Date of Birth 2 November 1965, New Delhi, India
Nicknames King Khan
The Badshah of Bollywood
The King of Bollywood
Height 5′ 7″ (1.7 m)
Sharukh Khan was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi, India. He married Gauri Khan on 25 October 1991. They have three children, son Aryan Khan (b. 1997), son AbRam (b.2013) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000). Khan started out his career by appearing in several television serials during 1988-1990. He made his film debut with the commercially successful Deewana (1992). He began to achieve success at the box office from his villainous roles in films such as Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993), and Anjaam (1994). During his years in the Indian film industry, he won eight Filmfare best actor awards, which is highest by any actor and had significant box-office success. Some of his films include Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Om Shanti Om (2007), and Chak de! India (2007).
Born to Mir Taj Muhammad Khan and Lateef Fatima in New Delhi, India. His name literally translates into ‘Face of the King’. According to some critics he may have influences of the legends Mr. Rajesh Khanna and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan while he acts out roles but he has always been known for his trademark performances.
Born and brought up in Delhi, he was a brilliant student and an all rounder. At St. Columba’s School he won the prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’. He was also the captain of his football, hockey and cricket teams all at the same time. After sustaining a football injury, he started to consider acting as a career. He graduated with honours in Economics from Hansraj College and did his masters in mass communications from Jamiya Miliya Islamia. Khan then went on to study theatre under the reputed Mr. Barry John whom he credits for carving out the actor inside him but his mentor considers his pupil as being solely responsible for his greatness and glory citing Shahrukh to have the perfect combination of ‘talent, perseverance, belief in yourself, a never-give-up-attitude and of course, a bit of luck’; factors needed for success.
The King began his journey by landing the lead role of a commando in 1988 drama series Fauji (1988). He was much applauded for his work and soon became the heartthrob of teenage girls bagging roles in other serials as Circus (1989) and ‘Dil Dariya’, the former being delayed due to various reasons. He also had a minor role in a made for television film called In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989).
His big screen debut came in the form of Deewana (1992) where he acted alongside the then top actress of Bollywood Divya Bharti and won the prestigious Filmfare award for Best Debut Actor Male. He had also starred earlier in a small role in ‘Dil Aashna Hai’. This was followed by another hit in the form of Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992).
After a few more films which did average or less at the box office, Khan made the unique choice against all advice to opt for negative roles and played obsessive, somewhat psychotic characters in Darr (1993) and Baazigar (1993). To everyone’s surprise the films were massive hits and Shahrukh earned his first Best Actor award and was also nominated in the villainous role category. His acting was applauded by all in the film industry and carved a niche for future King. The same year he bagged the Critics Award for best performance in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994), a film he often recalls as amongst his favourites.
A series of hits followed to what would be remembered as one of Khan’s most iconic performances; a film which is arguably India’s biggest blockbuster and truly complete with the very best of drama, comedy, romance, thrills and a bit of action as well. The epic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) was released on 20th October 1995 and as of 2011 still plays in a Mumbai theatre, thus being the longest running film in the history. Coincidentally Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise was the initial choice as the main lead but the role went to Shahrukh who is now nicknamed ‘Tom Cruise of India’.
Khan has come a long way since then with a string of hits under his belt which include some of Bollywood’s biggest in both national and international markets namely Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001) , Devdas (2002), Swades (2004), Chak de! India (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007), My Name Is Khan (2010), Ra.One (2011) , Don 2 (2011), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)and the highest grossing Chennai Express (2013) thus making him the undisputed megastar of India with a record number of Best Actor trophies and numerous Power awards.
His fame does not stop here; following release of his films overseas he has been credited as the world’s biggest movie star and was named among the 50 most powerful people by Newsweek.
Even with all the success and a statue among the elite in Madame Tussaud’s, he is quoted as being one of the most humble and down to earth personalities although his wit is unmatched by even the best in business. This has led to him being a host of many television programs, game shows and award functions including India’s version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’.
The King is an active philanthropist funding numerous humanitarian projects and charities as well as being personally involved in them though he prefers to keep this aspect out of the lime light.
His larger than life persona continues to win hearts all over the world with a fan following going into billions. He is the face of brands such as Pepsi, Tag Heur and has a 8 billion dirham property development project comprising multiple residential towers in the UAE named after him called ‘Shah Rukh Khan Boulevard’. He co-owns two production houses ‘Dreamz Unlimited’ and ‘Red Chillies Entertainment’ and the IPL Cricket team ‘Kolkata Knight Riders’.
