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(6) Shah Rukh Khan Story [Shah Rukh Khan Story]

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Shah Rukh had a happy childhood in Delhi. He was an exceptionally bright, active child and deeply loved by his parents. Although they didn't have much of material luxury, he imbibed honesty, courtesy and Intelligent humour from his father, affection, passion and value of hard work from his mother. Meer was running a cafe and petrol station at some point. He was fluent in six different languages such as English, Pushtu, Hindi, Urdu and could speak to the customers in their mother tongue. The cafe business brought humble success thanks to his talent and knowledge.

Meer and Fatima had difference in how they perceive material luxury. However, they both loved children, helped others and treated friends with abundance. They often had feast of Hyderabad and Peshawar dishes abrim on the table. Shah Rukh was fed by Fatima's fingers mixing food and brought to mouth until quite grown up. He was absolutely doted on.

Their religious education was not very strict. They didn't force him five times of Namaaz but the value of Islam was thoroughly conveyed. "Islam means Tolerance" Meer often said. He introduced vast Islamic culture to SRK. Among which was Urdu poems. Meer recited many of great Islamic poets to his son. It led Shah Rukh to write his own poems from early age.

One of his poem goes...

Parinde udthe hain main dekhta hoon
Log chalte hain main dekhta hoon
Apne huliye ko dekh kar main rota hoon
Kise kya malum main kin sapnon main khota hoon

I watch as the birds fly
I watch as the people walk
I watch myself and cry
Who knows what dream I myself lose

Shah Rukh's poems pleased Meer and he wrote down all of his son's work in a small notebook. Shah Rukh still treasures this notebook with him.

SRK also took part in Ram Leela when he was a child. He acted a monkey soldier of Hanuman. The play extended to 2 or 3 in the morning but his parents allowed it and Shah Rukh had a great time catching bananas acting monkey. He also did some mimic show and poem reading. He even got paid 500 rupees. It was the first paid performance of his career as an actor.

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Shah Rukh started to attend St. Columba's, the all boy school run by Irish brothers. The lessons were taught in English and there was subjects like Christian theology. So Shah Rukh learned Islam from his parents, Hindu culture in the neighborhood and Christianity from the school. It was Meer's intention. He told Shah Rukh "you should learn many different religions in many different languages. It will make you respect other religion and also make you proudly Islamic."
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(5) Shah Rukh Khan Story [Shah Rukh Khan Story]

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As shown above, baby Shah Rukh was so adorable. He was very lively and naughty but same time, he could spend hours playing his toy piano by himself. One day when he was about three years old, he had been well behaved so Fatima went out for chore. Then a poison snake came into the room. Rajendra Nagar, where they lived then was jungle and residence still mixed and it wasn't unusual for snakes to come into the houses. When Fatima came home, she found Shah Rukh spilling milk around him to avoid the snake to get closer.

He had series of accidents and diseases. He harmed his back muscle, had malaria, and was frequently bitten by dogs. If I was his mother, I would have been so anxious and stressed to protect his safety. He did pranks and some dangerous experiments like melting Fatima's bangles. At bed time, Meer told him stories. Most of the stories were not fantasy but the true stories of strong willed freedom fighters he knew.

They spent some summers at luxurious house of Fatima's parents' in Bangalore. Though Meer did not join. Shah Rukh sang and danced to the tunes there. Aunts who were watching predicted correctly. "He will be such a lady killer."

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Shah Rukh has been maintaining great love and respect towards women since his childhood. His oldest memory is of himself sitting on the fence blowing kisses to the pretty girls passing by. "Hey, sweetheart!"

One day, a girl of 17 to 18 years old came to their house and complained to Meer.

"Your son blows kisses to me."

Meer naturally thought she was confusing with a teenage boy living next door.

"My son is only a small child, dear. You must be coming to a wrong house."

Then Shah Rukh, who had just finished taking a bath came. As soon as he saw the girl, he blew a kiss saying
"Hey, sweetheart!"

You can imagine how Meer was astonished.

No wonder SRK blows kisses so well and always refer to the women as "sweetheart" or "darling" affectionately. No matter If she was an actress, a fan or a staff at a fast food shop.

Another day, an angry looking middle aged woman came.

