When Shah Rukh Khan ‘didn’t want to be a star’ after Amitabh Bachchan’s advice

Actor Shah Rukh Khan once spoke about the advice he got from Amitabh Bachchan that made him ‘so scared’ that he ‘doesn’t want to be a star’. In an earlier interview, Shah Rukh recalled how he started a conversation with Amitabh while sitting backstage before a show. Amitabh Bachchan had told Shah Rukh that since he is “a big star”, whatever he did would be “always wrong”. The veteran actor advised him to always respond politely and not react even when punched. (Also Read | amitabh bachchan shares old picture of signing don poster with shahrukh khan,

Shahrukh and Amitabh have done many shows together. The two starred in several films together, such as Mohabbatein (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Veer-Zaara (2004), Paheli (2005), and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006).

Speaking with AIB Podcast in 2017, Shah Rukh shared his conversation with Amitabh, “All of a sudden he said, ‘Now that you have become a big star, whatever you do will always go wrong. So the first thing to do is to apologise with folded hands if there is a mistake, ‘I have not done anything wrong’? He said, ‘I am saying the same, apologizing.

“If someone bullies you, punches you, you punch him back, you know what will happen? I said, ‘What?’ ‘You’re drunk,’ I said, ‘but I wasn’t drunk.’ ‘No you were. The dice have hit your head. You are an illegal kind of man, you are corrupt’, ‘What?’. ‘You were drunk.’ I said, ‘But I wasn’t drunk’. ‘No, you were. Money has made you proud. You’re an illegal and corrupt person’. So I did so scared I didn’t want to be a star. I said , ‘Really? What can I do with me (Really, what can I do if it all happens to me)?’ He said, ‘Nothing (absolutely nothing)’. And then he fell silent and sat down.”

Pathan is gearing up for the release of Shahrukh. The film is backed by Yash Raj Films and directed by Siddharth Anand and stars Shah Rukh in the lead. The film also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham and will release on January 25, 2023. He will also be seen in filmmaker Atlee’s Jawan, which will release in theaters on June 2, 2023. Apart from these, Shah Rukh will also be a part of Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki. The film also stars Taapsee Pannu with Shah Rukh, which is slated to release on 22 December 2023.

Amitabh has several films in the pipeline, including Sooraj Barjatya’s Height, which is slated to hit the theaters on November 11. The film also stars Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Danny Denzongpa, Neena Gupta and Parineeti Chopra in lead roles. Amitabh will also be seen in Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, which is slated to release on September 9, 2022.


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