Shah Rukh Khan may be the king of romance on screen but in real life, the actor says he understands nothing about it. “I don’t understand romance,” said SRK at the launch of his biography titled 25 Years of a Life Wednesday evening.
The actor went on to specify how in acting it is not important to believe in characters you are chosen to play. For Khan, acting is making others believe in what you are doing irrespective of whether you personally believe in it or not. And that is the true hallmark of a great actor. Elaborating on how he has portrayed characters onscreen in which he never quite believed in, SRK said, “It is not your duty to believe in what you’re doing. It is your duty to make others believe in what you’re doing as an actor. It feels wrong when actors say I don’t believe in this. It is not your belief. You are an actor. You are supposed to make everyone else believe that this art is nice and likeable. I don’t have to like it myself.”
Khan gave an example of some of his famous romantic dialogues, which the superstar feels will most certainly fall flat on its face if spoken in real life. “I found DDLJ to be insipid. I don’t understand romance but it is not important that I believe it or not. What is important is that the people should believe in it. To say the lines, ‘Hum ek baar jeete hai, Hum ek baar marte hai, Pyaar bhi ek baar karte hai aur Shaadi…tum nahi samjhogi Anjali.’ What does this mean? If I were to sit down with a young lady now and and take her out on a date and say this line, she will think I am a fool. Also the lines ‘Mujhe yeh nahi maloom kal kya hoga, mujhe yeh bhi nahi pata kal main kya karne wala hoon, bas mujhpe bharosa rakho Simran.’ Now that makes me feel really confident about my boyfriend.But Adi (Aditya Chopra) believes that if there was girl who loves you and if a boy loves a girl and he says it and even if it means nothing she will believe you and come along. I said okay. But if you try it in real life, you will get slapped by the girl.”
SRK also outlined the importance of being flexible as an actor to take on different roles. “An actor is just like water. He should just adapt the colour and shape. I believe the art is important, the artiste is not. Art remains and not the artiste and as an actor, I feel if I think like that I can work with some amount of purity. The purity will be retained if I believe that my art is important than myself.”