Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan

Infobox actor
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name = Shahrukh Khan

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othername = Shah Rukh Khan, King Khan, SRK
birthdate = birth date and age|df=yes|1965|11|2
location = Delhi, India
yearsactive = 1988 – present
spouse = Gauri Khan (1991 – present)
occupation = Actor, Producer, Television presenter
filmfareawards= Best Actor
1994 "Baazigar"
1996 "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge"
1998 "Dil To Pagal Hai"
1999 "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai"
2003 "Devdas"
2005 "Swades"
2008 "Chak De India"
Best Actor (Critics)
1995 "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa"
2001 "Mohabbatein"
Best Villain
1995 "Anjaam"
Best Male Debut
1993 "Deewana"
Filmfare Power Award (2004 & 2005)

Shahrukh Khan (Hindi: शाहरुख़ ख़ान, Urdu: شاہ رخ خان), born 2 November 1965, is a highly acclaimed Indian actor who works in Bollywood films, as well as film producer and television host.

Khan began his career appearing in several television serials in the late 1980s. He made his film debut with the commercially successful "Deewana" (1992). Since then, he has been part of numerous commercial successes and has delivered a variety of critically acclaimed performances. During his years in the Indian film industry, he has won thirteen Filmfare Awards, seven of which are in the Best Actor category.

While some of Khan's best-known films: "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" (1995), "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" (1998), "Chak De India" (2007) and "Om Shanti Om" (2007), remain some of Bollywood's biggest hits, films like "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" (2001), "Kal Ho Naa Ho" (2003), "Veer-Zaara" (2004) and "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" (2006) have been top-grossing productions in the overseas market, making Khan one of the most successful actors of Hindi cinema. Since 2000, Khan branched out into film production and television presenting as well. He is the founder-owner of two production companies, Dreamz Unlimited amd Red Chillies Entertainment.


Khan was born to Muslim parents of Pathan ethnicity in New Delhi, India.cite web|url =| title = The Rediff Interview / Shah Rukh Khan|publisher = Rediff|accessdate = 2006-06-05] His father, Taj Mohammed Khan was a freedom fighter from Peshawar, Pakistan. His mother Lateef Fatima was the adopted daughter of Major General Shah Nawaz Khan of the Janjua Rajput clan, who served as a General in the Indian National Army of Subash Chandra Bose. [cite web | | title=Badshah at durbar and dinner |url= |accessdate=12 March |accessyear=2007]

Khan's father came to New Delhi from Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar before the Partition of India, [cite web |url= |title=Rediff News Gallery: The Shahrukh Connection] while his mother's family came from Rawalpindi, also in present-day Pakistan. ["A Hundred Horizons" by Sugata Bose, 2006 USA, p136] Khan has an elder sister named Shehnaz. [cite web |url= |title=Shahrukh Khan - Journey] He attended St. Columba's School where he was accomplished in sports, drama and academics. He won the Sword of Honour, an annual award bequeathed to the student who embodies most the spirit of the school. He later attended the Hansraj College (1985-1988) to earn an Honors degree in Economics. Though he studied for a Masters Degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, he later opted out to make his career in Bollywood. [cite web |url= |title=Facts you never knew about SRK |author=IndiaFM News Bureau |publisher=indiaFM |date=2 November 2006 |accessdate=2008-06-26]

After the death of his parents, Khan moved to Mumbai in 1991. [cite web | |title=Shah Rukh Khan turns 42 |url= |accessdate=2 November |accessyear=2007] In that same year, before any of his film releases, he married Gauri Khan (who is a Hindu) in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony on 25 October 1991. [cite web |url= |title=Much ado about King Khan |date=17 November 2006 |author=Siddiqui, Rana |publisher=The Hindu |accessdate=2008-02-09] They have two children, son Aryan Khan (b. 1997) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000). According to Khan, while he strongly believes in Allah, he also values his wife's religion. At home, his children follow both religions, with the Qur'an being situated next to the Hindu gods. [cite web |url= |title=Who's the real Shah Rukh Khan? |author=Zubair Ahmed |publisher=BBC News - BBC |date=23 September 2005 |accessdate=2008-08-26] [cite web |url= |title=Shahrukh Khan Muslim |publisher=YouTube |date=9 April 2007]

In 2005, Nasreen Munni Kabir produced 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. The book "Still Reading Khan", 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. This book described the world of Bollywood through Khan's life.