"Your son whistles and troubles my daughter when she walks by"

Meer responded.
"If your daughter was as attractive as her mother, I wouldn't blame on my son."


The lady withdrew smiling.
I'm 100% sure SRK took over his father's wit at fullest.

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(4) Shah Rukh Khan Story [Shah Rukh Khan Story]

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Meer and Fatima were as different as night and day. Meer was tall, fair and calm. Fatima was small and plump, as lively as a morning bird. According to SRK they were like following.
"My mother would walk into a party, fight, talk or joke and become the center of attention. My father on the other hand, would sits in a corner, do his bit and go."

What's interesting is that we can clearly see the both qualities in their son.

Well, Meer and Fatima finally could marry but their financial situation was rather weak. He then had a transportation company but he was too honest to sustain the business successfully. He tried several different jobs and sometimes made small success but generally speaking, he was a better poet than a businessman. Fatima took substantial part for the financial stability of the family. Fatima used describe Meer as "Honest Failure" for he maintained his honesty no matter how badly betrayed. But SRK described him as "Successful Failure" for he could spend much time with children and taught valuable lessons.

1960, their first child Shehnaz Lala Rukh was born. And on the second of November 1965, our hero Shah Rukh was born. "Noble cheek of red flower", "Face of the King" were the meaning of their names. The names were allegedly from the horses Meer loved when he was in Peshawar but this could be another fantasy of our tall and handsome story teller.

Shah Rukh's birth was not easy. He had umbilical cord tangled around his neck. It could have been fatal or have led to functional disability but he finally came out without any harm. The nurse said "He must be blessed by Hanumanji."

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The love story of SRK's parents sounds almost too dramatic to believe. More dramatic than some novels or Bollywood films. It could be exaggerated for Meer is from "The Story Teller's Lane" in Peshawar. Anyway, this is the believed story of their courtship.
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Meer fell in love with Fatima at first sight. Rescued Fatima was severely injured and she was admitted to a hospital right away. She needed blood transmission. As a matter of course, Meer's blood type matched hers and he donated his blood. Surprisingly, Fatima's mother then pregnant with her fifth child miscarried the baby due to the shock she got from her daughter's accident. Meer very generously donated his blood to her as well.

Lateef Fatima Begum was a daughter of a middle class engineer's family in Bangalore. She had Begum in her maiden name which allegedly represents a Muslim female with higher social status. Her family was apparently wealthy. She was in Delhi for extended education but she was already engaged then. Her fiance was a cricketer, Abbas Ali Baig. Their engagement might have been arranged by both families for Begum and Baig makes balanced pair.

On the other hand, Meer had no family, no money neither proper job. Fatima's parent was bewildered to hear the proposal from the man who rescued two members of the family. They even murmured "Since he donated his blood to Fatima, he and Fatima became a brother and a sister, so you'd better not marry."

However, Fatima already had started to love this romantic tall man with gray eyes Her will was strong enough to convince their parents and relatives. They were finally granted to marry. Fatima became a step daughter of General Shah Nawaz Khan who was with Meer on the day of the accident. It may have been done in order to level their family status I assume. Anyway, they were finally married. Fatima was 19, Meer was 30. Meer blushed like a bride as some of the guests remembers.
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Muslims remained in India were then having hard time with the Hindu fundamentalists attacking them. Meer studying in Delhi was also in danger. His classmates slept around him in a circle to protect him in the dormitory.

Meer attained his lawyer's degree when he was 21 but he never became a lawyer. Nor he didn't become a politician even though he had many offers and actively worked as one of the freedom fighters.Meer was romantic dreamer and idealist, extremely honest person. He had a great sense of humor and was liked by many but rather introverted. Not quite relevant for lawyer or politician but for a poet. He failed in some businesses for he couldn't be tactfully diplomatic or act smart.

When he was around 25, he headed for Mumbai to become an actor just like his own son. The legendary film Mughal-E-Azam was in production and he took audition of a role. When Meer was working in the politics, there were many ladies came to join his political group attracted to Meer's charm. But he couldn't get the role and he was informed to stand in the line of junior artists, extras. I guess he was too proud to either ask for the support from his powerful politician friends or successful actors from his hometown such as Dilip Kumar. He could not settle for a junior artist and strive. He eventually got sick and returned to Delhi one year later.

