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Shah Rukh Khan
Also known as:SRK, Shahrukh Khan
Occupation:Actor • Producer • Special Appearances • Voice Cast
Born:November 2, 1965
Birthplace:New Delhi, Delhi, India
Spouse:Gauri Khan
Hailed as the world`s biggest superstar and the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan is a phenomenon like no other. From his humble beginnings as an outsider in a largely dynastic Hindi cinema to earning the numero uno position in the industry, his rise might seem like a fairytale; but is in fact a testament to the actor`s sheer talent, infectious energy and hard work. An incredible artistic journey that started with the 1989 tv series Fauji has continued to flourish for around three decades now, scaling dizzying heights of stardom and redefining Bollywood along the way.

With over 80 movies to his credit, countless national and international accolades, staggering box office receipts and an immense fan base spread across the globe, SRK remains one of the biggest icons of contemporary cinema. Some of his best known works include Baazigar (1993), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil Se (1998), Devdas (2002), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Swades (2004), Chak De! India (2007), My Name Is Khan (2010) and Zero (2018).

Born on the 2nd of November, 1965 in New Delhi, Khan spent the first five years of his life with his maternal grandfather in Mangalore. He then moved back to New Delhi, where his family lived in rented apartments. Khan then joined St. Colombia`s School in New Delhi, where he excelled in both studies and sports such as football and hockey. He was also the recipient of his school`s highest award, the Sword of Honor.

Khan graduated from Hansraj College and earned a Bachelor`s degree in economics, however, he spent most of his time with Delhi`s Theatre Action Group (TAG). After his graduation, he pursued his master`s degree in mass communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, but left it midway to follow his acting career, and was subsequently mentored by the renowned theatre director and teacher Barry John.

Khan lived with his parents and sister, Shahnaz Lalarukh, in New Delhi. His father, Meer Taj Mohammed Khan, a Pashtun (Pathan) from Afghanistan, was an Indian Independence activist in Peshawar and was affiliated with the All Indian National Congress. His father moved to New Delhi in 1948 after the partition, and married Lateef Fatima, a Hyderabadi, in 1959. His father was diagnosed with cancer and died in 1981. His mother also passed away in 1991 after struggling with diabetes. Soon after the death of both their parents, his elder sister Lalarukh fell into depression, leaving Khan to take on her responsibility. She continues to live with him and his family in Mannat, his mansion in Bandra, Mumbai.

Shah Rukh Khan met Gauri Chibber, his then girlfriend and now wife, for the first time at a party in 1984, when he was only 18 years of age. After six years of courtship, the two got married in a Hindu ceremony on the 25th of October, 1991. The couple has three children together. Aryan is the couple`s eldest son, born in 1997, followed by Suhana, who was born in 2000, and the latest addition to their family is AbRam, born in 2013, who was born through a surrogate mother.

Shah Rukh Khan was first seen in popular TV series Fauji in 1989. Although he was supposed to make his television debut with Lekh Tandon`s show Dil Dariya, due to certain delays, Fauji marked Khan`s television career debut. Fauji not only helped him in getting public recognition but also led him to bag a role in Aziz Mirza`s Circus. Khan went on to act in various TV series, until his first Bollywood debut Deewana in 1992 as a second male lead starring along with Divya Bharti and Rishi Kapoor. Deewana was a box office hit and won him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. In the same year, movies such as Chamatkar, Dil Aashna Hai, and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman featured the actor in lead roles.

In 1993, Khan portrayed two of his most iconic anti-hero characters in Darr and Baazigar. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role for his portrayal of a dangerously obsessive lover in Darr, but lost to Paresh Rawal. However, Khan won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in Baazigar. In 1994, Khan also won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for his role in comedy-drama Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. The same year, he was again seen portraying the role of an obsessive lover opposite Madhuri Dixit in Anjaam, for which he won the Filmfare Best Villain Award. While every actor only focused on bagging the protagonist`s role, Khan took risks, which cemented his place in the industry.

The biggest turning point in Khan`s career came with Aditya Chopra`s directorial debut Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, where he played the role of a romantic hero. The movie won Khan his second Filmfare Best Actor award, for his portrayal of Raj Malhotra. In the years that followed, Khan consistently delivered hits in various genres, among which were the action thriller Koyla (1997), the romantic comedy Yes Boss (1997), the romantic musical Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), the romantic drama Dil Se (1998) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).

In 2000, Khan was cast alongside Amitabh Bachchan in Aditya Chopra`s Mohabbatein, in which he essayed the role of a music teacher, Raj Aryan Malhotra. He received his second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for Mohabbatein. In the following year, Khan starred alongside an ensemble cast featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor in Karan Johar`s family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), which became the highest grossing Indian movie of the year.

In 2002, he portrayed the titular role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s rendition of the classic period romance Devdas, which was Bollywood`s most expensive movie at that time. He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award for Devdas. Khan then donned the role of Aman Mathur, a cancer-stricken young man, in Karan Johar`s Kal Ho Na Ho, where his performance received a lot of critical acclaim. Between 2000 and 2004, Khan was the undisputed king of the box office, as all his releases - Mohabbatein (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Devdas (2002), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and Veer-Zaara (2004) - became the highest grossing Indian films of their respective years. He repeated the feat yet again in 2007 with Om Shanti Om, which was also the debut movie of popular actress Deepika Padukone.