Khan's life-size wax statue is on display at the Madame Tussauds wax museum, London, installed in April 2007. [cite web|url=|title=Shah Rukh Khan Now Live At Madame Tussauds] Khan has been accorded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of the Arts and Literature) award by the French government for his “exceptional career”. [cite web |url= |title=Shah Rukh Khan to be honoured by French Govt.]


As an actor

Khan studied acting under celebrated Theatre Director Barry John at Delhi's Theatre Action Group (TAG). In 2007, John commented thus on his former pupil:Khan made his acting debut in 1988 when he appeared in the television series, "Fauji", playing the role of Commando Abhimanyu Rai. [cite web|url=|title=The camera chose Shah Rukh Khan] He went on to appear in several other television serials, most notably in the 1989 serial, Aziz Mirza's "Circus", which depicted the life of circus performers. [cite web||url=|work=Shahrukh goes global|accessdate=7 september|accessyear=2007] 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 and was written by Arundhati Roy.

Upon moving from New Delhi to Mumbai in 1991, [cite web|url=|title=Bollywood's Brightest Star] Khan made his Bollywood movie debut in "Deewana" (1992). The movie became a box office hit, and launched his career in Bollywood. [cite web|url=|title=Box Office 1992|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10] His performance won him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. His second movie, "Maya Memsaab", generated some controversy because of his appearance in an "explicit" sex scene in the movie. [cite web|url=|title=Through the looking glass]

In 1993, Khan won acclaim for his performances in villainous roles as an obsessive lover and a murderer, respectively, in the box office hits, "Darr" and "Baazigar". [cite web|url=|title=Box Office 1993|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2008-04-20] "Darr" marked his first collboration with renowned film-maker Yash Chopra and his banner Yash Raj Films, the largest production company in Bollywood. "Baazigar", which saw Khan portraying an ambiguous avenger who murders his girlfriend, shocked its Indian audience with an unexpected violation of the standard Bollywood formula, [cite web|url=|title=Shah Rukh's Best Movies||accessdate=2008-04-20] yet his performance won him his first Filmfare Best Actor Award. In that same year, Khan played the role of a young musician in Kundan Shah's "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa", a performance that earned him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. Khan maintains that this is his all-time favourite among the movies he has acted in. [cite web|url=|title=Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is very special, says Shahrukh Khan] In 1994, Khan once again played an obsessive lover/psycho's role in "Anjaam". Though the movie was not a box office success, Khan's performance earned him the Filmfare Best Villain Award. [cite web|url=|title=Box Office 1994|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2008-04-20]

In 1995, Khan starred in Aditya Chopra's directorial debut "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", a critical and commercial success, for which he won his second Filmfare Best Actor Award [cite web|url=|title=All Time Earners Inflation Adjusted (Figures in Ind Rs)||accessdate=2008-01-10] which entered its twelfth year in 2007 in Mumbai theaters. By then the movie had grossed over 12 billion rupees, making it as one of the biggest movie blockbusters. [cite web||title=´DDLJ´ Enters The Thirteenth Year At The Theaters!|url=|accessdate=14 January|accessyear=2007]

1996 was a disappointing year for Khan as all his movies released that year failed to do well at the box office. [cite web|url=|title=Box Office 1996|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10] His first 1997 release, Yash Chopra's "Dil to Pagal Hai", however, became that year's second highest grossingmovie, and he won his third Filmfare Best Actor Award.cite web|url=|title=Box Office 1997|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10] Earlier that year, he saw success with Subhash Ghai's "Pardes" -- one of the biggest hits of the year-- and Aziz Mirza's "Yes Boss".

