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Shahrukh Khan

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Shahrukh Khan

Khan at the audio launch of Chennai Express(2013)


2 November 1965 (age 47) New Delhi, India[1][2]


Mumbai, Maharashtra, India[3]


Actor, producer, television presenter

Years active



Gauri Khan (1991present)


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Shahrukh Khan




Shahrukh Khan (born 2 November 1965), often credited as Shah Rukh Khan and informally referred as SRK, is an Indian film actor. Referred to in the media as "Badshah of Bollywood" or "King Khan", he has acted in 75 Hindi films in genres ranging from romantic dramas to action thrillers.

His contributions to the film industry have

garnered him numerous achievements, including fourteen Filmfare Awards from thirty nominations. His eighth Filmfare Best Actor Award win made him the most awarded Bollywood actor of all time in that category, tied only with actorDilip Kumar. In 2005, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards Indian cinema. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics, he started his career appearing in theatre and several television serials in the late 1980s and later made his Hindi film debut in 1992 with Deewana. Early in his career, Khan was recognised for his unconventional choice of portraying negative roles in films such as Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993), and Anjaam (1994). He later rose to prominence by playing a series of romantic roles in the filmsDilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)., and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001). Romance".
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Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

The commercial success of these films earned him the tag of "the King of

Khan then subsequently earned wide critical appreciation for his portrayal of a NASA scientist

in Swades (2004), a hockey coach in Chak De! India (2007), and as the titular characters in Devdas (2002) and My Name Is Khan (2010).

Twelve of the films he has acted in, have accumulated gross earnings of over

100 crore (US$15 million) worldwide,

making him one of the most successful leading actors of Hindi cinema.


Khan occupies the position of co-chairman of the motion picture production and distribution company, Red Chillies Entertainment and the animation studio, Red Chillies VFX. He is also co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.

The year 2007 marked his debut as a television presenter with the Star Plus gaming Khan is often labelled by the media as "Brand SRK" due to his various brand

show Kaun Banega Crorepati.


endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures. He has also been involved in philanthropic endeavors related to Health care, relief funds and children's education, for which he was honoured with the UNESCO's Pyramide con

Marni award in 2011.


Khan is considered to be one of the biggest film stars in cinematic history, with a fan

following claimed to number in the billions; in 2011, the Los Angeles Times called him "the world's biggest movie star."

He has also been regularly featured in the listing of the most powerful names in Indian Cinema and in

2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world.

1 Early life and background 2 Acting career

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2.1 198892: Early work and breakthrough 2.2 199397: Critical and commercial success 2.3 19982002: International recognition 2.4 2003: Spine injury and subsequent surgery 2.5 200310: Stardom and critical acclaim 2.6 2011present: Continuing other ventures

3 Producer 4 Philanthropy 5 Non-film work

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5.1 Television 5.2 Stage performances 5.3 Endorsements 5.4 Ownership of IPL cricket team

6 Public image 7 In popular media 8 Acting style and analysis 9 Filmography 10 See also 11 Footnotes 12 References 13 Bibliography 14 External links

Early life and background

Khan was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi, India, his life.


and brought up in Mangalore for the first five years of


His grandfather was a Chief engineer in Mangalore port in 60s.

His father, Taj Mohammed Khan,

a Pathan, was an Indian independence activist from Peshawar, British India, present day Pakistan. According to Khan, his paternal grandfather was originally from Afghanistan.

His mother, Lateef Fatima, was the adopted


daughter of Major General Shah Nawaz Khan, who served in the Indian National Army. Delhi from Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar before the partition of India,

Khan's father came to New

Regarding his origins, he described


himself on Twitter as "half hyderabadi (mom) half Pathan (Dad) some kashmiri(grandmom)" cancer when Khan was 15 years old, and his mother died in 1990 after prolonged illness.

His father died from Khan was very


attached to his parents as a child and describes their early deaths as a turning point in his life and as his biggest motivation for hard work. He explained that his ideology in life is "... to make movies so damn bloody big...that my parents somewhere sit down on a star and from there also can look at their son and say 'I can see his movies from here better than I can see the Wall of China or anything. We see his movies covering the face of this earth'." has an elder sister named Shehnaz.
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Growing up in Rajendra Nagar neighbourhood of Delhi,


Khan attended St. Columba's School where he was

accomplished in sports, drama, and academics. He won the Sword of Honour, an annual award given to the student who best represents the spirit of the school. Khan later attended the Hansraj College (19851988) and earned his Bachelors degree in Economics. When Hansraj College celebrated its 50th anniversary, it gave away 17 shields to its alumni who had excelled in their lives and professions. Khan was one of them. Though he pursued a Masters Degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, he later opted out to pursue a career in Bollywood. attended the National School of Drama in Delhi.
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He also

After the death of his mother, Khan moved to Mumbai in 1991. traditional Hindu wedding ceremony on 25 October 1991.


He married Gauri Chibber, a Hindu, in a

According to Khan, while he strongly believes in Islam,

he also values his wife's religion. At home, his children follow both religions, with the Qur'an being situated next to the Hindu deities.

They have three children, son Aryan (b. 1997) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000). In 2013 they

became parents of a third child named AbRam with them.


via a surrogate mother.


Khan's older sister Shehnaz also lives

Acting career
198892: Early work and breakthrough
Khan studied acting under the mentorship of theatre director Barry John at Delhi's "Theatre Action Group" (TAG).

Khan's first starring role was in Lekh Tandon's television series Dil Dariya, but due to production delays, the

1988 television series, Fauji was his television debut. He played the leading role of Commando Abhimanyu Rai in the critically acclaimed show, which earned him mass recognition. Mirza's Circus (1989)
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He went on to appear in Aziz

and played a minor role in the made-for-television English-language film, In Which Annie

Gives It Those Ones(1989). His appearance in these teleserials, led critics to compare his acting style with that of film

actor Dilip Kumar.


In 1991, Khan shifted base to Mumbai and received his first film offer withHema Malini's

directorial debut Dil Aashna Hai.

However, due to production delays, his second film, Deewana (1992),


alongside Rishi Kapoor and Divya Bharti released first. career in Bollywood.

The film became a box office hit, and launched his

Despite portraying a supporting character in the film, he won a Filmfare Best Male Debut

Award, the following year. He subsequently featured in Mani Kaul's Idiot, an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot. Originally made for television, the film eventually received a theatrical release and debuted at theNew York Film Festival on 8 October 1992.

Later that year, he played the titular character in the comedy, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, which was his first

of many collaborations with actressJuhi Chawla. The film proved to be a box office hit.

He went on to star in Ketan

Mehta's Maya Memsaab, an adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary. Upon release, the film generated controversy in India due to Khan's appearance in an "explicit" sex scene with co-star Deepa Sahi.