While enjoying enormous box office clout over the years, Khan has also delivered some stellar performances in some critically acclaimed offbeat movies, among which are his turn as the NASA scientist Mohan Bhargav in Swades (2004), disgraced hockey player Kabir Khan in Chak De! India (2007), the autistic Rizwan Khan in My Name is Khan (2010) and the obsessive admirer Gaurav Chandna in Fan (2016). The romantic comedy Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), the action thriller Don (2006) and its sequel Don 2 (2011); the romantic drama Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) and the action comedy Chennai Express (2013) are a few of his other mainstream super hits since the turn of the century.

More recently, the actor was seen in the coming-of-age drama Dear Zindagi (2016), where he essayed an unconventional yet highly insightful psychologist named Jehangir Khan; and the crime drama Raees (2017), where he was portrayed the titular role of a bootlegger with grey shades. These were followed by the romantic comedy Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017), which proved to be a disappointment both critically and commercially. The romantic comedy-drama Zero was Khan`s sole release in 2018, where he portrayed a vertically challenged man whose life takes an interesting turn after meeting two women with contrasting personalities. He then appeared in Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022), Laal Singh Chaddha (2022), Brahmastra (2022), Pathaan (2023), Jawan (2023) and Dunki (2023).
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Did You Know? (26)

  • Hirani shot Dunki (2023) in 75 days where SRK contributed for 60 days.
  • Dunki marks Shahrukh Khan`s first collaboration with director Rajkumar Hirani.
  • To prepare for Jawan, SRK watched movies made by Atlee and took inspiration from Vijay, Allu Arjun, Rajinikanth and Yash among others.
  • While the song `Beqarar Karke Humein` was Atlee`s idea, reportedly SRK choreographed the steps himself.
  • SRK shot separately for the Hindi and Tamil songs where he lip-synced lyrics in both languages.
  • SRK sported seven different looks in Jawan, including his viral bald look.
  • Before becoming an accomplished actor, Shah Rukh used to live in a rented apartment with his family. He now lives in his INR 2000 crore mansion, Mannat, in Mumbai's suburban Bandra.
  • Shah Rukh Khan is the first Indian who has been honored with UNESCO's Pyramid con Marni Award for promoting the education of children in India.
  • Before making it big in Bollywood, Shah Rukh took up odd jobs. He ran a dhaba in Daryaganj, Delhi, which failed to work.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Shah Rukh Khan got his first salary, INR 50, for working as an usher at a Pankaj Udhas concert, and not from the television series, Fauji. With that money, he booked a train ticket to Agra to see the Taj Mahal.
  • French perfume brand Jeanne Arthes launched a fragrance labeled Tiger Eyer by SRK.
  • Shah Rukh Khan suffers from Hippophobia, fear of horses.
  • Shah Rukh himself sold tickets for his movie Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa at the booking counter of a theater.
  • Shah Rukh Khan is a big fan of Manchester United Football Club.
  • Shah Rukh never kissed any of his on-screen lovers despite being a romantic hero, however, he kissed Katrina Kaif in Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
  • Shah Rukh Khan is the second richest actor in the world, which means he earns much more than most Hollywood actors too.
  • Shah Rukh Khan was offered the lead role in OMG! Oh My God! but he opted out of the project eventually.
  • Shah Rukh Khan's wedding ring slipped off his finger, during the shoot. Khan had everyone on the sets searching for it, with the unbelievable excuse that if the ring wasn't found, he would have to get married again. Thankfully the crew found the ring quickly.
  • Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Arjun Rampal underwent a special martial arts training program to perfect their characters further in the movie Don.
  • Salman Khan was offered Devdas' role before it went to Shah Rukh Khan.
  • Apparently, Shah Rukh Khan used to drink a few pegs before the shots in Devdas to give his character a realistic touch, although he, apparently, he does not drink in real life.
  • Shah Rukh Khan did not wear a harness while filming the song 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' from Dil Se.., which was shot on top of a moving train.
  • Salman Khan was offered the lead role in Baazigar. However, he rejected the role since he did not want to play a negative character, which is when the role was offered to Shah Rukh Khan.
  • Shah Rukh Khan is seen sporting a turban in one of the songs from Jab Harry Met Sejal titled 'Butterfly', which is the first time that he has been seen wearing one in his 25-year-long career.
  • Singapore has named a rare species of orchids, now known as Ascocenda Shah Rukh Khan, after the Indian superstar.
  • Shah Rukh Khan was initially offered the role of Bunnu in the movie Deewana Mastana (1997). However, he could not commit to the role due to date issues. The role was eventually bagged by Govinda.
  • Personal Quotes (9)

  • "Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to the U.S. The immigration guys kick the star out of my stardom."
  • "You never win the silver, you only lose the gold."
  • "Reporter: When will you start making different movies? Better movies? Shah Rukh Khan: When will you start asking different questions? Better questions?"
  • "It's okay to be confused. Confusion is the route to all the clarity in the world."
  • "I don't write cheques anymore because I end up signing them 'With love, Shah Rukh'."
  • "I'm not bisexual, I'm tri-sexual. I try everything."
  • "Alas, even though I am fantastic looking, I am still quite intelligent."
  • "I treat all my heroines like children now. I pick them up, I cuddle them and call them baby."
  • "Reporter: You are so good looking, do you wake up like this? Shah Rukh Khan: No, I have to go through a plastic surgery every morning."
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