In a recent interview with a leading news organisation Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan talked about his film Zero and why he chose to do such a challenging role of a vertically challenged man from Meerut. Believing himself to be opportunist enough to play a different person through his role every day, the Chak De! India actor feels none of the backend of people’s opinion work.
Aanand L. Rai’s Zero, that released this week, is tremendously underperforming at the Box Office and has left the fans disappointed, especially in the second half. While SRK plays a vertically challenged man, Bauua Singh, who in search of love, actress Anushka Sharma plays the role of a NASA scientist who is suffering from cerebral palsy and Katrina Kaif stars as a glamorous Bollywood star who is fighting alcohol problem.
Referring to the performance of this drama that celebrates incompleteness, when King Khan was asked why he signs for movies such as Zero that demand a certain level of physical discomfort, he answered, “I don’t know how to answer that. I am actually rather confused – should I be doing what people say? I’ve never believed that. The 30 years I have worked, I’ve just woken up in the morning and my wife and everyone keeps asking me, how do you have so much love and happiness going and doing something. It’s never been for money or stardom. but people don’t believe that. People have their own reservations about how and why I do a film. ‘He must be doing this to earn money, for commercial success.’ I just wake up – I’ve always been an actor that way and I get tired sometimes explaining it. I wake up and say, this is what I want to do.”
The actor added, “You know I have the opportunity to wake up and be somebody else and I like being somebody else. There are days when I want to be X or Y or Z and if I get an opportunity I do that. None of the backend of it – will it work, won’t it.”