man, who had no one to fall back to, on days he struggled and strove to make a name for himself. He is a truly self-made man, who dared to infiltrate the Bollywood ruled by nepotism, solely on the basis of sheer talent that he possessed, and the passion that drove him.

This man is not just a reel-life king of hearts. He is a star for the people and by the people, not just on screens, but off it too. Probably that is why, even his downfall was not such that it could pull his zeal down, for he always had the love of his fans.

Did you know that Shah Rukh’s charities are a through and through secret affair? While there are many celebs who rave about their ‘good deeds’, here is a man who likes to keep it mum. However, if you do snoop around the right way, you would find out the tip of the iceberg. In the year 2012, the superstar had adopted 12 villages. Till date, he is providing those villages with all the basic amenities required for a normal and healthy lifestyle, including but not limited to electricity, water supply, education, medicines, and others. He was even named ‘Bollywood’s Most Charitable Person’ by China’s Hurun Research Institute, when he donated Rs 25 crores towards social and rural development. He also makes regular donations to ‘Make A Wish foundation’ and even invites kids to visit his house, ‘Mannat’, a dream many of his fans cherish, but he wishes to share the same with underprivileged kids. This is just a small percentage of what the superstar does.

Many may say that since he earns so much, so what if he donates a part of it. We beg to differ. We have seen richest of richest bargaining for a meager 10 bucks. It does not take money, but a heart to disburse what you have, to share what you have achieved, with those for who even the basics are luxuries.

No matter how larger-than-life this man has been on screens, making us go weak in our knees when we watch him romance, Shah Rukh has never been embroiled in big controversies, and certainly not the ones linking him up to his co-stars. His minor brawls, even if they have been, have been just made huge. For which father will not argue and turn unreasonable for his daughter? Our fathers too have done that. What matters is that SRK has never been arrogant and flaunted his stardom, or ever taken it for granted. This can be said for very few celebs, in today’s day and age.

Here is a man who lives for his fans, and is humble and down to earth. Shah Rukh has always stated how he will always owe his success to his fans who have loved him in all the highs and lows of his career and kept him going. And he deserves every bit of that love.

Not just acting, Shah Rukh has invested his earnings in ventures like Red Chillies Entertainment and Kolkata Knight Riders. While former gives us movies to cherish and remember, as a production house, latter is a top team in the Indian Premier League.

A well-learned man, Shah Rukh has a huge three-floor library, and the little time that he gets from his schedule, he loves to spend that reading in his study. His interviews are laced with witty one-liners that never reek of ignorance, for whatever he says, it comes from a rich experience, and a life which he has spent reading and garnering knowledge, apart from pursuing his passion. Despite that, the superstar has always been humble about the same. If you don’t believe us, watch his recent Ted Talk, and all the doubts will vanish. Not a tinge of pretence, this man owns the stage with his wisdom and life lessons.

A brilliant actor, an amazing speaker, a father who adores his kids Suhana, Aryan and AbRam, and who has stood by his wife Gauri like a rock, here’s Shah Rukh Khan, the larger-than-life persona, a phenomenon, for you.

 

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STOP judging the misery of Bollywood stars. They're as humane as we are

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning, have your cuppa of coffee and then grab up a newspaper in your hand, only to see a BREAKING scandal on the first page which is all about YOU. What would be your reaction? You’ll be shocked and paranoid, right?

The same goes for our Bollywood celebrities too.

They are famous, and we think that they are over-privileged, and so, we rob them of all the humanity we pride ourselves upon. We forget that Bollywood celebrities might also get the same feeling of helplessness when they are pulled into a puddle without any reason; for those just for the sake news. The point we want to prove here is that, we literally rely on the lives of our Bollywood celebrities; what they eat? where are they vacationing/partying? she was so fake during that interview?, and we so love it.

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But on a franker note, do we really know when to not cross the line? Let’s talk about a recent example, that of megastar Amitabh Bachchan. When many media houses reported (not us) that Senior Bachchan had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai; but the truth was something else. The star had actually visited the hospital for a routine check-up as he was complaining about a pain in his lumbar. Later, Big B penned down a poem in Hindi which explained that while he totally understands the photographers’ need for his pictures to continue their work and it is just part of their profession, those camera flashes may act hazardous at times, especially to the eyes, which is why he hid his face with a hat. PERIOD! Have a look at his heartfelt poem below:

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That’s just one of the example, when a problem of a star was not at all sympathised, but was churned into a BREAKING news.

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Even actress Preity Zinta recently became the catch for many media portals when the dimpled beauty was snapped exiting a hang-out spot in Mumbai wearing a ill-fitted dress. And then what, there were speculations that Is Preity Zinta pregnant and is that a Baby bump she is flashing? Like really peeps, now a actress can’t even wear a loose clothing piece, does everything needs to be oh-so gossip tuned?

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When Deepika Padukone talked about her depression story, without a doubt there were fans who sympathised the lady. But over time, there were also many who pointed out the credibility of her confession. Questions were raised and statements were thrown at her which in a gist meant that being a lady who enjoyed so much fame and money, how could she claim of suffering from depression. Clearly, such people just proved their ignorance of the fact that Depression is not just a verb, but actually a mental illness which can claim anyone, irrespective of status, wealth, talent and beauty.

How fickle and heartless we are as audience. We claim to be head over heels in love with our stars and yet when it comes to such times and things, we leave no chance to take a jibe at them.

Few months back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paid the price of being a celebrity, when paparazzi zoomed and clicked some tacky snaps of the star when she had visited Manish Malhotra‘s residence for dinner, along with her hubby. But instead of being supportive and taking Aish’s side, social media took pleasure out of those GROSS photos. We wouldn’t have reacted the same way if it would have happened with someone close to us, right?

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Yesterday, a media portal bashed Sonakshi Sinha with her choice of ensembles which she wore during her film’s promotion. While we do get that everything cannot be sugar-coated, but we do need to be subtle in the way that even celebs as humans get what we are trying to say.

Forget sympathy, where is the empathy?

Are we affirming the fact that celebrities are rich and so their misery is not at all real? Why can’t we gulp the fact that the problems of our stars are also genuine? Their misery, no matter how public, are real, even in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. Agreed that they are rich, move in their swanky cars and do what not; but at last they are HUMANS just like you and me.

Lastly, not all celebrities are publicity obsessed. And we should surely learn where to draw a line. TIME OUT!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

Sincerely,
A guy who misses you on big screen

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