Biography of Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan is an Indian actor, film producer and TV presenter. Already a middle-aged actor is often called the “King of Bollywood”. And deservedly so – Khan starred in more than 100 Indian films, received many awards, and his advanced age does not prevent him from conquering women’s hearts around the world. Even if you are not a big fan of Indian cinema, you could still see Shah Rukh in the films “Karan and Arjun”, “The Unabducted Bride”, “Everything happens in life”, “In sorrow and in joy”, as well as in the drama “Me name is Khan”, which became an event in world cinema.
Pictured: Shahrukh Khan
Childhood and youth
Shah Rukh Khan was born on November 2, 1965 to a Muslim family settled in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Shah Rukh’s father, Meer Taj Mohammed Khan, was an activist in the Indian National Liberation Movement. He moved to New Delhi in 1948, after the partition of India, where he met Shah Rukh’s mother.
Lateef Fatima was the daughter of a senior government engineer. After the wedding in 1959 and the birth of a son, the parents of the future actor moved to the coastal city of Mangalore for five years, where Khan’s grandfather served as the chief engineer of the port.
Shah Rukh Khan as a baby
When the family returned to Delhi, his father went into business, and his mother got a job as a public judge. Although the family owned a restaurant, they did not have much money, the parents and their son lived in a small rented apartment.
Young Shah Rukh with his father
At school, Shah Rukh was one of the most popular students: he excelled in his studies, played hockey and football, managing to receive the highest school award “Sword of Honor”. Classmates called the teenager “mail train” (Mail gadda), because he was the champion in the race for 200 and 400 meters. Khan was going to become a professional athlete, but due to a shoulder injury, this idea had to be abandoned.
Shah Rukh Khan in school years
Instead of sports, the teenager switched to the school theater. Khan happily tried on flashy outfits, danced and sang on stage, imitating Bollywood stars, and he did it quite well.
Although, at the insistence of his parents, Shah Rukh went to study economics after school, the young man spent all his free time at the Delhi Theater Studio. After earning a bachelor’s degree in economics, Khan enrolled in the Faculty of Mass Communications, but dropped out to develop his acting career.
Shah Rukh Khan in his youth
The first years of Khan’s work in Bollywood were overshadowed by family drama: in 1981, his father died of cancer, and soon his mother died of complications of diabetes. After the death of her parents, Khan’s older sister Shahnaz Lalarukh (born 1960) fell into a severe depression, but her brother surrounded her with care and love, and the girl began to recover. Shahnaz continues to this day to live with his brother and his family in his mansion in Mumbai.
For the first time on the screen, Shah Rukh Khan appeared in television series, among which is the 13-episode drama The Rookie. Khan’s breakthrough work was the role in the film Crazy Love (1992). After the release of this musical comedy, a young talented actor was talked about not only in Bollywood, but all over the world.
Shot from the movie “Crazy Love”
Khan achieved huge success at first in the image of an anti-hero in the films “Game with Death” (1993) and “Life in fear” (1993). In these pictures, the actor managed to create his own version of the villain, which the viewer liked.
Shah Rukh Khan in “Playing with Death”
Pretty soon, Shah Rukh had a chance to try on the image of noble heroes. Dramas with his participation “The Unabducted Bride” (1995), “Karan and Arjun” (1995) and “Crazy Heart” (1997) received high marks from critics and viewers.
Shah Rukh Khan in The Unkidnapped Bride
Shah Rukh also excelled in comedy – his roles in the films “The Boss Wiped His Nose” (1997), “The Double” (1998) and “Chennai Express” (2013) were commercially successful and won the hearts of the audience.
Of note is Khan as Emperor Ashoka in The Emperor (2001). The hero of Shah Rukh is the prototype of a real person, an ancient Indian prince who made a huge contribution to the transformation of Buddhism into a world religion.
In 2005, Khan was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors. By 2012, the actor received 15 Filmfare Awards in various categories, mainly for the best male role.
