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Fans praise Shah Rukh Khan’s humility in an old interview

While Telugu star Mahesh Babu made headlines for declaring that Bollywood cannot afford him and then issued a corrigendum of sorts, an old video of Shah Rukh Khan explaining why he cannot be a part of Hollywood has surfaced online. It depicts a humble Shah Rukh Khan listing the various reasons why he is ineligible for Hollywood roles. Fans of the actor were once again blown away by what he said.

The video, which is 14 years old, shows Shah Rukh speaking to international media at an event. When asked if he has any plans to join Hollywood, Shah Rukh responds, “My English not good,” causing a few to burst out laughing.

He goes on, “If they give me a role of a dumb person who doesn’t speak, maybe. I am not trying to be modest but I am 42 years old, I am a little brown, and I don’t have any special USP as an actor. I don’t know Kung fu, I don’t dance the Latin salsa, I am not tall enough. I think anyone who is my age in the western world, I have seen recent films of Europe, films of what you call ‘the dream factory’, I think there is no space for me. There is no place for me because I don’t think I am that talented.”

“So I would like to continue doing work in India and hopefully I take Indian cinema to the world, that’s the ambition I have,” He continues.

Shah Rukh Khan

Fans of the actor reacted to the video after it was shared. As one fan put it, “What I love about this answer is that he called out the West as well. The Kung Fu and Salsa comments are very pointed, the West only takes in people from the outside when they want to have them in stereotypical roles and nothing else. SRK knows he’s worth more than that.” According to another, “What an utterly charming guy!!! THIS is what makes him mega mega superstar.” One more fan said, “He’s like that kid in class who says he’s not good in studies and then goes on to score 95%.” A fan also wrote, “He once said he likes to self loath a lot but I know he’s not serious lol he definitely knows himself.” Another fan added, “This guy can sell apples to a tree. My god the way he speaks and carries himself. They don’t call you king for no reason.”

Shah Rukh holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Delhi’s prestigious Hansraj College. He also holds a master’s degree in mass communication. He has been awarded the Padma Shri and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, as well as the Legion of Honour by the French government.

Shah Rukh will now be seen in Pathaan alongside Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. He is currently working on Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki.

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