Screen exclusive! Love me tender: Shah Rukh Khan
On his 47th birthday, Shah Rukh Khan gets talking about life after Yash Chopra, his latest film 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', his new business venture - a kids amusement park - and how he still lives by the belief that he's the best.
It must be very strange promoting Jab Tak Hai Jaan after Yash (Chopra) ji's demise. What is your state of mind right now?
You know, Adi (Aditya Chopra) and I were chatting the other day that we still feel Yash ji's omnipresence all around us. I shared a very close relationship with him but we hardly used to talk. I think he used to call me some 10 times a year, he would call Gauri up more frequently—they had the Punjabi connect—but still I never felt that I hadn't spoken to him. The same way I can still feel his presence. He's always around. As a person also, he always preferred to be in the background, he was never a foreground person. Somehow I look at his passing away in the context of what he was all about. Yash ji was all about films. They were his life. Somehow I feel that when he decided that 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' would be his last film, he chose the best way to go. I'd like to do that too. I've only worked half the time Yash ji has. I've just been here for 22 years but I hope that when I decide to go, I hope I can do it this way too—to be working till the last day, to leave with your boots on.
On his 80th birthday when Yash ji was in conversation with you, he announced that he'd be retiring from filmmaking. Was the announcement a surprise to you too or did he talk to you about it?