Recipient of Padma Shri (India), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), Unesco Pyramide con Marni (UNESCO), L’Etoile d’Or (by King of Morroco) and the Chubb fellowship (Yale) Khan resides in his beachside palatial mansion called ‘Mannat’ in Mumbai, India with his wife Gauri Khan and two children Aryan, Suhana and AbRam.
Studied in St. Columba’s school, New Delhi, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honor’, essentially the award for best student.
Although his birth name is spelled Shahrukh, he prefers and signs his name as Shah Rukh.
3 children with Gauri, Aryan, Suhana and AbRam. His 3rd child was born via a surrogate mother on 27 May, 2013.
He agreed to star in Aditya Chopra’s films without looking at the script first.
One of the four Khans that ruled Bollywood from the 1990s onwards. The other three are Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Aamir Khan.SRK joined industry later than Salman and Aamir, Saif is one month senior to SRK as his film Parampara released before Deewana.
Formed a popular screen couple with Kajol and Juhi Chawla.
Runs a production company “Dreamz Unlimited” with actress, friend, co-star Juhi Chawla and director, friend Aziz Mirza.
Named one of Time Magazine’s 20 Asian Heroes under 40. (2004).
His son, Aryan Khan, portrayed SRK as an infant in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001).
Son, Aryan Khan, voice of Tez Lajawaab (Dash), character for Hindi dubbed version of Disney’s animated film, The Incredibles (Hum Hain Lajawaab).
Shah Rukh and his wife, Gauri Khan, own the production company “Red Chilies Entertainments”, which Shah Rukh started for friend and colleague, director/choreographer Farah Khan, for her debut directorial film – Main Hoon Na (2004).
Purchased a villa on a man made island on the coast of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Number 74 on E!’s 101 Hottest Celebrity Bodies Countdown (aired January 2006).
Was not very good at Hindi in school, until his mother promised to take him to the cinema if he passed. As he loved films,he got top marks from then on.
His father ran a transport company and his mother was a magistrate.
Gets along very well with former co-stars Juhi Chawla and Preity Zinta.
Loves computer games, video games and hi-tech gadgets.
His first name “Shahrukh” means “face of the king”.
Resides in a mansion called Mannat in Mumbai, India.
Being a Muslim man married to a Hindu woman, he and his wife combine both religious backgrounds into their children’s education.
His parents died before he entered movies. Shahrukh considers it a big regret that they couldn’t see what their son was to become.
Has a mannequin of himself in Madame Tussaud’s Museum in England. Along with Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Madhuri Dixit, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
He has a dog called Chewbacca.
He has an elder sister named Shehnaz Lalarukh.
Father is Meer Taj Mohammed Khan, Mother is Lateef Fatima Khan.
Fond of BMW cars and owns a number of them including the latest models.
Best friends with Karan Johar, Arjun Rampal,Farhan Akhtar, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan and his wife Sussane Khan Roshan, Preity Zinta,Vivek Vaswani,Vivek Oberoi, Juhi Chawla and her husband Jai Metha, Rani Mukerji, Arbaaz Khan, Sajid Khan, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Kajol, Malaika Arora , Chunky Pandey and his wife and Mushtaq Sheikh.
Suffers from back, knee and neck problems.
Firmly insists and had promised himself that he would never kiss on the lips of any of his female co-stars after he had done the movie Maya (1993).
Launched Deepika Padukone’s career in Bollywood.
His father Meer Mohammed Taj Khan died of cancer in 1981 and his mother Lateef Fatima Khan died of complications in diabetes in 1991.
He has been awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of the Arts and Literature) award by the French government for his exceptional career.
Launched his perfume “SK” with the French perfumers and Jeannes Arthes.
The reason why Khan took up mass communications (film making) is because he loved television commercials.
Had Graduated from Hansraj College, Delhi University and followed it up with a Masters Degree in Mass Communications (Film making) from Jamia Millia Islamia University, in New Delhi, but after a year Shah Rukh opted out as he had to make his acting career in Bollywood.
He had captained all teams in football, cricket and hockey and even played cricket at zone and national level.
At school he was an ace in Hindi, electronics and biology but wasn’t good at all in mathematics.
His debut film was Dil Aashna Hai (…The Heart Knows) (1992) but due to the delay in the release of the film Deewana (1992) was considered as his debut film.
His acting career in Bollywood was launched by his friend Vivek Vaswani and Hema Malini.
Is very scared of riding horses.