199397: Critical and commercial success

In 1993, Khan garnered appreciation for portraying negative roles, that of an obsessive lover and a murderer, respectively, in the box office hits, Darr and Baazigar.

The "Encyclopedia of Hindi Cinema" analyzed that "he

defied the image of the conventional hero in both these films and created his own version of the revisionist hero."

Darr marked the first of many collaborations of Khan with film-maker Yash Chopra and his banner Yash Raj

Films. Khan's stammering in the film and the usage of the phrase, "I love you, Kkkiran," were popular with the audiences.

His other release, Baazigar, in which he played an ambiguous avenger who murders his girlfriend,

"shocked the Indian audiences" with an unexpected violation of the standard Bollywood formula. in Baazigar won him his first Filmfare Best Actor Award.

His performance

The same year, Khan played the role of a love-struck musician in Kundan Shah's dramedy Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, a performance that earned him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. In a retrospective review by Rediff, Sukanya Verma called it Khan's best performance and added, "He was spontaneous, vulnerable, boyish, mischievous and acting straight from the heart." in.
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Khan, himself, considers this film to the best film that he has acted

In 1994, Khan once again played an obsessive lover in Anjaam, co-starring Madhuri Dixit. Though the film was

a commercial failiure, Khan's performance earned him the Filmfare Best Villain Award.

In 1995, Khan starred in two box-office blockbusters. His first release was Rakesh Roshan's melodramatic thriller Karan Arjun, in which Khan was a part of an ensemble cast that included Salman Khan, Kajol, Mamta Kulkarni, Raakhee and Amrish Puri. The film, which dealt with the concept of reincarnation, became the secondhighest grossing film of the year in India.

He followed it withAditya Chopra's directorial debut, the romance Dilwale

Dulhania Le Jayenge. A major critical and commercial success, the film became the year's top-grossing production in India and abroad. of Indian cinema

The film was declared an "all time blockbuster"; it remains the longest-running film in the history


and as of 2011, it is still playing at the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai.

Dilwale Dulhania Le

Jayenge has grossed over

1.2 billion worldwide. The film won ten Filmfare Awards, and Khan's performance as a

young NRI who falls for Kajol's character while on a trip across Europe won him critical acclaim and his second Best Actor Award at the Filmfare. In 2005, Indiatimes Movies ranked the film amongst the 25 Must See Bollywood Films, citing it as a "trendsetter of sorts".

Raja Sen reviewed, "Khan gives a fabulous performance, redefining the lover for

the 1990s with great panache. He's cool and flippant, but sincere enough to appeal to thejunta [audience]. The performance itself is, like the best in the business, played well enough to come across as effortless, as non-acting. "

1996 proved to be a disappointing year for Khan, as he appeared in two critical and commercial failiures, Praveen Nischol's English Babu Desi Mem and Mahesh Bhatt' Chaahat

However, in 1997, his starring role in Subhash

Ghai's social drama Pardes earned him commercial success. The film, which also featured Mahima Chaudhry and Apurva Agnihotri, saw him portray the role of Arjun, a musician facing a moral dilemma. His performance earned him a nomination for the Best Actor at the Filmfare Award ceremony. He then featured in Aziz Mirza's romantic comedy, Yes Boss, opposite Juhi Chawla. Upon release, the film performed moderately well at the box-office.

His final release of the year was Yash Chopra's blockbuster musical romance, Dil to Pagal Hai. The

project, also featuring Madhuri Dixit and Karishma Kapoor, marked his second collaboration with the film maker. Khan essayed the role of Rahul, a stage director who falls in love with one of his new actresses, played by Dixit. The film as well as his performance met with critical appreciation; he won his third Best Actor Award at the Filmfare.

19982002: International recognition

In 1998, Khan appeared in three films. His first release was Mahesh Bhatt's action comedy, Duplicate opposite Juhi Chawla and Sonali Bendre. The film, which saw him portray a double role, marked his first of many collaborations with Yash Johar's production company, Dharma Productions. The film however, failed to do well at the box office.

He then won critical praise for his performance in Mani Ratnam's acclaimed Dil Se... The film was the third

in Ratnam's trilogy of terror films that depict human relationships against a background of Indian politics, after Roja (1992) and Bombay (1995).

Khan played the part of Amarkant "Amar" Varma, an All India

Radio correspondent, who develops an infatuation for a mysterious terrorist, played by Manisha Koirala.
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expresses exasperation superbly." success overseas,


The film,which failed financially in India, however, emerged as a commercial


becoming the first Indian film to enter the top 10 at the United Kingdom box office.

His final release of the year was Karan Johar's candyfloss romance, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which paired him with Kajol and Rani Mukerji. The film was declared an "all time blockbuster", with a worldwide gross of over 1 billion.


played the role of Rahul Khanna, a college student, who falls in love with his best friend, Anjali (Kajol) after the death of his wife, Tina (Rani Mukerji), years after breaking contact with her. His performance won him the Best Actor award at the Filmfare ceremony for the second consecutive year. Khan's only release in 1999, Baadshah oppositeTwinkle Khanna, was an average grosser, for which he earned a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Performance in a Comic Role.

In the same year, Khan set up his own production company,Dreamz Unlimited with actor, Juhi Chawla and

director, Aziz Mirza. (see below). In 2000, the three collaborated on their first film, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike and failed to emulate the commercial success of the trio's previous films, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman and Yes Boss.

Khan's next release was Mansoor Khan's action drama Josh. The film starred Khan as the leader of a Christian gang in Goa, with Aishwarya Rai playing his twin sister. The film emerged as a box office success in both India and abroad.

Vinayak Chakravorty of Hindustan Times wrote that Khan "basks in his tailormade role, donning with

panache the garb of a streetsmart tough. "

He next played the role of a Muslim archaeologist, beaten to death

during the unrest following the partition of India in Hey Ram. Directed by and co-starring Kamal Hassan, the film was critically acclaimed and was selected as India's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars that year.

Additionally, for the Tamil version of the film, Khan dubbed for his own lines.


His final release of the year

was Aditya Chopra's romantic drama, Mohabbatein, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan. The film was a major financial success, and Khan's performance as a music teacher was acclaimed by critics; Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama mentioned him to be "outstanding as Raj Aryan." He was awarded his second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film. In 2001, Khan produced and essayed the titular role in Santosh Sivan's historical epic, Asoka, a partly fictionalised account of the life of Ashoka the Great.

The film was screened at the Venice Film Festival and the 2001 Toronto

International Film Festival to a positive response.

The film, which also featured Kareena Kapoor received generally

positive reviews with Khan receiving favourable reactions for his performance; Rediff concluded that "he puts in a strong performance, in this well defined role."

He next collaborated with Karan Johar again in the family drama, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, in which he featured as a part of an ensemble cast that included Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. The film was a major financial success in India and the top-grossing Indian production of all-time in the overseas market until 2006, earning over 1.17 billion worldwide.

