Khan was born in 1965 to Muslim parents of Pathan descent in New Delhi, India. His father, TajMohammed Khan, was an Indian independence activist from Peshawar, British India. According toKhan, his paternal grandfather was originally from Afghanistan. His mother, Lateef Fatima, wasthe adopted daughter of Major General Shah Nawaz Khan of the Janjua Rajput clan, who served as aGeneral in the Indian National Army of Subash Chandra Bose. Khan's father came to New Delhifrom Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar before the partition of India, while his mother's familycame from Rawalpindi, British India. Khan has an elder sister named Shehnaz.Growing up in Rajendra Nagar neighbourhood, Khan attended St. Columba's School where hewas accomplished in sports, drama, and academics. He won the Sword of Honour, an annual awardgiven to the student who best represents the spirit of the school. Khan later attended the HansrajCollege (1985
1988) and earned his Bachelors degree in Economics (honors). Though he pursued aMasters Degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, he later opted out to make hiscareer in Bollywood.After the death of his parents, Khan moved to Mumbai in 1991. In that same year, before any of his films were released, he married Gauri Chibber, a Hindu, in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremonyon 25 October 1991. They have two children, son Aryan (b. 1997) and daughter Suhana (b.2000). According to Khan, while he strongly believes in Allah, he also values his wife's religion. Athome, his children follow both religions, with the Qur'an being situated next to the Hindudeities.In 2005, Nasreen Munni Kabir produced a two-part documentary on Khan, titled The Inner andOuter World of Shah Rukh Khan. Featuring his 2004 Temptations concert tour, the film contrastedKhan's inner world of family and daily life with the outer world of his work. The book Still ReadingKhan, which details his family life, was released in 2006. Another book by Anupama Chopra, King of Bollywood: Shahrukh Khan and the seductive world of Indian cinema, was released in 2007. Itdescribes the world of Bollywood through Khan's life.Film careerBackgroundKhan studied acting under celebrated Theatre Director Barry John at Delhi'sTheatre Action Group (TAG). In 2007, John commented thus on his former pupil that, "The credit forthe phenomenally successful development and management of Shahrukh's career goes to thesuperstar himself." Khan made his acting debut in 1988 when he appeared in the televisionseries, Fauji, playing the role of Commando Abhimanyu Rai. He went on to appear in severalother television serials, most notably in the 1989 serial, Aziz Mirza's Circus, which depicted the life of circus performers. The same year, Khan also had a minor role in the made-for-television English-language film, In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones, which was based on life at Delhi University andwas written by Arundhati Roy. When Khan appeared in those teleserials, people found in him someresemblance with legendary actor Dilip Kumar and also compared his acting style with thethespian.