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Shah Rukh Khan is my inspiration

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Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan (born Shahrukh Khan, 2 November 1965), also known as SRK, is an Indian film actor, producer and television personality. Referred to in the media as "Baadshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood" or "King Khan", he has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films. Described by the Los Angeles Times as perhaps "the world's biggest movie star",[3] Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. He is one of the richest actors in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$400–600 million, and his work in Bollywood has earned him numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards.

Khan started his career with appearances in several television series in the late 1980s. He made his Bollywood debut in 1992 with Deewana. Early in his career, Khan was recognised for portraying villainous roles in the films Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993) and Anjaam (1994). He then rose to prominence after starring in a series of romantic films, including Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001). He earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of an alcoholic in Devdas (2002), a NASA scientist in Swades (2004), a hockey coach in Chak De! India (2007) and a man with Asperger syndrome in My Name Is Khan (2010). Many of his films display themes of Indian national identity and connections with diaspora communities, or gender, racial, social and religious differences and grievances. For his contributions to film, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, and the Government of France awarded him both the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Légion d'honneur.

As of 2015, Khan is co-chairman of the motion picture production company Red Chillies Entertainment and its subsidiaries, and is the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders. He is a frequent television presenter and stage show performer. The media often label him as "Brand SRK" because of his many endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures. Khan's philanthropic endeavours have provided health care and disaster relief, and he was honoured with UNESCO's Pyramide con Marni award in 2011 for his support of children's education. He regularly features in listings of the most influential people in Indian culture, and in 2008 Newsweek named him one of their fifty most powerful people in the world.

Early life and family

Khan was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi.[2] He spent the first five years of his life in Mangalore, where his maternal grandfather, Ifthikar Ahmed, served as the chief engineer of the port in the 1960s.[4][5][a] According to Khan, his paternal grandfather, Jan Muhammad, an ethnic Pashtun (Pathan), was from Afghanistan.[7][8] Khan's father, Meer Taj Mohammed Khan, was an Indian independence activist in Peshawar, British India (present-day Pakistan). As of 2010, Khan's paternal family was still living in Shah Wali Qataal area of Peshawar's Qissa Khawani Bazaar.[8] Meer was a follower of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan,[9] and affiliated with the All Indian National Congress.[8] He moved to New Delhi before the 1947 partition of India.[10] Khan's mother, Lateef Fatima, was the daughter of a senior government engineer.[11] His parents were married in 1959.[14] Khan described himself on Twitter as "half Hyderabadi (mother), half Pathan (father), [and] some Kashmiri (grandmother)".[15] His cousin in Peshawar, Maqsood Ahmed, however claims that the family is actually of Hindkowan origin from Kashmir, not Pashtun, and also contradicts the claim that his grandfather was from Afghanistan.[8]

Khan grew up in the Rajendra Nagar neighbourhood of Delhi.[16] His father had several business ventures including a restaurant, and the family lived a middle-class life in rented apartments.[17] Khan attended St. Columba's School in central Delhi where he excelled in his studies and in sports such as hockey and football,[18] and received the school's highest award, the Sword of Honour.[17] In his youth, he acted in stage plays and received praise for his imitations of Bollywood actors, of which his favourites were Mumtaz and Amitabh Bachchan.[19] One of his childhood friends and acting partners was Amrita Singh, who became a Bollywood actress.[20] Khan enrolled at Hansraj College (1985–88) to earn his bachelor's degree in Economics, but spent much of his time at Delhi's Theatre Action Group (TAG),[21] where he studied acting under the mentorship of theatre director Barry John.[22] After Hansraj, he began studying for a master's degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, but left to pursue his acting career.[23] He also attended the National School of Drama in Delhi during his early career in Bollywood.[24] His father died of cancer in 1981,[c] and his mother died in 1991 from complications of diabetes.[27] After the death of their parents, his older sister, Shahnaz Lalarukh, born in 1960,[28] fell into a depressed state and Khan took on the responsibility of caring for her.[25][29] Shahnaz continues to live with her brother and his family in their Mumbai mansion.[30]