Khan's portrayal of Rahul Raichand, an adopted

son of Bachchan's character, who disowns him for marrying a girl belonging to a lower socio-economic group than his family, played by Kajol, met with wide public appreciation. Khan described the character of Rahul by saying, "I love the vulnerability and the honesty in his eyes. He has the appeal of a boy next door. Besides, his intensity and ability to convey emotions without words is amazing."

Taran Adarsh reviewed, "Khan sparkles yet again", noting that he


performed the part "with amazing poise, class, honesty and maturity".

It garnered him another nomination for


the Filmfare Best Actor Award. Khan termed Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham as "a turning point in his career".

In 2002, Khan played the titlular role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period romance, Devdas, which was the most expensive Bollywood film ever made at the time.

This was the third Hindi film adaptation of Sharat Chandra

Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name. Featuring opposite Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit, Khan's performance as a rebellious alcoholic was well received and he won yet another Filmfare Best Actor Award. The film surfaced as the highest-grossing film of the year in India and overseas, earning a revenue of 84 crore (US$13 million)



Devdas won numerous awards, including 10 Filmfare Awards and received a special screening at

the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

It received a BAFTA nomination for Best Foreign Language Film as well and

was India's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. In an interview with, Khan commented, "We stars live in this bubble where everyone is smiling at you, where everyone loves you. Somehow, you lose touch with real, deep down sadness. Working on this film put us in touch with that emotion. "

After the

release of the film, Khan took a six months break from acting. He explained that during his break, he "just enjoyed the feeling of being sad". Khan also starred alongside Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan in the family-drama Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam. The film, which was in the making for six years, due to unending production problems, an average grosser at the box office.
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2003: Spine injury and subsequent surgery

In December 2001, while filming a special appearance for Krishna Vamsi's Shakti: The Power, Khan suffered a spine injury while doing one of the action sequences. led to further aggravation of his condition. pain.
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He flew to Lucknow a week later for a series of stage shows which

By the time he returned to Mumbai, Khan was experiencing severe


He was subsequently diagnosed with a prolapsed disc between vertebrae six and seven.

Khan is one of

the few celebrities worldwide to have had the problem.

Hoping to avoid surgery in a bid to not delay his pending

projects, and based on his former experience with a failed knee surgery three years earlier, Khan tried multiple alternative therapies from homoeopathy to Reiki but nothing offered a permanent solution.

He eventually

shot Devdas (2002) and Chalte Chalte (2003) in acute pain and continued with the shoot for Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) until the day he left for London. sets.
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He reached the point where he had doctors and ambulances on standby on the

By the beginning of 2003, Khan's condition severely worsened. nerves which put pressure on his legs and neck.


The slipped disc was eventually touching his

It also presented the risk of paralysis of his arms. In February,


Khan was told by doctors that he had to undergo an urgent Anterior Cervical Discectomy.

The main concern was

the possibility of irreparable nerve damage during surgery which would have left him with a permanent weak left side.

During his acceptance speech for the Filmfare Best Actor award he received for his performance

in Devdas(2002), Khan stated that emotionally he was a bit shaken as he was going in for a surgery that was described by him as a not a very good thing to go in for.

The surgery took place on 24 February in Wellington

Hospital, London and lasted for one hour a titanium disc was inserted in his spine and he was discharged after two days.

Khan faced several post-operative problems including hoarseness, weakness, pain and high risk of infection.



an interview with Rediff four months after the surgery, he said "I am supposed to be on the road to recovery. For a year, I have to take things easy. I have my good and bad moments. Mornings aren't good. Till about 2 pm, I feel a lot of pain. When I bend down or play with my kids, I get some pain in the neck (...) For now I have to go to London every month for a checkup. "

He resumed shooting Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and Main Hoon Na (2004) in June of the

same year however, the songs sequences in those films had to be postponed to late October. in Khan cutting down noticeably on work and reducing his number of films per year.


The injury resulted

200310: Stardom and critical acclaim

In 2003, Khan produced and starred in Aziz Mirza's, Chalte Chalte, a romance dealing with the troubles faced by a married couple, opposite Rani Mukerji. The film was moderately successful in India and additionally, fared better in the overseas markets.

His following release was Kal Ho Naa Ho, a dramedy set in New York City; written by

Karan Johar, directed by Nikhil Advani and co-starring Jaya Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan. Khan received unanimous critical appreciation for the portrayal of Aman Mathur, a man with a fatal heart disease. The Hindu noted, "His enthusiasm unbounded, his energy unbridled, Shah Rukh is in form here. And as a guy with a few days to live and a life to spend in a moment, he looks for your sympathy. He reduces many to tears. And with each tear he rises a rank higher in the echelons of actors".

The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming the second

highest grossing film domestically and the top-grossing Bollywood film in the overseas market that year. adjusted for inflation its total gross worldwide is Award nomination. 1.3 billion.


The film earned him another Filmfare Best Actor

Khan with Kajol and Karan Johar at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival for their film My Name Is Khan.

2004 was a critically and commercially successful year for Khan. He produced and starred in Farah Khan's directorial debut, the action comedy Main Hoon Na alongside Suniel Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Kirron Kher, Amrita Rao and Zayed Khan. Dealing with a fictionalized account of the IndiaPakistan relations, the film emerged as a major commercial success.

He then played an Indian Air Force pilot, Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh in Yash Chopra's love

saga Veer-Zaara alongside Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta. The film was the biggest hit of 2004 in both India and overseas, with a worldwide gross of over critical appreciation.

940 million


and was screened at the 55th Berlin Film Festival to

Veer-Zaara, which narrated the love story of Singh and a Pakistani woman, Zaara Haayat

Khan (Zinta) fetched Khan appreciation with Rama Sharma from The Tribune writing, "Shah Rukh Khan here scales the heights of sensitivity, rising above the mundane. His expressions are mature and reach out to touch the heart of the common man. "

In December 2004, Khan received wide critical acclaim for his performance in Ashutosh Gowariker's social drama, Swades. Also featuring Gayatri Joshi,Swades narrated the story of a NASA scientist who returns to India to get in touch with his roots. Several film critics consider Khan's performance in the film to be his best till date.


Jitesh Pillai analyzed, "Ultimately your heart leaps out to the magical Shah Rukh Khan, who unarguably gives his career's finest performance. Shorn of any artifice or nervous energy, his anguish is tangible. He inhabits Mohan Bharghava with consummate ease, you can feel the earnestness of his intentions, the wetness of his tears".

Filmfare included his performance in the 2010 issue of the "Top 80 Iconic Performances".


He was

nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor Award for all three of his releases in 2004, and eventually won the award for Swades.

The film itself was featured on Rediff's list of the 10 Best Bollywood Movies of the Decade.


His only release in 2005, Paheli opposite Rani Mukerji, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and was chosen as Indias official entry to the Oscars for the 79th Academy Awards.