One day when he was 29, he saw a terrible car accident while walking near the Indian Gate with his friend. The driver crawled out and fled away from the rolled over car. Meer and his friend Major General Shah Nawaz Khan rescued women from the ruined car. One of them was 16 year old Latif Fatima Begum who had burning eyes of passion and charming dimples.
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(1) Shah Rukh Khan Story [Shah Rukh Khan Story]

Here is my new attempt. The Life Story of Shah Rukh Khan. I started to write for Japanese readers since there are only few information of him available in Japanese . I know it has no meaning for international readers because there are numerous of such stories covered in English . So, this is just for my own sake to organize his biography and digest the information as well as the writing exercise.

The story is based on several books, interviews and documentaries. Some of them I don't even remember where I got from. So please forgive me if there are, and I'm sure there are lots, any inaccuracy or inappropriate parts. Please take it as a light-hearted attempt of an indiscreet SRK fan.

Here comes "The Life Story of Shah Rukh Khan #1" …
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Meer Taj Mohammad Khan, Shah Rukh's father was a beautiful man with tall slim figure, fair skin and bright eyes. He was born in 1928 as the sixth child in a Pathan family who lived near the Qissa Khawani Bazaar(Story teller's Bazaar) in Peshawar. Peshawar was a part of the Indian Empire and ruled by the British Government back then. Meer joined the independent movement from very young age following his brothers. But the family decided to send Meer to Delhi for further study in order to get the Lawyer's certificate. Meer was 18 years old.

Next year, in 1947, the independent movement succeeded but those who wished to establish a Muslim country separated from India was determined and they created Pakistan against the wish of Gandhi and Nehru.

At the border, there were two long long processions of people crossing each other. One was Hindus heading India from Pakistan and the other was Muslims heading Pakistan from India. They left home leaving everything behind.

Peshawar is in Pakistan side and Meer's family was Muslim. However, they were persecuted by the new government because they acted against separation until last minute. Meer's eldest brother was imprisoned for seven long years since the separation. Meer's name was also on the black list and he was refused to enter Pakistan at the border. Then the India Pakistan war had started and Meer Taj lost his home town at the age of 19.

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SRK@IPL [Passion]

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I am Japanese. We know baseball but not familiar with cricket though it's the origin of baseball. SRK bought Indian Premier League Cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders and that's fine. But when he takes long leave from shooting, I was not happy. Especially, KKR did not do well, in fact they had done miserable job for last three years and it seemed be only adding more worries and stress on him.

But this year! They are doing fine job so far. I think they are on the top rank at the moment. THIS is amazing and I am so happy for Shah Rukh.

Post game playing of SRK. It's only for fun but SRK is always enthusiastic and competitive on everything he is up to as you know.


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Striking the bat instead of the ball. "How is the wicket condition?"
Wicket condition is good. Hand condition is sweaty. Next one out of the park.

He didn't stop when the lights started to dim. Eternal child in him.

Kolkata Knight Riders Anthem
"Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re(We'll act, fight and win)"

Hard Working SRK [Passion]

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As I wrote in "Struggled SRK", the budget of Ra One seems to be expanding tremendously. SRK had been working round the clock on whatever work that raise money. Although we were happy to see him perform in many award functions, his emotional and physical health were concerned.

I work hard for my money(laugh). Yes, I've been working a lot. For lots of people who are doing the award functions, I enjoy turning them. Especially in a year I'm nominated. And inevitably I have a good fortune that people expect me to come and dance or perform or do something or the other.


So I'm having fun. Though I'm very tired now. I've been working round the clock in all the awards and I don't know when I'm getting sight of Jitesh and the whole Filmfare team will also expect me to do something. So I should prepare something. But I'm having fun, yeah.



SRK rarely says "I'm tired". So when he says so, he must be extremely tired. Only his smile relieves us fans.

What's amazing is that this interview was done in mid January and Filmfare award took place on 29th of January. It means only two weeks after the phase, "I should prepare something", they could create that fantastic performance with Madhuri!

