Last week, I met actor Shah Rukh Khan for an interview. Witty as he is, he joked that God had custom-made him to be a ‘star’. Almost like, it was his destiny to be King Khan, while still in production at the hands of God. Of course, he said it jokingly. He even said he didn’t miss the ‘normal life’. He didn’t feel the need to be ‘eating sev puri at the beach’. He admitted to being very happy with the stardom and the ensuing adulation he received, almost on a daily basis.
This morning, I was at the YRF Studios preview theatre, at 10am, like a diligent audience to watch the movie, FAN.
We watched the movie in one go, not even taking a break at the intermission. Here’s what I thought of it.
I didn’t really understand Shah Rukh Khan fandom until I was 22. Before that, I loved his films but I wouldn’t call myself a fan. I remember going to the set of Badshah when I was a teenager and not liking it because he went out to smoke. I was a child and I thought it was a dirty habit.
I watched Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi at my dad’s cinema and I fell in love with Shah Rukh Khan. Some magic took and I had a change of heart when I saw him on screen.
At the Fan trailer launch event, I truly became a fan because I felt this was the Shah Rukh Khan his fans loved. He had shades of grey, he was not perfect but he was playing a character, albeit very close to the King Khan he is in real life. And with thousands of fans thronging the event, some even hugging him tight, for not being able to contain themselves, others crying out of happiness, SRK maintained his cool. He was as calm as could be, because this is his life perhaps. It happens to him often and he maintains his composure.
Yesterday I got a call to meet Shah Rukh Khan at the YRF Studios and interview him. I was a bundle of nerves. What do you ask a man that everyone has interviewed and who everyone seeks to ask questions about life. What do you ask someone who is real but has a demigod status. What do you ask SRK?
The thing about me is I’ve grown up in one city, lived on the same street in the same home for almost all of my life. When I graduated from college, I had a sort of life plan. I was interested in film and film theory and wanted it to exist in whatever work I do. I fulfilled my dream of pursuing film criticism and being a published journalist. The next step was always to write a film script. And out of nowhere, somehow my wish of studying screenwriting is being granted. I’m going to a film academy for an intensive 8 week program in LA! It hasn’t sunk in yet because I’ve been so busy since the beginning of the month. But I sure as hell am very excited and a little nervous. I don’t want to pin any expectations on this trip and let it take its own course. Good plan?
I was thrilled to receive this email: “Get ready to be transported to the ‘Golden Era’ of Hindi Cinema! Zee Classic’s ‘The Classic Cut’ Film Festival brings to you 4 evergreen films of Indian Cinema – SHOLAY, DEEWAR, KARZ & SEETA AUR GEETA at PVR theatres in Juhu from 20th to 24th April at 9PM. You are cordially invited to relive the magic of these cult movies on the big screen with friends and family.”
For a student of cinema or a cinephile, these films would definitely top the ‘wish-to-watch-on-the-big-screen’ list. And because you all love the movies as much as I do, you get to accompany me to the screenings with a +1. All you have to do is share your favourite dialogue from the movie you wish to watch in the comments section below, on my Facebook page or at my Twitter. And I’ll get back to you with the deets.
10 movies release this Friday and not one excites me. 8 odd released last Friday and some were really bad. Despite that, I had a good run at the movies one week, watching one every day. Yes, folks, that’s me. 🙂
It started innocently. I had missed a screening of Hugo thanks to a clash with Fatso and Jannat 2 (that I had to review). After all the lovely things people had to say about Hugo, not only was I determined to watch but also show it to my sister. So after a review of The Little Door, we landed at the PVR Cinemas’ box office to watch Hugo. To the disappointment of 7 of us, every theatre across the city was running only one show and this particular one was sold out! Not wanting to watch an 11:15 pm show at Malad (of all places) where I was bound to fall asleep, we promptly booked tickets for the next day.
Just when one of my accompanying friends asked if I’d watch The Avengers with him, again. I really loved The Avengers even though I had originally watched it in 2D. When folks were raving about it in 3D, I didn’t realize they meant the IMAX 3D. In any case, I went ahead with it and thus, started my week at the movies (literally).