Despite flopping at the box-office, Paheli was

critically acclaimed, as was Khan's performance, which Raja Sen called " A top-notch performance, [That] justifies his supremacy in the film world".

The following year, Khan collaborated with Karan Johar for the third time for the

adult-drama, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. With an ensemble cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji and Kirron Kher, the film told the story of two unhappily married couples in New York, which results in an extramarital affair. Khan played the role of Dev Saran, a bitter and cynical former football player, who is insecure of his wife's (Zinta) successful career as a fashion magazine editor. The film received polarizing reviews from film critics but emerged as a major commercial success; emerging as India's biggest grosser in the overseas market, with earnings of over 1.13 billion worldwide.

He subsequently essayed the titular role in the action thriller, Don, a remake of the 1978 film of the same name. The film as well as Khan received mixed comments from film critics. His performance was extensively compared to that of Amitabh Bachchan, the actor in the original.

Taran Adarsh noted that Khan "does very well as Don. He enacts the

evil character with flourish. But he fails to carry off the other role [Vijay] with conviction. It looks made up, it doesn't come natural to him at all."

While Derek Elley of Variety argued that "it's hard to accept him (Khan) as the title

character" and that "Khan is far more convincing as Vijay, playing up to his rom-com fanbase with plenty of boyish humor."

The film became the fifth-highest grossing film of the year in India 1.04 billion worldwide.


and the highest grossing film of the

year in the overseas market. It grossed a total of

Both Kabhi Alvida Naa

Kehna and Don earned him Best Actor nominations at the Filmfare, while the latter earned him a Best Actor nomination at the Asian Film Awards. In 2007, Khan featured in Yash Raj Films' Chak De! India, a semi-fictional account of the Indian women's national hockey team. Khan noted that while his background helped him during the filming (he was part of his university's hockey team during and aspired to be a professional hockey player before he suffered a back injury), he felt playing again after a long time was "very difficult and different". Khan tore a hamstring three days before the filming was over.

Chak De!India was a major critical and commercial success in India and abroad.


Earning over

1.03 billion worldwide,

Rajeev Masand from CNN-IBN wrote about his performance, "For the first time

since Swades, Shah Rukh plays a role without any of his typical trappings, without any of his trademark quirks. He sinks his teeth into the part of the determined coach and comes up with such a terrific performance. He's hopeful at times and despondent at others, he's humorous at times, and stern at others. He plays Kabir Khan like a real fleshand-blood human being. " Performances".
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Filmfare also included his performance in the 2010 issue of the "Top 80 Iconic

Chak De! India became the third-highest grossing film of 2007 in India and won Khan yet another

Filmfare Award for Best Actor. In the same year, Khan starred in Farah Khan's second film, Om Shanti Om alongside Deepika Padukone, Shreyas Talpade and Arjun Rampal. In the re-incarnation melodrama, Khan essayed the role of Om Prakash Makhija, a junior artiste from the 1970s who is reborn in the 2000s as a superstar named Om Kapoor. His performance was generally well received by critics; Khalid Mohammed from Hindustan Times wrote, "[T]he enterprise belongs to Shah Rukh Khan, who tackles comedy, high drama and action with his signature style spontaneous and intuitively intelligent. "

The film emerged as the year's highest grossing motion picture in India and the overseas market with a 1.48 billion.

worldwide gross of over

Om Shanti Om earned him another nomination for Best Actor at the

Filmfare ceremony, although he won the award for Chak De! India. In 2008, Khan collaborated with Aditya Chopra for the third time for the romantic drama,Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, opposite newcomer Anushka Sharma. Khan played Surinder Sahni, a shy man with a low self-esteem, whose love for his accidental wife (Sharma), causes him to transform himself into the loud and fun-loving alter-ego of Raj. The film received mixed reviews from film critics, but was declared a blockbuster at the box-office.

His performance was appreciated by critics, with Rachel Saltz of The

New York Times writing, "The Surinder/Raj dual role seems tailor-made (probably was) for Mr. Khan, who gets to show off his twin talents: he suffers nobly and entertains with panache. "

It earned him yet another nomination for

Best Actor at the Filmfare ceremony. In December of the same year, Khan suffered a serious shoulder injury while filming for a cameo role in Mudassar Aziz's Dulha Mil Gaya. He subsequently underwent extensive physiotherapy sessions at the time, but due to immense pain that left him almost immobile, he had to undergo an arthroscopic surgery in February 2009.

After turning down an opportunity to star in Danny Boyle's Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire, Khan began shooting for My Name Is Khan, his fourth collaboration with director, Johar and sixth with actress, Kajol.

Based on a true

story, and set against the backdrop of perceptions on Islam, post the September 11 attacks, the film featured Khan as Rizwan Khan, a Muslim man suffering from mild-Asperger syndrome who sets out on a journey across America to meet the country's President. Khan spent several months researching by reading books, watching videos and talking to people affected with the disorder in an effort to portray the character of Rizwan Khan.

In an interview

with Hindustan Times he said, "Whenever you're dealing with a disorder or a near atypical situation, the first thought is that the sort of parameters you have to set that in no which way you are derogatory or deriding the disorder. The second part is you have to come as close to reality in depicting that characterization and so one had to study a lot and one does get worried"

Upon release, My Name is Khan received positive reviews from critics and became the

highest-grossing Bollywood film of all-time in the overseas market. Khan's performance in the film was appreciated by

most critics with Jay Wesissberg from Variety reviewing, "Khan uses the mannerisms associated with Asperger's averted eyes, springy steps, stuttered repetitions of memorized texts yet captures the personality beneath the condition in a standout performance sure to receive the Autism Society's gold seal of approval. "

My Name is

Khan fetched Khan his eighth Filmfare Award for Best Actor, thereby sharing the record with actor Dilip Kumar.

2011present: Continuing other ventures

Khan with co-stars Kareena Kapoor andArjun Rampal during the premiere of Ra.Onein London

In 2011, Khan produced and starred in Anubhav Sinha's science fiction superhero film Ra.One, alongside Arjun Rampal and Kareena Kapoor. The film, which follows the story of a London-based videogame designer who creates a villain that escapes the reel world into the real world, was billed as Bollywood's most expensive production with an estimated budget of 125 crore (US$19 million)

Khan was involved in several aspects of the making of Ra.

Onehe volunteered to write the film's console game script, dubbed for it, and oversaw its technical development; he also authored the digital comics based on the film's characters. success, with a gross of 2.4 billion.
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Upon release, Ra.One emerged as a box office

and received mixed reviews. For his portrayal of a dual role in the film,

Khan received mixed comments; while most critics praised his performance as the robotic superhero G.One, they panned the one of Shekhar, the videogame designer. Rajeev Masand wrote: "The only real standout performance is by Shah Rukh Khan. His Aiyyo-speaking Shekhar Subramaniam is caricaturish but charming, while as G.One, he gives even his robotic video-game character a charismatic edge." and DNA India added: "Khan is in his element and endearing as superhero G.One, but annoyingly over the top as video game creator Shekhar". His second release of the year was Don 2, a sequel to the 2006 hit, Don. exercised extensively and performed most of the stunts himself.
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In order to prepare for his role, Khan

His performance fetched him positive

comments from critics with Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India noting, "Shah Rukh remains in command and never loses his foothold, neither through the dramatic sequences nor through the action cuts. "

The film was a major

success in India and it went on to become the year's highest-grossing Bollywood production abroad with a worldwide gross of more than 2.06 billion.

Don 2 was showcased at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival




along with Don at the 2012 International Film Festival of Marrakech in Morocco. another nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare ceremony.

Additionally, it earned him

Khan's only release in 2012 was Yash Chopra's last romantic drama Jab Tak Hai Jaan, opposite Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

It served as the fourth collaboration between Chopra and Khan,



the former returning as a

director after eight years post Veer-Zaara, which released in 2004 directorial venture before his death on 21 October 2012.

and would eventually become Chopra's last

The film received positive to mixed reviews from critics in

India and positive reviews from critics overseas. Jab Tak Hai Jaan went on to become one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time both in India and abread and was declared a "worldwide blockbuster" with revenue of over 2.11 billion.
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The film was showcased at the 2012 International Film Festival of Marrakech in


For his performance in the film, Khan was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

In August 2013, Khan produced and appeared in Rohit Shetty's action comedy Chennai Express under his own company Red Chillies Entertainment. The film broke a majority of the box office records of Hindi films in India and abroad and became the fastest film to enter the coveted Bollywood 100 Crore Club.

The film went on to break

the record of 3 Idiots thus becoming thehighest-grossing Bollywood film of all time and was declared a Blockbuster in India by Box Office India.

It eventually grossed over

4 billion (US$61 million) in worldwide ticket sales and is


currently the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in the domestic market and worldwide.

Main articles: Red Chillies Entertainment and Red Chillies VFX Khan turned producer in 1999 in a collaboration with actress Juhi Chawla and director Aziz Mirza for a production company called Dreamz Unlimited.

In 2004, Khan transformed it into Red Chillies Entertainment with his He produced three films under his first company; Phir Bhi Dil Hai

wife Gauri also serving as a producer.


Hindustani (2000), co-starring Chawla and directed by Mirza, a critical and commercial failure. The following year, he produced Asoka which was a box office failure.

However, it was well received by critics, and was nominated for


the Filmfare Best Movie Award. His third film as a producer and star, Chalte Chalte, proved a box office hit.

Khan unveiling Kolkata Knight Riders' new logo in 2011

The first film to be produced by RCE was Main Hoon Na (2004), which served as well-known choreographer Farah Khan's directorial debut.

The film earned 10 nominations for the Filmfare Award. The following year, he produced

and starred in the fantasy film Paheli (2005).


The film was met with wide critical acclaim and was selected as

India's official entry to the Academy Awards for consideration for Best Foreign Language Film. Also in 2005, Khan coproduced the supernatural horror film Kaal (2005) with Karan Johar, and performed an item number for the film with Malaika Arora Khan. Kaalwas moderately successful at the box office.

In 2007, Khan produced Om Shanti Om. Also directed by Farah Khan, the film was a major commercial success, and was declared India's highest grossing production ever up to that point. It was also nominated for the Filmfare Best Movie Award. His company has further gone on to produce Billu(2009), and Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011). During the filming of My Name Is Khan, Karan Johar producer of the film and head of Dharma Productions, requested Khan to co-produce the film under his production company.

They both collaborated again on Johar's directorial

venture Student of the Year (2012). In 2011, the company produced the Sci-fi superhero film, Ra.One which witnessed the inclusion of several visual effects techniques being incorporated by his own animation studio.


is also a co-producer of Don 2 (2011) with Excel Entertainment. The film was a major success in India and abroad, outperforming its prequel. In 2013, he produced Chennai Express which broke several box-office records and was a huge success, becoming the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time in India and worldwide.

The company has four sub divisions, apart from film production. The animation studio known as Red Chillies VFX has been involved with many major films such as Chak De India, Om Shanti Om,Dostana, and Kurbaan. A studio for TV commercials known as Red Chillies TVC and TV shows/serials known as Red Chillies Idiot Box, which conceived popular shows like Up Close & Personal with PZ and Ishaan. The company also has a little over 50% stake in the Cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders often abbreviated as KKR, in the BCCI-backed IPL cricket competition.

Khan is known for keeping a low profile and secrecy on his social commitments and Humanitarian work.

In an

interview with The Guardian he stated that his reason for keeping his charity work guarded was because of his religious beliefs. He said: "Somewhere in the Quran it says that if you do charity for a reason, it's not charity."


further expressed his ideology regarding charity work in an interview with CNN-IBN, stating:"I dont like talking about it [charity]. A lot of people and my friends always tell me I should do photographs and stuff when I meet some people. But I dont believe in it. It is a true thing that if I believe in a cause, I should do it silently and not use my persona as an actor to advocate that."

Apart from regular donations to organisations and individuals, especially in the case of AIDS and cancer patients, he is behind the creation of a children's ward at the Nanavati hospital in Mumbai, in memory of his late mother.

Khan is also active with relief funds when the Indian nation faces a natural calamity.


Khan has been

brand ambassador of various governmental campaigns throughout the years, notably those of Pulse Polio immunisation campaign which was established in 1995 to eradicate poliomyelitis in India by vaccinating all children under the age of five years against the polio virus, the National AIDS Control Organisation. member of the board of directors of Make-A-Wish Foundation in India.
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Khan is a

Khan pictured with Dr. Prannoy Roy(center) and Vikram Chandra (right) at TheNDTV Greenathon 4. In his 2012 appearance, he adopted 12 villages to provide them with electricity under the project 'Light A Billion Lives'

In March 2004, Khan visited the border post at the Attari-Wagah section of the Indo-Pak border, near Amritsar (the only place where people can cross over to the other side) to boost the morale of the jawans. It was for a TV show called Jai Jawan where entertainers and stars visit Indian troops in far-flung regions to encourage them along with the NDTV team.

In February 2005, Khan performed at the HELP! Telethon Concert to help raise money for the victims 2.5 million for the

of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake in company with other Bollywood stars and also donated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Tsunami Relief Fund for the tsunami-affected areas in India.

He organised

and participated in the Temptations 2005 show in New Delhi which helped to raise funds for the National Centre For Promotional of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), a leading disabled rights group.

The same year,

Khan joined hands with India's Health Ministry and UNICEF for a nationwide child immunisation campaign as part of National Rural Health Mission of India.

