Not interested in taking up a stereotypical role created for Asians in Hollywood, Bollywood’s superstar Shah Rukh Khan says ‘to get a role not specific to my colour or the way I speak or act is very difficult’.
He has been active in Hindi films for over two decades, has featured in more than 80 films and won the tag of ‘superstar’, but the 47-year-old has yet to find a suitable role in international films.
A hugely popular actor in many countries, one whose face has become synonymous with the huge draw of the Indian film industry, particularly the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry, King Khan feels he doesn’t have the USP to work in Hollywood. Asked what made him think so, he said: ‘I didn't talk in terms of fan following.’
‘I think the kind of role I would want to do in a Hollywood film is one that makes India proud. To get a role like that is not specific to my colour, or the way I speak, look or act or my age, it's very difficult,’ SRK said.
‘I mean you can't go to a big filmmaking world and say write a role for a 47-year-old actor who is brown, has hair like this, acts this way, dances a bit...the role should be something that Indians should be proud of. It’s too specific for me to have a USP.’ He however appreciated Indian faces who are doing well on the international arena.
‘There are a few young boys and girls, who are doing really well internationally, and I pray they make it big,’ he said.
Shah Rukh relishes and cherishes all the love and attention showered on him on the home turf and is set to woo his fans with Chennai Express. In fact, he is right now busy driving the buzz around the comedy drama, coming out Friday, his first film with new age master of comedies Rohit Shetty.
Sharing his experience of working with Shetty, Shah Rukh said: ‘Rohit is fantastically organised. He always delivers the best.’