Shah Rukh Khan!
The name is enough to bring the title of 'Badshah of Bollywood' into our minds. He is adored by millions of fans all over the world. Starting his career early initially into television in the 1980's and moving onto Bollywood, his ultimate calling, Shah Rukh Khan has come a long way and has travelled straight into the hearts of many. A natural at acting, he is known for his great sense of humour and the dignity with which he lives his life. He is as big a star in the world as humble he is as a person.
A true gentleman at heart, Shah Rukh Khan, is a family man. His priorities in life have been his work, friends and family which is reflected in his choice of life. Coming to family, his love story has been nothing short of a fairy tale. He married a Hindu-Punjabi girl named Gauri when he had just started appearing on the silver screen. At the time when Hindu-Muslim riots were rife, it must have been difficult for this loving couple to convince their family and get married.
Below is an account of quite an old interview taken by senior actress Farida Jalal on her talk show where he narrates an account in which Shah Rukh asked Gauri to don a Burkha and change her name on their wedding day.
Read on below!
He is no doubt the heart-throb of millions!
Shahrukh started his career early with television shows. Success wasn't far when he soon appeared on the silver screen.
Shah Rukh narrates an incident from back then when Gauri's relatives were a bit sceptical about him and were worried about his culture and religion. He said, "I remember, when their whole family, old fashioned people, I respect them all and respect their beliefs, but at that time, in that old fashioned reception, all of them were sitting together and whispering, "Hmmm... He's a Muslim boy... Will he change the girl's name? Will she (Gauri) become a Muslim?"
Given the circumstances, Shah Rukh was in no mood to let go of this opportunity to pull a prank on Gauri and her relatives and said, "Okay Gauri, put on your Burkha and let's read the Namaz now." The whole family stared at us wondering if I had already changed her religion." So I told them, "From now on, she will wear a Burkha all the time, she won't ever leave the house, and her name will be changed to Ayesha, and she will be like this."
He had great fun on his wedding day pulling this prank, but he rightly says this, "I had a lot of fun, but the lesson in all of this was that one should respect religion, but it should not come in the way of love. But it was a great wedding, and it's still going on strong."
When Farida questioned Shah Rukh as to what would he do if Gauri leaves him one day to which he replied funnily saying "Not just one morning, she says it every morning. If she does something like that, which she shouldn't because I am so henpecked but if she does, I'll tear my clothes and stand on the streets and I think I'll sing that song, 'Gore Gore O Baanke Chhore Kabhi Meri Gali Aaya Karo', I'm sure she will come back."
"No that's not the case. Actually what happens in our film industry is that heroes take pictures with their heroines and marry them. Then the next week they take pictures with some other heroine and marry her. I did opposite, I got married first, and now I'm taking pictures. So it's not as I don't like heroines, but since I am already married and as getting married every week can be very tiring and it's hard to get dates for it. So I've decided I'll take pictures with the person I'm married to."
"My cooking is very limited. I can boil water very well. That I am expert at. And the best thing about my boiling water is that people can drink it and bathe in it. So there are two advantages to it. On top of that, if you add an egg to it, I don't know if it will get half boiled or fully cooked, but I can make that too. And if you add tea leaves to it, I can make tea too. Basically, I am a chef of many cuisines. My wife married me because I cook well."
That's SRK for you! All fun and humour!