The mission which was called by economists as "the most ambitious

rural health initiative ever" aimed to provide accessible, affordable and reliable health care service to the people of India residing in villages.

Since then he has recorded a series of public service announcements championing good

health, child immunisation and proper nutrition.

In 2007, he collaborated with veteran artist M.F. Husain to create a canvas in celebration of 60 years of Indian independence at a charity auction inBonhams, London. The painting was sold for over 12 million.

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took part in The Rock On For Humanity concert along with other Bollywood stars. The concert raised over million for helping the children affected by the Bihar floods.

During his 2009 appearance at the NDTV Greenathon,

Khan adopted five villages in Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara, to provide them with electricity under the solar energy harnessing project in its title initiative 'Light A Billion Lives'.

The following year, he adopted eight

more villages, and again adopted eleven during his appearance in the third edition of the event. In the 2012 edition of the initiative, he again adopted twelve villages.

In 2009, Khan committed to bear all the expenses for the

treatment of two Kashmiri orphan children who suffered severe burns during a terrorist grenade attack in Srinagar. He also visited the two orphans at the hospital.

In 2009, during his conferment ceremony of an honorary doctorate by the British Bedfordshire University, Khan pledged his dedication to further the cause of child education in India. He said: "It is a very very special honour. And it makes me to take seriously about what I do and what I have done in the past 20 years of my career. The feeling I get is that I should utilise this recognition to further the cause of those under-privileged children who do not get the opportunity to educate themselves.

In 2011, Khan teamed up with Amitabh Bachchan and English actress Judi

Denchto promote Resul Pookutty's foundation that works to better the living conditions of the underprivileged in India. The campaign aims to spread awareness on the cause of education among the impoverished, in India and also discourages child labour in the low income bracket of society and focus on providing opportunities to let children have a proper childhood.

the same year, he was honoured with the UNESCO's Pyramide con Marni award for his

charity engagements and social commitment towards providing education for kids thus becoming the first Indian to win the accolade.

In 2011, Khan was appointed by The UNOPS to be the first global ambassador of the Water supply and sanitation Collaborative Council that works to improve the lives of poor people by enhancing collaboration among sector agencies and professionals around sanitation and water supply.

During Ra.One's premiere in Dubai in October

2011, Khan along with co-stars Kareena Kapoor andArjun Rampal held a high-profile dinner and charity auction, which raised AED 30,000 (approximately US$8,200) for building a workshop for children with special needs.


also supportsCosmopolitan Magazine's "Real Men Don't Hit Women" Campaign which takes an important stance against the issue of domestic violence. He was featured in a photoshoot spread for the magazine as part of the campaign.

Khan is closely involved in the social campaign, Men Against Rape and Discrimination which was

launched by Bollywood film director and actor Farhan Akhtar in 2013.

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Non-film work
In 2007, Khan replaced Amitabh Bachchan as the host of the third season of the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, popularly known as KBC, the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

On 22 January 2007, Kaun


Banega Crorepati aired with Khan as the new host and later ended on 19 April 2007 with a special finale.

In an

interview with The Times of India, Khan explained that he was offered to host the second season of the show as well but declined according to Bachchan's wish to continue as host. However he later accepted due to the previous host's health issue which forced him to back down.

For his work at KBC 3, Khan won the best anchor at various awards

ceremonies including The Global Indian Film and Television Honoursand Indian Telly Awards. A year later, Khan began hosting the game show Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?, the Indian version of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?,

The show premiered on 25 April 2008 and the last episode was telecast on 27

July 2008 with Lalu Prasad Yadav as the special guest.

In 2011, he returned to television with Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout, the Indian version of the American game show Wipeout, on Imagine TV. The reality game show started airing on 1 February 2011 and ended on 25 February 2011. Although it was organized in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, the end-game bits featuring Khan were shot at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai.

Contrary to his previous two television outings, the show opened with dismal

viewer ratings and continued declining through its run, eventually ending in less than a month with fifteen episodes aired.

Stage performances

Khan during a performance in a concert at the Army Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2010.

Khan is a stage performer and has participated in several world tours and concerts. In 1997, he performed in the Asha Bhosle's: Moments in Time inMalaysia. He returned to another concert there the following year with ShahrukhKarisma: Live in Malaysia concert. The same year he participated in the "The Awesome Foursome" world tour across the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America along with Juhi Chawla, Akshay Kumar, Kajol.

The world tour marked the later's first and only world tour to date.


In 1999, he resumed the tour


in Malaysia, in which Salman Khan and Twinkle Khanna replaced Akshay Kumar and Kajol.

In November 2002,

Khan took part in the Fire & Flames concert in Malaysia, alongside Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan and Raageshwari with a 40-member troupe of singers and dancers.

In the same year, he participated in the show From India With

Love in the UK, along with Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Preity Zinta and Aishwarya Rai. It took place at two outdoor venues,Manchester's Old Trafford and London's Hyde Park, with over 100,000 spectators.

Khan participated in a concert tour titled Temptations 2004 which was the most successful Bollywood concert at the time. Khan performed alongsideArjun Rampal, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra in nineteen stage shows across the globe. He sang, danced and performed in skits.

In 2008, Khan set

up Temptation Reloaded 2008, a series of concerts showcased across several different countries. The show, which also featured Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Ganesh Hegde, Javed Ali and Anusha Dandekar, ended at the Ahoy Rotterdam venue in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Several months later, he again joined Rampal, Kapoor


and Kaif to perform for 15,000 spectators at Dubai's Festival City Arena.

In 2010, Khan performed alongside Arjun

Rampal, Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Shridhar and Ishaa Koppikar for a concert at the Army Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh to a packed audience.

In 2011, Khan performed at the opening ceremony of the fourth edition of Indian Premier League held in M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai alongside Sunidhi Chauhan and Shriya Saran where they danced to a variety of Tamil songs.

and later that year, he joined Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in the Friendship Concert,

celebrating 150 years of India-South Africa friendship inDurban, South Africa.

Khan took part in The Temptations


Reloaded concert of 2012 in Jakarta, he performed with Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Bipasha Basu.

In January

2013, he performed a tribute to his mentor, filmmaker Yash Chopra at the Zee Cine Awards along with Katrina Kaif, Karisma Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

Khan performed alongside Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, and Pitbull for

the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League.

The same year, he performed for the Temptation Reloaded 2013,

yet another series of concerts, acrossAuckland, Perth and Sydney. The show also featured alongside him, Rani Mukherji, Madhuri Dixit, Jacqueline Fernandez, Honey Singh and Meiyang Chang.

Khan is often labelled by the Media as "Brand SRK" due to his various brand endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures. The Times of India noted Khan has established himself as a brand on the map of the film industry. Hailing from a non-filmi background with no pedigree to boast of and no godfather to pull strings, the St. Columba's alumnus has become a muse. Brand.
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In 2013,Forbes India named him Shah Rukh.Inc and declared him India's biggest

SRK at a Tag Heuer press conference, promoting the Carrera Monaco GP watch.

