As Telugu star Mahesh Babu made headlines with his statement that Bollywood cannot afford him, an old video of Shah Rukh Khan talking about why he cannot be a part of Hollywood, has surfaced online. It shows a humble Shah Rukh listing the various reasons that make him ineligible for Hollywood. Fans of the actor are once again impressed with what he said. Also read: Shah Rukh Khan’s pic from Dunki sets surfaces online, fans say he looks ‘healthier, handsome’
The 14-year-old video shows Shah Rukh talking to international media at an event. On being asked about having any plans of joining Hollywood, Shah Rukh replies, “My English not good,” making a few burst into laughter.
He continues, “If they give me a role of a dumb person who doesn’t speak, maybe. I am not trying to be modest but I am 42 years old, I am little brown, I don’t have any special USP as an actor. I don’t know Kung fu, I don’t dance the Latin salsa, I am not tall enough. I think anyone who is my age in the western world, I have seen recent films of Europe, films of what you call ‘the dream factory’, I think there is no space for me. There is no place for me because I don’t think I am that talented.”
“So I would like to continue doing work in India and hopefully I take Indian cinema to the world, that’s the ambition I have,” he adds.
As the video was shared on Reddit, fans of the actor reacted to it. A fan said, “What I love about this answer is that he called out the West b* as well. The Kung Fu and Salsa comments are very pointed, the West only takes in people from the outside when they want to have them in stereotypical roles and nothing else. SRK knows he’s worth more than that.” Another said, “What an utterly charming guy!!! THIS is what makes him mega mega superstar.” One more fan said, “He’s like that kid in class who says he’s not good in studies and then goes on to score 95%.” A fan also wrote, “He once said he likes to self loath a lot but I know he’s not serious lol he definitely knows himself.”
“He is so hot and the self deprecating words & tone just added to it more,” read yet another comment. A fan also said, “This guy can sell apples to a tree. My god the way speaks and carries himself. They don’t call you king for no reason.”
Shah Rukh is a bachelor’s in economics from Delhi’s reputed Hansraj College. He is also a masters in mass communication. He is a Padma Shri recepient and has also been honoured with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Legion of Honour by the government of France.
Shah Rukh will now be seen opposite Deepika Padukone in Pathaan. He is currently working on Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki.