Shah Rukh Khan: Religious Intolerance Will Take us to Dark Ages

SHAH RUKH KHAN TOLD, “I WISH I DIDN’T HAVE THE INJURIES THAT SLOW ME DOWN BUT AT 50, I WOULDN’T CHANGE MUCH ELSE. I CAN MAKE FUN OF MYSELF, NOT THE ART. I LOVE THE FILMS I’VE DONE.” HE ADDED, “BEFORE I BECAME A FAN, I BECAME A STAR. SO I’VE NEVER REALLY BEEN A FAN OF ANYONE AND SO MAKING THE FILM FAN HOLLOWED ME OUT”

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Actor Shah Rukh Khan, celebrating his 50th birthday, spoke to Barkha Dutt about his big day, religion and, of course, romance.

Here are the highlights of the interview:

1. I wish I didn’t have the injuries that slow me down but at 50, I wouldn’t change much else

2. I can make fun of myself, not the art. I love the films I’ve done

3. I’ve decided I will only do films for myself

4. Before I became a fan, I became a star. So I’ve never really been a fan of anyone and so making the film Fan hollowed me out

5. It’s very odd that I’m trying to play me for someone who thinks of me differently

6. In the West, opinions are respected. In our country, I think opinion is taken with a little more aggression if it doesn’t agree with yours

7. I don’t speak my mind often enough because I worry my film get into trouble

8. Whoever takes a stand against creative people will face a huge backlash

9. Religion cannot be defined by our meat-eating habits

10. In my house, everyone is free to follow their religion. My kids were confused about whether they were Muslim or Hindu, I said ‘why not Christian?’

11. Religious intolerance, or intolerance of any kind, is the worst thing and will take us to the dark ages. Indians lose face over the questions that are asked

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