1999 marked Khan's first foray in the world of celebrity endorsements. has been increasing ever since.

and his popularity in the advertising world

He is one of the top paid Bollywood actors in this respect and one the most In 2009, a survey conducted by AdEx Indiaranked him first on the list of topHe has also been endorsing the highest number of brands amongst Indian

visible celebrities in television ads.


notch brand ambassadors of the year. celebrities on television;



while in 2003, he endorsed eight brands, his endorsement rose up to a total of thirteen

brands in 2004 and in 2005 he endorsed twenty one brands, thirty four brands in 2009 and twenty five in 2011.

Some of the brands that Khan has endorsed over the years are Pepsi, Sprite, Nokia, Hyundai,

Sunfeast, Videocon, Airtel, Emami, Nerolac Paints, Dish TV, Linc Pens, D'decor, LUX, Frooti, Compaq and TAG Heuer.

Subsequently, Khan has been crowned "Brand Ambassador of the Year" at various business awards

ceremonies over the years.

In 2005, he launched his own perfume, labelled "Tiger Eyes by SRK" by the

French perfume brand Jeanne Arthes.

In December 2007, Khan was declared as the face of Force India, the Formula One racing team representing India in international motor race championships. Force India stated about their collaboration with Khan: "We thought the fastest way to announce our arrival in the country is to use [Shahrukh] Khan as the team's brand ambassador. He is famous, successful and the most potent icon of young and confident India. Those are the same values that the team is trying to project on the biggest stage of motorsports."

And in 2011, Khan was appointed the brand ambassador

of the Champions League Twenty20, an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations.

In 2010, Khan was named the global ambassador of the live entertainment

theatre and leisure destination Kingdom of Dreams which is described as Bollywood's very own Broadway. 2012, he was roped as the official brand ambassador for Prayag Film City, a complex situated in Chandrakona in West Bengal.

In April

10 billion state of the art film city

In 2013, Khan was chosen to be the brand ambassador


of University Cricket Championship, a T20 tournament played for the title of being the best university in cricket. In February 2011, Khan was appointed brand ambassador for the state of West Bengal.

He was offered the

position by the states chief minister Mamata Banerjee during an interaction with Khan on the sidelines of the inaugural function of the 17th Kolkata Film Festival earlier that year. Khans acceptance came in the form of a letter to the chief minister where he said, West Bengal is my second home.

In August 2012, a promotional film starring

Khan and directed by filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury was released. The three minutes clip branded `Bengal Leads` which is the first-of-its-kind in West Bengal since Independence showcased Bengals traditional tourist spots, topographical and cultural diversity. It also featured Khan speaking a few lines in Bengali, urging people to come and visit what is called Beautiful Bengal.

The film, shot in both English and Hindi and Bengali, was eventually

awarded at the 2nd Asia TV and Film Festival on Journey, organized by the Japanese government.

Ownership of IPL cricket team

In 2008, Khan in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla Mehta and her husband Jay Mehta acquired ownership rights for the franchise representing Kolkata in the Twenty20 cricket tournamentIndian Premier League, for a price of $75.09 million ( 3.57 billion), and have since named the team Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR is one the richest

teams in the IPL and has been ranked as the most valued with a brand value of $42.1 million. Knight Riders are the most profitable and successful franchise in the IPL as well.

Financially, Kolkata

The team was surrounded


with controversy and poor on-field performance through the first three years of the tournament.

Its performance,

however, improved from the fourth season and they eventually became the IPL champions for the first time in 2012 .

On 9 April 2012, Khan was served a notice by the Rajasthan Police for smoking in public after he was seen smoking on camera during a match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and theRajasthan Royals on 8 April.

On 16 May of

the same year, he received a five-year ban from the Wankhede Stadium by the Mumbai Cricket Association for arguing with security at the ground after a match between his team and The Mumbai Indians. apologised to his fans after his team won the final match at Chennai on 27 May.
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Public image
See also: List of awards and nominations received by Shahrukh Khan

Khan's dimples have been cited by the media as one of his most distinctive physical features.

Khan was given the birth name "Shahrukh" (meaning "Face of the King"), but prefers his name to be written as "Shah Rukh Khan", and is also commonly referred to as SRK.

Khan has various homes in India and abroad. His house in

Mumbai called Mannat is a well-known tourist spot and is considered a heritage building, deemed important to the townscape and hence exempt from demolition. a 20 million apartment in London and a

In addition, he also has a house in New Delhi.


Khan also owns

4 billion villa on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. He said in a television


interview that "I bought the house, because one can see the island from the moon." worth was estimated at over 25 billion (US$540 million)

In 2009, Khan's net

Khan is considered one of the most popular Bollywood celebrities in India, has been described as a sex symbol and heartthrob and has a reputation as one of the most desirable men in India.

Khan's six packs abs and his

dimples have been cited by the media as his characteristic distinctive physical features. Rediff noted: "The actor is the proud holder of probably the most famous set of dimples in India".

He was voted the sexiest Asian man in the He has also been regularly featured on

world by Eastern Eye in 2007, and was ranked third in 2008 and 2011.


the top 10 in theTimes of India 's list of the 50 most desirable men in India. have also established him as a style icon in India. best dressed men in the world. dressed men
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Khan's look and performances

In 2011, GQ magazine's British edition declared him one of the

The following year, GQ India included him in their list of Bollywood's 11 best

Karan Johar stated: "Shah Rukh Khan is one person who will look good in casuals as well as in

formals. He can carry off almost anything."

Globally, Khan is considered to be one of the biggest movie stars, with a fan following claimed to number in the billions. He is also of one the most watched movie stars in the world, and one of the most recognisable faces of Indian cinema.

In 2011, The Los Angeles Times noted: "He is the biggest movie star youve never heard

of. And perhaps the worlds biggest movie star, period."

His success and popularity have been attributed as the


result of his emergence in the era of liberalisation and changing economic scenario in the 1990s.

He is often

described as the face and catalyst of a new consumerist urban society, and that he has managed to personify "the restless spirit of post-liberalization, ambitious, assertive and yet feel-good India."

Khan has been featured regularly in the listing of the most powerful names of Indian Cinema. In 2004, he was awarded the Filmfare Power Award (shared with Amitabh Bachachan) for topping theFilmfare list of the "Ten Most Powerful Names of Bollywood", and again in 2005. In 2006 he was ranked as second overall behind Yash Chopra and his son Aditya and the most powerful actor, an achievement he would go on to repeat till 2009.


occupied the top slot of Box Office India's Top Actors list for the first time in 1994 for two consecutive years, then again in 1998 and for the majority of the 2000s (from 2002 till 2008). "Ten Most Powerful Entertainer of the Decade". people in the world. icons.
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He was also declared by FICCI as one of the

In 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful

In a 2009 poll conducted by the newspaper DNA, he was voted one of India's most popular

In January 2013, Khan was ranked at number one on business magazine Forbes's Celebrity 100 list, which 2.02 billion.

named him the most powerful celebrity in India with earnings of over

In 2013, Khan pledged that the names of the his female costars will appear before his name in future film credits, starting with Chennai Express.