In 1998, Khan starred in Karan Johar's directoial debut, "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", which was the biggest hit of the year.cite web|url=|title=Box Office 1998|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10] His performance won him his fourth Best Actor award at the Filmfare. He won critical praise for his performance in Mani Ratnam's "Dil Se". This movie did not do well at the Indian box office, but was a commercial success overseas.cite web|url=|title=Overseas Earnings (Figures in Ind Rs)|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2008-01-10] Khan's only release in 1999, "Baadshah", was an average grosser. [cite web|url=|title=Box Office 1999|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10]

In 2000, Khan starred in Aditya Chopra's second film, "Mohabbatein", co-starring Amitabh Bachchan. The film did well at the box office, and Khan's performance won him his second Critics Award for Best Performance at the Filmfare. He also starred in Mansoor Khan's "Josh", which was also a box office success.cite web|url=|title=Box Office 2000|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10] In that same year, Khan set up his own production house, "Dreamz Unlimited" with Juhi Chawla. Both Khan and Chawla starred in the first movie of their production house, "Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani".

In 2001, Khan collaborated with Karan Johar for the second time in the family drama, "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" which was the second biggest hit of the year. He also received favorable reviews for his performance as Emperor Asoka in the historical epic, "Asoka".cite web|url=|title=Box Office 2001|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10]

In 2002, Khan received acclaim for playing the title role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's award-winning period romance, "Devdas". It was the third Hindi movie adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's well-known novel of the same name, and surfaced as one of the biggest hits of that year.cite web|url=|title=Box Office 2002|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10] Khan also starred opposite Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in the family-drama "Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam", which did well at the box office.

In 2003, Khan starred in the moderately successful romantic drama, "Chalte Chalte".cite web|url=|title=Box Office 2003|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10] That same year, he starred in the romantic drama movie, "Kal Ho Naa Ho", written by Karan Johar and directed by Nikhil Advani. Khan's performance in this movie as a man with heart disease was appreciated. The movie proved to be one of the year's biggest hits in India and the biggest Bollywood hit overseas.

2004 was a good year for Khan, commercially as well as critically. He starred in Farah Khan's directorial debut, "Main Hoon Na". The movie did well at the box office. He then played the leading role of Veer in Yash Chopra's "Veer-Zaara", which was the biggest hit of 2004 in both India and overseas.cite web|url=|title=Box Office 2004|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10] Khan's performance in the film won him awards at several award ceremonies. In that same year, he received critical praise for his performance in Ashutosh Gowariker's "Swades", which won him the Filmfare Best Actor Award for the sixth time, although the movie was a box office failure. He was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor Award for all three of his releases in 2004, winning it for Swades.

Khan's only movie release in 2005 was the fantasy film, "Paheli". It was a box office failure, but won him acclaim.cite web|url=|title=Box Office 2005|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10] The movie was India's nomination for the Oscars.

In 2006, Khan collaborated with Karan Johar for the fourth time with the melodrama movie, "Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna". It did well in India and much more so in the overseas market, becoming the biggest Bollywood hit in the overseas market ever.cite web|url=|title=Box Office 2006|publisher=BoxOfficeIndia.Com|accessdate=2007-01-10] His second release in that saw him playing the title role in the action film "Don", a remake of the 1978 hit "Don". The movie was a success.

Khan's first release in 2007 was a film about the Indian women's national hockey team, "Chak De India." Earning over Rs 639 million, "Chak De India" became the third highest grossing movie of 2007 in Indiacite web
title= Box Office 2007
accessdate= 2008-04-07
publisher= Box Office India
] and was critically acclaimed.cite web
title=Taare Zameen Par, Chak De top directors' pick in 2007
accessdate= 2008-04-10
date=29 December 2007
publisher= Economic Times
] In addition, Khan received his seventh Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance as the coach of the team.

