On the occasion of his 47th birthday, Shahrukh Khan talks about films and his new venture, KidZania to Indian Express on Nov. 2, 2012.
After sharing his passion of sports, King Khan’s foray into the world of education- cum-entertainment space first surfaced in the summer of 2012, when he decided to bring the Mexico-based global edutainment brand KidZania to the country.
KidZania is being brought to India by ImagiNation Edutainment India, which is promoted by Shahrukh Khan, with 26 per cent interest.
In the interview, he talks passionately about his venture and says, “…my amusement park, KidZania will launch early next year in Ghatkopar. It’s a fun thing for kids. They can live a profession inside the park. They can be a surgeon, an architect, a fireman… and they get a passport and they earn KidZania money which can be redeemed at any other KidZania park in the world. Parents are strictly not allowed here and I’m really excited to see how the kids take to it.”
Ruling the industry for two decades, Shahrukh Khan shares his insights about his approach towards the roles he plays on screen – and how it has evolved over the years. Although his fans adore him for being the dependable lover he projects on screen, King Khan says that he prefers to keep it very real now.
Still believing that “I’m the best,” Shahrukh Khan shows traces of vulnerability when he talks about his forthcoming movie, “Jab Tak Hai Jaan,” where he portrays a Bomb Disposal guy, Samar.
The newly-turned 47-year old says, “He’s (Samar) angry, unforgiving, with loads of emotional baggage. I play him sweet when he needs to be, actually he is a lot like me.
It’s strange but nowadays most of the guys that I play on screen are closer to me in real life, even in Don 2 there were certain streaks of mine in the character.
I think that’s what experience does to you. It makes you feel brave enough to take your hand inside of your core and take out that what you need to, in order to add to the role. I’m a little more tender and gentle with myself these days and so I tell myself that it’s okay to show a bit of myself on screen.” (Click the slideshow link to see his interpretation of the “arrogant lover.”)
And with millions of fans spanning continents loving him unconditionally – accepting his interpretation of “himself,” the Badshah can look forward to many more soul-searching performances in years to come.
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