For a short span of time Shahrukh ran a restaurant in Dariya Ganj in New Delhi, India.
SRK joined Barry John’s theatre group in New Delhi and learned acting from him, Barry John also taught acting to Manoj Bajpayee in his theatre group.
Owns three Production Houses in India, Dreamz Unlimited, Red Chillies Entertainment and Red Chillies Idiot Box. Red Chillies Idiot Box Production house will start producing Television Serials in India.
Has started producing television serials in India.
Turned down the Quiz Master’s (Prem Kapoor) role in Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and the role went to Anil Kapoor.
Owns a VFX company, Red Chillies VFX.
He was the one who recommended Rani Mukerji to Karan Johar for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and has maintained a close friendship with the actress since.
All time favorite actor of his since his childhood are Dilip Kumar and Rajesh Khanna.
All time favorite actresses are Mumtaz, Sharmila Tagore, Zeenat Aman, Reena Roy, and Saira Banu.
Has done a nude sex scene with his female co-star Deepa Sahi in Maya (1993).
Is a chain cigarette smoker. Smokes at least 2 packs a day.
In 2010, while doing a cameo in Mudassar Aziz’s Dulha Mil Gaya (2010), he damaged his shoulder which required him to go through a major surgery.
In 2008, he suffered a major injury on his right shoulder. He ignored the pain, but as it worsened in 2010, he had to undergo a minimal invasive surgery.
While shooting for Shakthi: The Power (2002) in 2001, he suffered a neck injury while performing a stunt. He was operated in the United Kingdom for the same by a renowned surgeon.
On the sets of Darr (1993), he fractured three of his ribs while performing a stunt with Anupam Kher. Kher accidentally lifted his leg, hurting his chest in the process.
Is a huge fan of Manchester United Football Club.
Had recently patched up with his long time arch rival Megastar Salman Khan at an Iftar Party on July 2013.
When he was just four years of age, Shahrukh happened to throw a rock at a neighborhood boy because of which the latter’s teeth broke. Late at night that day, the child’s father came to the house in an inebriated state while wielding a knife. Shah Rukh’s father coolly opened the door and when this man threatened to kill his son for what he had done, he crosschecked with Shah Rukh as to whether or not he had committed the act of mischief. When the child confessed, the dad asked him to go out and explain himself to the man who was not only drunk but also armed. Shah Rukh had to go outside and apologize for his deed.
Loves watching movies alone in the darkness of his BMW car.
Wears his wedding ring on his right hand.
Shahrukh doesn’t keep a beard as he and his kids find it scratchy.
He does not like ice creams.
Believes in the TINA factor: There Is No Alternative to hard work.
During his busy schedule, he manages with only 4 to 5 hours of sleep.
He won the Raman Subramanyam Award in Class X (1982-1983) for character, all round performance in studies, sports and extracurricular activities and the Sword of Honour in Class XII (1984-1985) for the Best all round performance, loyalty, obedience, integrity and sportsmanship.
The college where he studied was Delhi University’s Hans Raj College, and Shah Rukh did his Economics Honors from the institution between 1985-1988. When Hans Raj celebrated its Golden Jubilee, the college gave away 17 shields to its alumni who had excelled in their lives and professions and Shah Rukh was one of them.
After graduating from Hans Raj, he went on to join Jamia Millia Islamia’s Mass Communications Research Centre to do his masters in filmmaking and journalism.
One of the reasons why Shah Rukh bought Mannat, his palatial bungalow, was since he wanted to have an exclusive prayer room. Shah Rukh says that if he were broke, he will sell everything except Mannat.
His dog’s names are Dash, Hulk, Kai and Juicy.
Studied at St. Columbas School and he believes that it is the best school in the whole world not because he studied in it, but because he feels they are very disciplined.
As a parent, he likes to believe he is a better father than an actor.
When he is sad he becomes quiet and overcomes it with hugs from his kids.
His philosophy with people is: It’s OK if people let you down, their loss not yours.
His ”Flop Films” include: Ashoka the Great (2001), Shakthi: The Power (2002), Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke (2004), Chaahat (1996), English Babu Desi Mem (1996), Koyla (1997), Oh Darling Yeh Hai India (1995), Zamaana Deewana (1995), Maya (1993), King Uncle (1993), Baadshah (1999), Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000), One 2 Ka 4 (2001), Dil Se.. (1998), Duplicate (1998), Trimurti (1995), Ram Jaane (1995), Anjaam (1994), Paheli (2005), Swades (2004), Billu Barber (2009), Ra.One (2011), Army (1996), Guddu (1995), Chamatkar (1992), Idiot (1992), Dil Aashna Hai (…The Heart Knows) (1992), Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992) and Yes Boss (1997).