Khan and three other Bollywood actors (Priyanka Chopra, Kajol and Hrithik

Roshan) had their likenesses made into a series of miniature dolls for Hasbro and the UK-based Bollywood Legends Corporation.

In popular media

Khan at the launch of hisofficial Opus, in 2011.

In 2005, Nasreen Munni Kabir produced and directed a two-part documentary on Khan, titled The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan. Featuring his 2004 Temptations concert tour, the film contrasted Khan's inner world of family and daily life with the outer world of his work. In 2010, Discovery Travel & Living channel produced a ten-part series titled Living with a Superstar-Shah Rukh Khan. The series was the biggest Indian show on television, with a budget of nearly 20 million, highlighting Khans daily living, film -making, IPL venture and global lifestyle.


19 February of the same year, Discovery Channel aired a single-episode show titled Revealed: Shah Rukh Khan which invited specialists, ranging from social anthropologists, filmmakers, scholars, critics and lifestyle commentators to analyse and explain indepth the impact he has had on both Bollywood and Indias image abroad.

In 2010, Makarand Deshpande directed a two hours film called Shahrukh Bola "Khoobsurat Hai

Tu" (Shahrukh said "You are Beautiful") which centers around the story of an obsessed female fan of Khan who encounters the actor on a traffic signal one day (he then tells her she's beautiful). When met with disbelief from her family and friends, she embarks on a journey to prove her one time meeting with her favorite star and idol. In 2005, Khan was the subject of a series of 20 paintings by Indian artist Anjana Kuthiala.
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Greatly inspired by M.F.

Husains work with, Madhuri Dixit, she hence chose Khan (her favorite artist) to be the muse and subject of her collections. canvas". career."

Kuthiala first met Khan in 2002, where she discussed with him the idea of "immortalizing him on


In a 2011 interview with The times of India, she described her work with Khan as "a turning point in her


The book Still Reading Khan by Mushtaq Sheikh, which details his family life, rare photographs and unusual memories from his youth 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. It describes the world of Bollywood through Khan's life.

In 2007, well-known journalist, critic, columnist and screenwriter Deepa Gahlot released a book

titled SRK: King Khan which analyses the various phases of Khan's life and career through the years.

A second

book by Sheikh, titled Shah Rukh Can was released in 2008.


Khan is also the first actor and the second Indian


after Sachin Tendulkar to have an official Opus dedicated to him.

Acting style and analysis

Khan at the Marrakech Film Festival in 2012.

Khan has been praised by contemporaries and commentators for his acting skills and devotion to his work.

Filmmaker Aziz Mirza described Khan as a "natural" explaining that he had "a rawness in him" and "a crowd

appeal, even when he was just with friends." monumental research for his characters.

He is also known to committing heavily to each role and doing Commenting on this, director Karan Johar said: "He has no limit and


no limitation. He can give a role much more than what you can dream of. He can do anything and be anyone. Also, what really makes him stand apart is the fact that he goes by the tonality of the character. He is somebody who has no boundaries." overacting
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Khan, one the other hand, has also been criticized by some film critics for his "trademark"

and limited acting chops. Derek Bose writes: "The joke going around then was that Shahrukh Khan had

no more than five expressions to play about with and by cleverly juggling them in film after film, made his mark as a superstar".

Similarly, while reviewing his performance in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, another critic noted: "Someone

give the man an oxygen tank before he overacts himself unconscious."

During the span of his career, Khan has played an array, of roles from various film genres; romantic dramas, comedies, action thrillers, horrors, sport films,period films and Sci-fi superhero films.

Following the

success of Baazigar (1993) and Darr (1993), Khan's film roles were subject to wide critical analysis.

His The Daily

performance in the early stages of his career has often been described as "energetic" and "intense".


News and Analysis wrote:"[and] then he came, sliding down stairs on a slab of ice, cartwheeling, somersaulting, lips trembling, eyes trembling, bringing to the screen the kind of physical energy not seen since Shammi Kapoor in his heydays. This was a totally different kind of acting from we had ever seen visceral, intense, maniacal one moment

and cloyingly boyish the next."


He was also praised for being a risk taker by "pushing the envelope" playing

characters that were considered taboo at the time.

Khan was credited for changing the image of the typical

conventional Indian hero; being one of the pioneers of returning the romantic boyish character to the Indian screen.

Harish Dugh from The Indian Express noted: "The die was cast when [King] Khan replaced the

Bachchan bravado with the portrayal of a very humane and likeable, simple and feeling young man." He also added: "Welcome to a new-look Bollywood. Today, it stands virtually transformed by SRK single-handedly into an entity that caters to people's desire to see their superstar reflect their own weaknesses, pain and anguish."

With the release of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Khan began his long lasting foray into the romantic genre which will continue with numerous films such as Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Devdas (2002), Veer-Zaara (2004) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).

Due to his appearance in these

films, he has developed a "romantic lover" image and has been often tagged as an icon of romance in Hindi cinema.

An image that has been met with polarizing reactions; while some argue that he "became trapped in

the conventional romantic lover-boy image, continuing to essay, over the years, a series of roles that were mindnumbingly alike"

others debate that "it is the romantic SRK that |I] connect with the most" and that he "plays the

romantic man with such pizzazz and in the old-world style that he is treat to watch, as he woos the hearts of his costars and his audience!".

Anupama Chopra further noted: "You have to admire his ability to play the romantic hero.

We've seen him do it for two decades but he still makes it compelling."

Following his portrayal of such characters as those in Dil Se.. (1998), Swades (2004), Chak De! India (2007) and My Name Is Khan (2010) and Don 2 (2011), Khan was recognized for his versatility.

In 2010, Filmfare

Magazine included two of his performancesfrom Swades and Chak De! Indiain its list of "80 Iconic Performances". The Indian Express noted: [Khan] has tailored and leveraged his acting skills in such a versatile manner as to impress a demanding audience world-over with his ability to change his acting in a manner unforeseen in the annals of Indian cinema."

Main article: Shahrukh Khan filmography

See also
Bollywood portal

List of awards and nominations received by Shahrukh Khan List of Indian film actors Newark Airport Incident

Media related to Shahrukh Khan at Wikimedia Commons

Shahrukh Khan at the Internet Movie Database


Filmfare Award for Best Actor


Filmfare Award for Best Actor


Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor


Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut


Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role


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IIFA Award for Best Actor (2000-present)


Apsara Award for Best Actor

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