Shah Rukh Khan has been one of the biggest stars of the Hindi film industry for almost three decades. While he found immediate success with his first few films becoming blockbusters, it was not always easy for the actor. Shah Rukh made his TV debut in the late 80s and had to audition a lot before getting his first break in films. In an old video, he once told how producers are often not impressed by his skills. Read also: Shahrukh Khan hid his face under a hoodie, mask at Hyderabad airport with Atlee, fans wonder why he is hiding his youthful look
Shahrukh made his TV debut in 1988 with the successful show Fauji. He went on to work in a few other shows for the next few years before turning to films in the early 90s. The first film he signed was Aziz Mirza’s Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman but it was Deewana which released earlier. But all this happened after a lot of struggle.
In an old video, apparently from a 1995 award function, Shah Rukh is seen on stage recounting these days of struggle. This video has been shared by Bollywood Direct on Instagram. In the video, Shah Rukh says, “I went to meet a producer and he asked me ‘you want to be a hero’ and I said ‘yes sir’.” Shah Rukh said that the producer asked him if he could dance and Shah Rukh mimicked how he did an energetic dance for him in his office. The actor said that the producer told him, “Let it be. Yeh toh Govinda kilo ke bhava karta hai (Let it be, Govinda does a lot).” Shah Rukh then said that he did a fight scene for him and the producer again said, “Let it be. Yeh Toh Sunny Deol Ton Ke Bhava Karta Hai (Let it be, Sunny Deol does it a lot). ,
Shah Rukh said that the producer discouraged him a lot. “He told me that I would not work at the box office, it was impossible for me to work at the box office. I heard this and I decided that if I can’t be successful at the box office, I can at least try and I can fail too.” Eventually, Shah Rukh found unprecedented success at the box office, beginning with the 1995 release of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. By the late 90s, he had established himself as arguably the most bankable star in Bollywood.
The actor was last seen on screen in the 2018 film Zero opposite Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. He will next be seen in Pathan in January 2023. The film also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. Shah Rukh also has Atlee Ka Jawan and Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki in the pipeline.
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