Shah Rukh Khan turns 47 today. However the Bollywood star is not keen on a high-profile party to celebrate the occasion. Though he is not known for throwing glamorous birthday bashes, this decision has a lot to do with the passing away of his mentor and filmmaker Yash Chopra last week.
SRK states, “I’m planning to work that’s all I know at least during the daytime. Besides, it has never been a special day for me. Of course, I’ll make sure that I thank all my well-wishers from radio stations and newspapers, as usual.”
Speaking about his many fans who throng his residence Mannat on special days, the actor says, “It has become a thing now. Every single year, I see people arriving with cakes and cards. It’s a simple joy. But I wake up late, so maybe I should set up a shamiana for them to help them avoid the sun. It’s a humbling experience to greet people.”
He may or may not spend the day with the who’s who of the industry, but the actor rues how the media is always there at his home to capture every moment of the day. “It’s funny how I end up celebrating my birthdays with them! In fact, whether there be a party or not, I somehow spend this particular day with the media. Isn’t that sad?” quips SRK.
Interestingly, SRK’s 21st wedding anniversary fell just four days after Chopra’s departure and as expected, the event turned out to be subdued. “With what happened, you don’t feel like celebrating and making noise. That night, Adi (Aditya Chopra) even asked me to go out for dinner with Gauri but you know how it feels like... having lost someone so close to your heart,” he sums up.
Needless to mention, Shah Rukh Khan shared a strong bond with Yash Chopra and it’s more so evident when you ask him about a the most memorable moment he spent with his father-like figure. “Strange as it is, we rarely discussed a scene or a shot. On the contrary, we spoke about life in general. The most beautiful thing he ever said to me was ‘Of all the people I know, you love women in the most respectful way. I’ve known you for so long. I can’t be wrong about this’. That was heartening.”