Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most important pillars of Bollywood and here are 52 facts to know about The King of Bollywood.
#1 Shah Rukh was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi to Meer Taj Mohammed Khan and Lateef Fatima.
#2 His Grandmother wanted to call him Abdul Rehman, but his parents did not like the name and changed it to ‘Shahrukh Khan’, which means face of the king.
#3 Although Khan was given the birth name Shahrukh Khan, he prefers his name to be written as Shah Rukh Khan, and is commonly referred to by the acronym SRK.
#4 Khan’s father, Meer Taj Mohammed Khan, was an Indian independence activist in Peshawar, British India (present-day Pakistan).
#5 Shah Rukh’s family decided to move to New Delhi in 1948 after India’s partition.
#6 His mother, Lateef Fatima, was the daughter of a senior government engineer.
#7 Although, Shah Rukh is known to be a Delhi boy but he spent his first five years of his life in Mangalore, his Naani had adopted him when he was a small boy, as she wanted to have a son.
#8 SRK loved sports when he was a child, and still does. He was the captain of football and hockey teams and played cricket at zonal and national levels. He said in many interviews that his father always inspired him to play at least one sports because it teaches you a lot.
#9 Shah Rukh described himself on social media as “half Hyderabadi (mother), half Pathan (father), and little Kashmiri (grandmother)”.
#10 Khan enrolled at Hansraj College (1985-88) to earn his bachelor’s degree in Economics, but spent much of his time at Delhi’s Theatre Action Group (TAG), where he studied acting under the mentorship of theatre director Barry John.
#11 After graduating from Hansraj, SRK began studying for a master’s degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, but left to pursue his acting career.
#12 His favourite actors include Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Mumtaz.
#13 Shah Rukh Khan and Amrita Singh (Saif Ali Khan’s first wife) were childhood friends and Amrita Singh was also his first acting partner during his theatre days.
#14 During his struggling days, Shah Rukh Khan ran a restaurant in Darya Ganj in Delhi.
#15 Despite Fauji commonly believed to be Shah Rukh Khan’s first serial, SRK actually got his first breakthrough Dil Dariya for which he began shooting in 1988. However, due to production delays, Fauji released first and came to be famous has SRK’s debut TV show.
#16 After Shah Rukh earned some fame with Fauji, he acted in a series of television shows (Circus, Wagle Ki Duniya, Doosra Keval etc).
#17 Starting out in Bollywood for a newbie is a difficult task. But did you know that Shah Rukh signed not one or two but shockingly five films back-to-back in one day before he started out his Bollywood career.
#18 Deewana is believed to be his first movie as it released first but in reality, many of us don’t know that the first film SRK signed is actually Hema Malini’s Dil Aashna Hai.
#19 Guess the first crush of Khan? In his teenage years, Shah Rukh Khan had a major crush on Saira Banu and Mumtaz.
#20 His father died of cancer in 1981, and 10 years later, his mother died from complications of diabetes.
#21 After the death of their parents, his older sister, Shahnaz Lalarukh, born in 1960, fell into a depressed state and Khan took on the responsibility of caring for her.
#22 Shah Rukh also acted in the famous English television film In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989), scripted by The God of Small Things writer Arundhati Roy.
#23 He signed most iconic film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge without even looking at the script. He did this out of his love for filmmaker Aditya Chopra.
#24 From 1993, Shah Rukh’s villainous run began. He started acting in a series of films featuring him as the anti-hero. His fans praised this new avatar too.
#25 DDLJ is the longest running film in Indian cinema’s history.
#26 Shah Rukh played an obsessive lover in Yash Chopra’s Darr and an avenging psychopath in Abbas-Mustan’s Baazigar. He also played a negative role in 1994’s Anjaam.
#27 Shah Rukh Khan starred in seven films in 1995, the year Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge released.
#28 Around this time, Shah Rukh Khan acted in a nude scene in Ketan Mehta’s Maya Memsaab.
#29 1996 saw Khan releasing four films, all of which gone flopped, both critically and commercially.
#30 However, throughout 1997 and 1998, he gave a series of hit films like Yes Boss, Pardes, Dil To Pagal Hai, among others.
#31 While 1998 saw the release of one of Khan’s most popular films Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, SRK’s terrorism drama Dil Se.. also released this year.
#32 The roles that Shah Rukh Khan did in the ’90s earned him a lot of fame, especially among women and teenagers.
#33 He married Gauri Chibber, a Punjabi Hindu, in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony on 25 October 1991, after a six-year courtship.
#34 The couple has a son Aryan and a daughter Suhana.
#35 In 2013, Khan and his wife became parents of a third child named AbRam, who was born through a surrogate mother.
#36 His children follow both religions at home, the Qur’an is situated next to the Hindu deities.
#37 SRK suffered a tragic spinal injury on the sets of Shakti: The Power. This resulted in such acute pain, that he was forced to undergo anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery in London.
#38 Following the surgery, Shah Rukh reduced the number of films, he would star in each year.
#39 Shah Rukh Khan again injured himself badly in December 2008. This time, his shoulder suffered on the sets of Dulha Mil Gaya.
#40 Shah Rukh Khan starred as a superhero for the first time in 2011’s Ra.One. According to him, this film was for his own and other kids across the world.
#41 Khan finally broke his no-kissing rule for the first time in 2012’s romantic drama Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
#42 However, Shah Rukh went back to the dramatic territory with the 2016 thriller Fan, which starred the actor in double roles.
#43 He rejected Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, Munnabhai MBBS, No Smoking, Ek Tha Tiger and 3 Idiots.
#44 Shah Rukh Khan is playing a dwarf for the first time in Raanjhanaa director Aanand L Rai’s Untitled.
#45 SRK has been nominated 226 times for various Bollywood awards and has won 207 among them.
#46 While Shah Rukh has hosted one season of Kaun Banega Crorepati, he also holds the record for hosting the lowest rated television show ever: Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout.
#47 His first salary was 50 rs which he earned at a Pankaj Udhas concert in Delhi in the early 80s. With that money, he went on to see the Taj Mahal in Agra.
#48 SRK is quite superstitious about numbers and has 555 written on number plates of all of his cars.
#49 In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in the world.
#50 The media often label him as “Brand SRK” because of his many endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures.
#51 He has been named among the top five richest actors in the world multiple times, which means he is richer than actors like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood and Adam Sandler.
#52 As of 2015, Khan is co-chairman of the motion picture production company Red Chillies Entertainment and its subsidiaries and is the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.
Apart from these 52 facts, there are few more interesting things you should know about Shah Rukh Khan:
Gave his award to Salman Khan
In 1998, he won the Zee Cine Award for best actor but to everyone’s surprise, he called Salman Khan on stage and handed over the award to him and asked him to deliver the thank you speech instead.
SRK donated Rs.5 million to Nanavati Hospital
He has donated Rs.5 million to the Nanavati Hospital for a state-of-the-art medical centre in memory of his mother Lateef Fatima.
Khan said, “Being a father of two, I know what the kids undergo when they are admitted to a hospital at such a young age. I love kids and they should be taken good care of but at the same time I wish this ward is never used as I want them to stay healthy and fit”.
Honoured by UNESCO
Shah Rukh won a special award for his kindness and charitable work at the 20th UNESCO Awards in Germany. King Khan became the first Indian to be honoured with this award.
My life may seem glamorous from the outside but off-screen, it’s as ordinary as anyone else’s – Shah Rukh Khan