Always staying in the limelight is tough: Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan talks about his passion for quizzing and handling stress without compromising on “righteousness”

His star trek began with a slick television serial titled Fauji more than two decades ago and even after becoming the baadshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan kept returning to the small screen time and again. But, it looks like he has a penchant for quizzing and game shows. After hosting Kaun Banega Crorepati, Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas Se Tez Hain and Zor Ka Jhatka, SRK is now gearing up to add another game show to his television repertoire — Sabse Shaana Kaun, based on the ‘Who’s Asking?’ format.

Shah Rukh Khan. Pic/Nimesh Dave

At the launch of the show on Wednesday night, the actor told hitlist that he had been offered a lot of TV shows but the concepts didn’t enthuse him. But, this particular game show’s format compelled him to take it up. “I don’t want to do shows only for money. But I liked this QnA format of Sabse... Since it is a new concept, we have some scope to improvise. And despite a set format, I would like to have personal interaction with the participants to bring a human aspect to the show. I like quizzing. I play treasure hunt with my kids and hurl questions at them on various topics. When I was in Dubai to bring in the New Year, all of us, including my friends, would sit down to play mind trap and other games. More than who is smarter amongst us we were keen to know who will win first,” SRK said.

Shah Rukh Khan. Pic/ Nimesh Dave

He then moved on to talk about the pressure of being under constant media scrutiny. Alluding to the recent comments made by his 'Happy New Year' co-star Deepika Padukone on personally coping with depression, Shah Rukh said he takes life as it comes. “People have their ways of dealing with their emotions, but I don’t have any specific source. Always staying in the limelight is tough. However, what is more difficult is to stay on the path of righteousness while staying on the top. An actress who wears a skimpy dress is severely scrutinised. Sometimes you hear statements like ‘God! He’s looking so haggard, what is he wearing?’ But, that is how I choose to be, why must that bother you? To live through all that can get stressful. But, I work only under stress. I have chosen to work 18 hours a day and accept everyone’s criticism as a part and parcel of this life,” the actor asserts.

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