Khan also starred in Farah Khan's 2007 film, "Om Shanti Om". The film emerged as the year's highest grossing film in India and the overseas market, as well as earned him another nomination for "Best Actor" at the Filmfare ceremony.

As a producer

Khan turned producer when he set up a production company called "Dreamz Unlimited" with Juhi Chawla and director Aziz Mirza in 1999. The first two of the films he produced and starred in: "Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani" (2000) and "Asoka" (2001) were box office failures. However, his third film, as a producer and star, "Chalte Chalte" (2003), was the first box office hit from his production house.

In 2004, he set up another production company called "Red Chillies Entertainment" and produced and starred in "Main Hoon Na" which was another hit at the box office. In 2005 he produced and starred in the fantasy film "Paheli", which was a box office failure. It was India's official entry to the Oscars for a nomination for Best Foreign Film, but it did not pass the final selection. That same year he also co-produced the supernatural horror film "Kaal" with Karan Johar and performed an item number for the film with Malaika Arora Khan. "Kaal" was moderately successful at the box office. The latest film "Om Shanti Om", which he produced as well as starred in, has done very well at the box office.In 2008, The Red Chillies Entertainment became the owner of Kolkata Knight Riders in the BCCI backed IPL cricket league.

As a television host

In 2007, Khan replaced Amitabh Bachchan as the host of the third series of the popular game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati", the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?". [cite web|url=|] The previous had hosted the show for five years from 2000-05. On 22 January 2007, "Kaun Banega Crorepati" aired with Khan as the new host and later ended on 19 April 2007. [cite web|url=|]

On 25 April 2008, Khan began hosting the game show "Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?", the Indian version of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?", whose last episode was telecasted on 27 July 2008, with Lalu Prasad Yadav as the special guest.

Awards and nominations




* "Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani" (2000)
* "Asoka" (2001)
* "Chalte Chalte" (2003)
* "Main Hoon Na" (2004)
* "Kaal" (2005)
* "Paheli" (2005)
* "Om Shanti Om" (2007)
* "Billo Barber" (2008)

Playback singer

* "Main to hoon Pagal" - "Baadshah" (1999)
* "Apun Bola" - "Josh" (2000)
* "Khaike Paan Banaraswala" - "Don - The Chase Begins Again" (2006)
* "Ek Hockey Doongi Rakhke" - "Chak De India" (2007)
* "Sattar Minute" - " Chak De India" (2007)

tunts Director

* "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" (1998)
* "Main Hoon Na" (2004)
* "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" (2006)
* "Chak De India" (2007)
* "Om Shanti Om" (2007)

Television appearances

* "Dil Dariya" (1988)
* "Fauji" (1988) ... Abhimanyu Rai
* "Doosra Keval" (1989)
* "Circus" (1989)
* "In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones" (1989)
* "Idiot" (1991) ... Pawan Raghujan
* "Kareena Kareena" (2004) ... Special appearance
* "Rendezvous with Simi Garewal".....Guest
* "Koffee with Karan" (2004-2007) ... Guest (3 episodes)
* "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (2007) ... Host
*" Jjhoom India" (2007) ... Guest
* "Nach Baliye" (2008) .... Guest
* "Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?" (2008) .... Host

See also

* List of Indian Actors

-! colspan="3" style="background: #DAA520;" | Filmfare Awards


Further reading

* "Shahrukh Khan - Still Reading Khan". A1Books Distributor 2007. ISBN 9788187107798.
* Gahlot, Deepa; Agarwal, Amit. "King Khan SRK". Augsburg Weltbild 2007. ISBN 9783828988699.
* Ghosh, Biswadeep. "Hall of fame: Shahrukh Khan" (in English). Mumbai: Magna Books, 2004. ISBN 8178092379.
* Chopra, Anupama. "King of Bollywood : Shah Rukh Khan and the seductive world of Indian cinema" (English). New York: Warner Books, 2007. ISBN 9780446578585.

External links


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DATE OF BIRTH=2 November 1965
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