'We’ve sold our souls for selfies:' SRK 

Sakal Times
Thursday, 20 July 2017

Shahrukh Khan's get candid with Rajeev Masand and talks about his personal life, career, stardom etc. on Straight Talk: SRK Style 

Shah Rukh Khan is a quite a charmer both on-screen and off-screen. He never fails to floor everyone with his wit and a great sense of humour. In an interview on CNN-News18's Straight Talk: SRK Style the Badshah of Bollywood opens up about a variety of topics from his personal life to the professional bit and shares his views on many other things with Rajeev Masand. The will be aired at 8:30 pm tonight on CNN-News18. Here are excerpts from the interview:  

‘The acceptance of the fact that I’m an actor has been there for so long’

‘They’re neither critical nor appreciative (of my work)’
‘Gauri was new to the film industry, but so was I. Two years in Mumbai was for us like a honeymoon full of bumps. There were issues. You didn’t know whether you would shoot till 6 in the morning.’
(After the initial struggle) ‘I became so successful (though none of us is materialistic) that it became part of the family. There’s a wife, now there are three children, there’s a sister & there’s stardom. We all live together’
‘The part of stardom that we all have accepted…this is part of the stardom’

'I think everybody in this day and age is fair game. We’ve sold our souls for selfies’

‘I think the kids started feeling awkward with all the paraphernalia. Every time I go out in a public place, I don’t take them with me. My wife doesn’t come, my children don’t come. I go to functions alone or post they have gone.’

‘Some adjustments have to be made…one of them was that I sent them abroad to study. Not because of the scrutiny, but because they were feeling a little awkward with all the attention they have.’

‘I’m happy they’ve gone. Where they’re studying, to a large extent people don’t know me’

‘I’m ok with them being photographed’

‘I understand photographs to be taken, I’ve explained it to my kids also that listen, if photographers come, stand, do the picture & say it – please can I go now? And they’ll all listen to you. I’ve known them for 25 years’

‘I really do believe you should deserve attention. You have to earn it. You have to do something for it. My kids also understand that just because you’re photographed doesn’t make you important. They know it.’
‘More often than not they’ll tell me how to behave with the paparazzi. They’ll say ‘papa, now don’t lose your temper. There will be too many people’

‘I think they’re quite mature about it’
‘We, my sister, Gauri and I, are very lower middle-class people…our wants, desires are not so many. But having said that, we are also of the belief that if you have the money, you should spend it on having a good life. There’s nothing like saving for a rainy day’
‘Because I did not have a house ever, till I came to Mumbai…I think I will give my children amazing basic education. The minimum criteria to live in the house is to be a graduate. But post that, the only thing I’ll give them is a house. It was difficult getting a house…I realise it’
‘They don’t want anything else. My kids are very clear about it. They don’t travel the way star kids should, they don’t have a car abroad…they travel by taxis, cars & trains out of choice. If my management tries to help them, they say tell papa we don’t need anything.’

'We don’t have money saved for a rainy day for them to live off’
‘I hate travelling. My introduction to most countries I’ve travelled to is by the hotels I’ve lived in and the movies they show there.’
‘We are actually discovering new things with every shot we take’

‘The character that I play is not someone you need to empathise with’
 ‘If I get into a historical movie, I need to get into the world and give up a lot of things. Just be a part of it.’

‘He’s got a few subjects, but he’s awfully busy with Padmavati. He’s got a couple of ideas that he’s been working for a few years…If I could be a part of any of them, it would be fantastic.’

--Compiled by Amrita Prasad

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