Shahrukh Khan on the red carpet
Many young Indian actors were lucky enough to work with such a respected person as Shah Rukh Khan. Model and actress Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000 and wife of musician Nick Jonas, has starred with Khan in four films, including both parts of the action thriller Don. The head of the mafia “(2006, 2011).
The green-eyed beauty Aishwarya Rai was even more fortunate – their successful creative tandem delighted the audience in six films (“Lovers”, “Devdas”, “Excitement of Love”, etc.).
Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai
The actor has not only a working relationship with his namesake Irfan Khan (they starred together in the successful comedy Billu (2009), but also a warm friendship. When Irfan fell ill in 2018, Shah Rukh provided his friend with invaluable financial and moral support.
Shot from the film “Billu”
The Indian-American drama My Name is Khan (2010), about a man suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, who travels across America for his wife (Kajol), gained particular popularity. Shah Rukh played the lead role.
He is Muslim, she is Hindu. Their marriage was happy until the black date for the whole world came – September 11, 2011. The friendly attitude towards Khan’s family was replaced by suspicion and aggression. All this led to discord in the family. The man had to go through a lot of difficulties to tell the President of the United States one phrase: “My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist.”
Shot from the film “My name is Khan”
After the success of Zero (2018), which became Khan’s most expensive film, the actor began to prepare for the filming of the third part of the film Don. The head of the mafia ”, about the further fate of which nothing is known.
Shahrukh Khan in Zero
Personal life of Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Chibber met in 1984 at a mutual friends’ party. The young man immediately noticed a spectacular girl, did not dare to talk to her for a long time, and when he nevertheless plucked up the courage, he heard: “Sorry, I’m waiting for my boyfriend.”
Shahrukh and his wife
Shah Rukh’s heart and self-esteem were broken. But he soon found out that the “boy” was actually Gauri’s brother. And in the end, the stylish and funny Shah Rukh won the heart of the girl. They started dating. The period of “grinding in” was long, due to the jealous nature of Khan put conditions on her that the freedom-loving Gauri could not accept. For example, he demanded not to go out with loose hair. Several times the couple parted, then converged again, because both understood that they could no longer live without each other.
When Shah Rukh proposed to Gauri and she said yes, the young couple’s ordeal was not over. The fact is that the girl’s father belonged to the Brahmin caste (the highest religious class in India). He was against the marriage of his daughter to a man, firstly, of someone else’s faith, and secondly, who had not yet achieved anything in life.
Shah Rukh Khan family
Gauri had to hide her relationship with Khan for 5 years. Finally, in October 1991, the lovers got married.
In 1997, the couple had a son, Aryan, and three years later, a daughter, Suhana. In 2013, Shah Rukh and Gauri became parents for the third time – their son Abram was born from a surrogate mother. Khan’s children practice both religions; in his house, the Koran is located next to the images of Hindu deities.
shahrukh khan now
Khan’s older children are also involved in the film industry; Aryan is studying at the School of Cinematic Arts in California and plans to become a writer-director. Suhana has already worked as an assistant director on the set of one of Khan’s films, and now the girl is going to study acting in the United States.
Shah Rukh Khan now
In 2019, Khan’s son Aryan voiced Simba in Jon Favreau’s animated Hindi version of The Lion King. Shah Rukh himself also took part in the project: Mufasa, Simba’s father and former ruler of the pride lands, spoke in his voice. However, the choice of dubbing actors was heavily criticized. Angry comments have surfaced online that Shah Rukh’s voice is ruining the iconic film as the actor recites the lyrics without expression. The actor has not yet commented on the statements of fans of the Disney classics.
The actor voiced Mufasa in The Lion King
In 2023, the actor will star in Rocketry: ‘The Nambi Effect’, a biographical drama about the life of Nambi Narayanan, a scientist and aerospace engineer accused of espionage. Another “space” film by Khan will be a biopic about Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space. Shah Rukh has two premieres scheduled for 2023. These are the Bollywood animated film “Everything happens in life” and the picture “Viy 3”.