Unknown Facts About Shah Rukh Khan

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1.     His career-making role in Deewaana was  meant to be  played by star-son ArmaanKohli, veteran  filmmaker Raj Kumar Kohli’s hot-headed son who completed one schedule  of   the  film and walked  out  after a tiff with  director Raj Kanwar.  Desperate  for a refill   the producers  signed  the  first newcomer  who  fitted  the  bill.

2.     Shah Rukh’s Pathan  character in Kamal Haasan’s Hey Ram was named AmjadKhan after   Sholay’s Gabbar Singh  whom Kamal Haasan was  very close to. SRKdidn’t charge  a single penny for  the  film.  “You don’t  take money for the privilege  of  working with  an actor  like Kamal Hassan,” he  told me.

3.     Shah Rukh  and Aamir Khan never  came together. They almost did  in Aamir’s cousin Mansoor Ali Khan’s Josh.  Mansoor  wanted  Aamir to play Aishwarya’s love interest. But Aamir wanted  to play Aishwarya’s twin brother. The  role that Shah Rukh  played.

4.     Shah  Rukh  was  so keen to play Sridevi’s love interest in Army that he  agreed to do a cameo and  also agreed to sport  a moustache for  the  first and last time in his career  to look suitably matched with the Diva.

5.     In Koyla, Shah Rukh played  a mute character. He  originally had no dialogues. But then  the distributors cribbed  about  the Superstar’s wordless  presence and producer-director Rakesh Roshan had  no choice but to make  SRK  talk in  a  dream  sequence.

6.     SRK loves all his co-stars. But his favourite is Raakhee Gulzar who played  his mother  in  Karan Arjun.  SRK  dotes  on  her and  treats like his own mother.

7.     Shah Rukh Khan has played Shah  Rukh Khan  many times  over. He  played himself for the first time in a little known Govinda starrer called Achanak. Two years later in M F Hussain’s Gaja Gamini, SRK again made a cameo appearance as himself.In 1995 Shah Rukh’s friend journalist Samar Khan who has made documentary  on SRK, cast  the superstar as  himself in Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye and in 2009 SRK again appeared as himself in Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance. In 2011 debutant director Saahil Sangha persuaded SRK to play a brief role as SRK in Love Breakups Zindagi.Makarand Deshpande’s  Shah Rukh Bola ‘Khubsoorat Hai Tu’ was about a flower seller who dreams of meeting her idol SRK. One day she does meet him at the traffic stop. The film was about how her  life changes after that one chance encounter.

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