'May become lonely and sad if I turn director'

Mumbai: As a star, Shah Rukh Khan says he is reclusive and happy, but the actor believes if he ever turns to direction he will become lonely and sad.

The actor, 54, said directing films is the "singular most lonely job". "Here you are kind of playing God, you are making a film, you are telling actors how to act, choosing the dialogues, making the script, selling it to the audience, editing it in dark rooms... When the film comes out you are all alone in the success and failure of it. I think being a director is an extremely lonely job," Shah Rukh said in an interview with BBC journalist and Talking Movies host Tom Brook

"I always worry that if I become a director I will genuinely get lonely and more and more removed from the regular way of living. Being a star already has made me a very reclusive or quieter or in own space. Right now I feel alone and happy. If I become a director I may become lonely and sad," he added.

The actor, however, is a huge Christopher Nolan fan, and would like to direct an action movie. "I would like to direct an action film. I want to grow up and be Christopher Nolan. But I don't know if I have the gumption. The big problem with me is I don't know when to say ok. And the director's big job is a roll, camera, action, cut, ok. I don't know how to say ok. I feel it can be better or was it good enough. So I am a little wary of being a director."

The actor addressed his self-imposed sabbatical saying, he is taking his time to decide on his next project and it will be quite a "comedown" if that film doesn't turn out well.

"I am getting better skin, I don't know if I will get better film or not," he quipped.

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