Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Shahrukh Khan in Singapore
Folks, King Khan was here in Singapore last weekend to promote ICICI Bank. And my colleague, Ashraf Safdar, a fine journalist/writer by all accounts, could manage to draw out some Khanisms from the self-acknowledged Bollywood jester.
Here's one part I enjoyed reading in the piece:
"Hollywood can knock on my door
For a man at the top of his industry, Khan seems to have no desire to chase what is widely regarded as film-making's Holy Grail: A career in Hollywood.
"It's not as if Steven Spielberg is saying, 'come now!'" he said, laughing again. "I don't see myself in Hollywood unless a director decides to make a film about India.
"If they Google me and need a 40-year-old, 5 ft 9 inch (1.75m) actor with brown skin … then maybe me."
As he batted his eyelids coyly, Khan expounded on the subject, explaining that he is, very specifically, a product by and for the Indian cinema.
"I'm 40 years old, I don't fight like Bruce Lee and I don't dance very well," he said. "I'd rather make an Indian film and then tell LA to buy my film."
Read the entire piece here.
Shobha Bhalla takes an interesting look here at Khan's promiscuity in brand endorsements.