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Provoking Aamir 2 [Controversy and Pain]

OK, here is the sequel of "Provoking Aamir". If you forgot what had been covered, please take a look at "SRK Gets Angry" and "Provoking Aamir 1".
Last time, Armir criticised the genre of the films SRK stars in, this time he has something to say about SRK's fabulous communication skill.


I think that Shah Rukh's big strength is that, he really knows how to keep the media happy.

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He really knows how to keep the media on his side and make personal relationships with a lot of people from the media who are in the powerful positions, interact with them. And I think that's great. That's his strength and he uses it well.


What do you say? It's somehow subtle to identify that he said with malicious intention, envy or sarcasm. However "who are in the powerful positions... blah blah" sounds very nasty. I wonder if he could ever think this can praise SRK ?

Media of course took it as follows.
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He chose his words carefully giving all the credit of SRK's popularity not to his work, but to his smooth talking ways.


Aamir's comment is stupid and inadequate but I don't think the comment itself did not make SRK resent that much. He could jokingly return like following. I guess media asked him repeatedly to provoke his anger. And may be the exceptional success of "Ghajini" and SRK's shoulder pain added more irritation I suppose.

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I think it's a good strategy. You take the biggest brand in the country that is Shah Rukh khan. And then use that platform to publicize yourself. I think Aamir rocks.


The problem is I can't use any other brand because there is no other brand bigger than me.

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In short, what Aamir said to make SRK that angry is something like,
SRK only does candy floss romantic films which appeal the audience. And he fawns over powerful media people to takes advantage. On the contrary, I take risks but get great success in return on my own work. Ha!!

Well....he really sounds nasty if you take it this way. And if he did not mean to be nasty, he must have had such a miserable skill of communication I must say. No wonder he is so unsocial.

Again from SRK's hard-hitting one-liners
"Be happy for what God has given you. Don't be unhappy with what God has given me."

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Struggling SRK [Controversy and Pain]

2009 was as if a cursed year for SRK.
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It started from the spat with Farah. Then he had to remove "Barber" from "Billu Barbar" due to the protest from Hair Stylist's Association. It was a nice little hart warming story but the budget expanded too much so consequently it did not do as successful as it was expected.
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His IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders finished the season with terrible record,and he was detained at an American air port for he was suspected to be a terrorist.

The worst problem was the shoulder injury during the shooting of "Dulha Mil Gaya". He was supposed to do only a cameo for the director whom he feels grateful for helping him during his early career. But the role was eventually expanded and SRK as usual did his best squeezing time from his busy schedule. Then the accident happened and his left shoulder was badly damaged. . He had to go under operation again. It postponed Ra.One schedule as well as the completion of MNIK
I don't want to calculate how much loss it caused him for these two films happened to be two enormous budget home production films. I assume he has been working hard for many stage performances and the TV program like "Zor Ka Jhatka" because he needs to make money.


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I've got hurt. I've been injured. And I was a little depressed because you know when you're injured, and someone like me who loves to be active, moving around, doing work it was very depressing.


Because I kind of got the capacity I'd already started "Khan". So I kind of just about finished it without too much problems. But, yeah last four months I got really depressed because even after finish "Khan", I didn't know what to do I couldn't shoot. My doctor said to wait til Feb before I actively start shooting.


So Insha Allah in the next two days I'm gonna do my final test. I'm feeling good so I think I'm alright and I should start working now.


If it was an ordinary person, he would have wanted to forget about the bitter experiences, but he is no ordinary man.
1:55 You should never forget the failure. If you forget the failure, you should never succeed. So 2009 is the most memorable year for me for being completely screwed up. So I'll make sure I'll never forget 2009 so it never ever happen again to me. I don't like to lose.

The ones that go wrong should be never forgotten. The ones that go right have the life of their own and they should be forgotten they'll take care of themselves. So I think it was the most memorable year for me. I tell everyone that success will never be able to teach you anything.


His resilience and persistence are a part of the reasons which made him King of Bollywood. However, he made us fans worried by working hard around the clock having wounds all over the body. And to me, the fact he often wears shades in public recently shows his emotional vulnerability. He seems to be in need of getting healed in many ways.

I strongly hope the outright success of Ra.One will sweep all the negativity away!

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