Although Khan was given the birth name Shahrukh Khan, he prefers his name to be written as Shah Rukh Khan, and is commonly referred to by the acronym SRK.[1] He married Gauri Chibber, a Punjabi Hindu, in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony on 25 October 1991, after a six-year courtship.[31][32] They have a son Aryan (born 1997) and a daughter Suhana (born 2000).[23] In 2013, they became parents of a third child named AbRam,[33] who was born through a surrogate mother.[34] According to Khan, while he strongly believes in Islam, he also values his wife's religion. His children follow both religions; at home the Qur'an is situated next to the Hindu deities

In the media

Shah Rukh Khan receives a considerable amount of media coverage in India, and is often referred to as "King Khan", "The Baadshah of Bollywood", or "The King of Bollywood".[210][211][212] Anupama Chopra cites him as an "ever present celebrity", with two or three films a year, constantly running television ads, print ads and gigantic billboards lining the streets of Indian cities.[213] The object of a sometimes fanatical following, with a fan base estimated to exceed one billion,[214] he was declared "the biggest movie star you've never heard of. And perhaps the world's biggest movie star, period" in 2011 by Steven Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times.[d][3] Khan is one of the wealthiest and most powerful celebrities in India, topping the Forbes India's "Celebrity 100 list" for 2012 and 2013.[216][217] He was named by Newsweek as one of their fifty most powerful people globally in 2008,[218][219] and his wealth has been estimated at US$400–600 million.[220][221] Khan owns several properties in India and abroad, including a £20 million apartment in London,[222] and a villa on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.[223]

Khan frequently appears on listings of the most popular, stylish and influential people in India. He has regularly featured among the top ten on The Times of India‍ '​s list of the 50 most desirable men in India,[224][225] and in a 2007 poll by the magazine Eastern Eye he was named the sexiest man in Asia.[226] Khan is often referred to as "Brand SRK" by media organisations because of his many brand endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures.[227][228] He is one of the highest paid Bollywood endorsers and one of the most visible celebrities in television advertising, with up to a six per cent share of the television advertisement market.[229][230] Khan has endorsed brands including Pepsi, Nokia, Hyundai, Dish TV, D'decor, LUX and TAG Heuer.[230][231] Books have been published about him,[232][233] and his popularity has been documented in several non-fiction films, including the two-part documentary The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan (2005),[234] and the Discovery Travel & Living channel's ten-part miniseries Living with a Superstar—Shah Rukh Khan (2010).[229] In 2007, Khan became the third Indian actor to have his wax statue installed at London's Madame Tussauds museum, after Aishwarya Rai and Amitabh Bachchan.[235][236] Additional versions of the statue were installed at Madame Tussauds' museums in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York and Washington.[237]

Khan has been brand ambassador of various governmental campaigns, including Pulse Polio and National AIDS Control Organisation.[231] He is a member of the board of directors of Make-A-Wish Foundation in India,[238] and in 2011 he was appointed by UNOPS as the first global ambassador of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council.[239] He has recorded a series of public service announcements championing good health and proper nutrition, and joined India's Health Ministry and UNICEF in a nationwide child immunisation campaign.[240] In 2011, he received UNESCO's Pyramide con Marni award for his charitable commitment to provide education for children, becoming the first Indian to win the accolade.[241]


Khan is one of the most decorated Bollywood actors.[48] He has received 14 Filmfare Awards from 30 nominations,[242][e] including eight for Best Actor; he is tied for the most in the category with Dilip Kumar.[143] Khan has won the Filmfare Best Actor award for Baazigar (1993), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Devdas (2002), Swades (2004), Chak De! India (2007) and My Name Is Khan (2010). At times, he has garnered as many as three of the five total Filmfare Best Actor nominations.[53] Although he has never won a National Film Award,[243] he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2005.[48] The Government of France has awarded him both the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2007),[244] and its highest civilian honour, the Légion d'honneur (2014)


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