Shah Rukh Khan is at the 60th San Francisco Film Festival and the city couldn’t be more excited. During a session with filmmaker Brett Ratner at the festival, the superstar spoke about why he does what he does and what Bollywood can learn from Hollywood.
Hollywood can help Bollywood in a big way. We need screenplay and dialogue writers of Hollywood’s calibre back home.Shah Rukh Khan, Actor
Brett Ratner then asked SRK about adapting Hindi films for a global audience and how he thinks that could be done.
If I want to be invited to a global party, your party, I’ll have to follow your dress code. So I think we’ll have to cut our films short, maybe reduce the number of songs. But we’ll keep the melodrama, emotions and tradition.Shah Rukh Khan
The audience cheered loudly at this point, until Brett’s next question, which left the Raees actor a bit stumped. Ratner tossed an idea to SRK and the audience, about him playing a white man in a Hollywood film, which goes on to reveal his Indian identity, a bit like Peter Sellers in The Party (1968).
While Shah Rukh took a moment to process the question, the audience was dead against it and trashed Ratner’s idea right away.
A fan in the audience asked Shah Rukh Khan how he pushes himself through his bad patches, and how he copes with the lows. SRK’s answer was as usual, inspirational.
I’m an actor. When my films don’t do well, I do lock myself in the bathroom and cry it out. By the way, it’s okay for men and women both to cry it out. It’s good to do that. Success and failure are both transient. Be realistic, keep working, and it gets better my friend.Shah Rukh Khan
SRK joked about hugging each and every person in the audience saying that “your ticket includes a free hug”. He left his fans with his signature ‘Ammi jaan’ dialogue from Raees.
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