As Shah Rukh Khan touches the half-century milestone today, we bring you details of his big birthday bash along with some trivia and candid shots from our archives
It's a familiar sight every year — Shah Rukh Khan climbing the fence of his luxurious bungalow, Mannat, in Bandra to greet fans every time he turns a year older. But, today will be special as he reaches the 50-year milestone and the trailer of his upcoming film, 'Fan', is released to mark his big day.
Sea of fans: Shah Rukh Khan waves out to his fans gathered outside Mannat on his birthday
While the superstar will ring in his birthday in the company of wife, Gauri, his children, Suhana, Aryan and AbRam, as well as his besties, a lavish bash will follow in the evening. DJ Chetas will play at the party tonight for his fans who have flown in from different parts of the world.
Chetas has planned a surprise act for SRK which, obviously, he did not want to reveal, but we hear that the star will be with him in the console area pumping up the jam and getting his fans on the dance floor.
Says the DJ, "It's a big day for the star's fans and my playlist will include all of his chartbusters over the years. There will also be live performances by a violinist, percussionist and saxophonist."
Chetas, who was approached by Shah Rukh's production house to perform at the bash, plans to open his gig with an instrumental track from SRK's 2000 flick 'Mohabbatein' in which he played a violinist.
There will be a mash up of songs from his upcoming film, 'Dilwale'. His fans can expect chartbusters from 'Deewana' (1992), 'Baazigar' (1993), 'Main Hoon Na' (2004) and 'Chennai Express' (2013) to flow out of the DJ's console.
"For me, it's all about getting the fans on the dance floor to shake a leg with the Bollywood Baadshah. At the end of the day, as a DJ, you need to serve the audience what they want and the way they want it," he adds.
Down memory lane
SRK gets naughty at an awards funtion
Wipes his forehead with a dancer's costume at a stage show
Shakes a leg with GP Sippy
With his favourite co-star, Kajol
In the countdown to the 50 candles being blown out, SRK tweeted last evening, "Right now so humbled by the attention & love being given to my Birthday. Didn't ever realise living will be so beautiful. Thanks all (sic)."
A still from TV serial 'Fauji' in the late 1980s
SRK with late Divya Bharti in his debut release, 'Deewana' (1992)
Did you know?
>> SRK's mother always felt he resembled Dilip Kumar, who considers him as his son.
Dilip Kumar with Shah Rukh Khan. Pic/Rane Ashish
>> Initially, he was not good at Hindi in school, so his mother would often take him to a film if he passed the subject. Since he loved watching movies, he would work hard to get good scores.
>> His love for TV commercials prompted him to pursue mass communications in college.
>> He ran a restaurant in Dariya Ganj in New Delhi for a brief period.
>> After 'Pardes' (1997), he was supposed to star in Subhash Ghai's film 'Ganga' opposite Manisha Koirala, but the project never took off.
>> It is well known that his tiffin box consists of grilled chicken, but sometimes there are cutlets and pasta too.
>> King Khan is known to be a doting dad. In 2009, he had a boxing ring specially constructed for his son, Aryan, who was at that time glued to WWE bouts. The manufacturing company, a sports shop in Dhobi Talao, had never before installed a boxing ring at someone's home.
SRK had made a WWE style boxing ring for his son, Aryan, at home in 2009
>> SRK does not like to talk about his charitable work; he feels "when you do merciful deeds, don't let your left hand know what your right hand does".
>> He never looks at scripts when his closest buddy, filmmaker Aditya Chopra approaches him for a project. At the same time, he feels Chopra should have made more films with him.
SRK Turns 50