All of his car registration numbers reads 555. Shahrukh is very particular about the registration number as he’s superstitious about it and believes it brings him good luck.
Wears Tag-Heuer’s wristwatches and reading glasses.
He and son Aryan are major WWE Wrestling fans.
He is doing a world wide concert with Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Arjun Rampal, and Priyanka Chopra. [September 2004] Shooting for My Name is Khan in San Fransisco. [June 2009] His chauffeur’s name is Mohan Dongre.
The total business generated by his films in India is Rs 1642.52 Crores, only behind Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.
Starred in Prem Lalwani’s shelved film “Bada Aadmi” directed by Lekh Tandon. Co starring Juhi Chawla. Music by Anand- Miland. This was June 1993.
In 2006, one of Shahrukh’s bodyguards was shot dead by the other.
His personal bodyguard’s name is Yasmin Khan. When his bodyguard got married, Shahrukh gifted him a flat that is located beside his residence Mannat.
Was approached to play Vicky Arora’s role in Feroz Khan’s Yalgaar (1992). But he insisted on getting a story narration from Feroz Khan himself and not his assistant. After being told about this, Feroz dropped the idea of casting him and launched Vicky Arora. Previous to approaching Shahrukh, Feroz Khan had approached Aamir Khan and Salman Khan for the same role.They both also declined.
Was approached by Vidhu Vinod Chopra to play Raghubir Yadav’s role in 1942: A Love Story (1994). By the time the shooting started, Shahrukh was already playing lead role’s in films. He declined.
Was signed for Arif Zakaria’s role in Darmiyaan: In Between (1997) but opted out.
Went for a world tour concert with Akshay Kumar and Kajol in September 1998. They visited cities in Canada, America and England.
Went for a world tour concert with Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Mamta Kulkarni in April 1996. They visited cities in Canada, America and England.
His Grandmother named him Abdul Rahman at birth but later on his father named him as Shahrukh Khan.
Went for a world tour concert in September 2004. He went with Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, Rani Mukherjee, Priyanka Chopra. They went to cities in Canada, America, England.
Went for a world tour concert with Rishi Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Raveena Tandon, Juhi Chawla, Ashwini Bhave in September 1994. They visited cities in Canada, America and England.
Went for a world tour concert with Sunny Deol, Mithun Chakraborthy in May 1994. They visited cities in Canada , America and England.
Went for a world tour concert with Sanjay Dutt in May 2000. They visited cities in Canada, America and England.
Was named Abdul Rahman by his grandmother at birth, but his father renamed him Shahrukh Khan.
Was to star in Subhash Ghai’s shelved film “Ganga” opposite Manisha Koirala. This was after Pardes.
Before Mohabbatien, Aditya Chopra was going to make a film with Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala. He decided to shelve that film. Years later he decided to start that film once again as Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
He won the best actor award 29 times.
Shahrukh Khan has had 226 nominations across popular Bollywood awards, and has won 207 of them.
In 1993, Pavan Chawla turned director and signed Shah Rukh Khan and Pooja Bhatt for his film. A year later the film got shelved.
Starred in the shelved movie ” Kutte Ki Maut” (1995) Starring Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar,Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Directed by Saaed Mirza The film was based on the infamous shoot out at Lokhandwala that rocked Bombay. Years later the film was eventually made as “Shootout At Lokhandwala”.
Starred in Venus shelved movie opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan directed by Priyadarshan. This was in 2001.
Starred in the shelved film “Pyar Beshumar” (1994). Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla. Produced and directed by Ketan Desai.
A C grade film named Akela Na Jana was made in the 1990’s. When it failed to release, the director named Salim Khan released the soundtrack with Shahrukh Khan and Kajol on the cover. This was done to increase the sales of the cassette.
A small producer named Navin Rehal was making a C grade film titled “Churalia Nigahon Se”. When that film was shelved he took the pictures of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol , put it on the CD cover and released the soundtrack songs of the film. People were fooled into believing that Shahrukh and Kajol had starred in this unreleased film. This was done to increase the sales of the CD.
In 1998 Shekhar Kapur was going to direct a movie titled “Maut Se Jo Darte Nahin” Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Sunil Shetty, Scripted by Tigmanshu Dhulia. The film got shelved.