In an in-depth interview right after hugging Salman, Shah Rukh Khan spoke to People magazine
about life under intense scrutiny, his love for the movies - and his joy over the arrival of his third child, baby AbRam.
Shah Rukh Khan’s famous hug with Salman Khan at Baba Siddiqui’s Iftaar party created major ripples and the media was buzzing with it. While the media tried to press for details, he diplomatically avoided them.
"There are days when I get up and feel I have everything I deserve and those are the most honest days," says the superstar.
Following are the excerpts from Shah Rukh Khan's candid chat, in which the movie star talks about a role he is dying to play, finding solace in his kids and his 21-year partnership with wife Gauri.
On his love for the movies
"Making a film is a way of life. The most natural instinct for me is to wake up, wash myself, wear my white T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, sit in the car with my hair wet and glasses on, listen to some FM channel and then reach a set. Sometimes I wonder if I stop going to shoots for good, what will happen to me?"
On life with Gauri
"I think it's very difficult to live with a person like me. So I value her for the crap she takes from me, the lack of time I give her and the kind of person I am. I don't think there are very many people who can live with me. I'm strangely passionate. I'm strangely detached. I'm strangely wonderful. I'm strangely nasty. I'm strangely happy and I'm extremely depressed. I'm strangely schizophrenic. I'm a classic case of being an artist without perhaps having any greatness in my art. So what I appreciate most about her is that she is able to take all this."
On baby AbRam's health
"He is getting better and in another month, he should be physically good. It has been a happy and a sad time. We're not allowed to spend too much time with him, as he lives in a protected environment. Right now that suits me fine."