A Delhi boy, who once dreamt of becoming an actor, is today regarded as the 'King of Romance' in Indian cinema. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who feels his achievements are beyond anyone's dreams, says he never imagined that one day his name will become an "adjective" and that he is not in a delusion about stardom.
Interestingly, the 51-year-old has now completed the same number of years in Hindi filmdom as his debut film Deewana clocked a silver anniversary in June.
Shah Rukh, one of the highest earning actors in the world, recounts emotionally when he first touched down in Mumbai to try his luck in showbiz at the age of 25.
"I am not showing off, but whatever I have achieved or whatever I have received in all these years, I don't think anybody can think about that in dreams," said Shah Rukh.
As a youngster, he had "small dreams and wishes" like buying a home and a car, but Shah Rukh says he later realised that his dreams had gone "beyond" his imagination.
"I had never thought of being what I am today... like people say 'legendary', 'mythical' or 'The Shah Rukh Khan' kind of a feeling. I never thought that my name would become an adjective, which people will use to describe things -- ‘Shah Rukh kind of boy', ‘Shah Rukh kind of romance'.
"I have gone through a lot of things which I think I don't even deserve, or maybe I got appreciation for other people's hard work," added Shah Rukh, who has been appreciated for films like Darr, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai, Swades, Chak De! India, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and My Name Is Khan.
The Baadshah of Bollywood, who was here to promote his latest release Jab Harry Met Sejal, says his experiences in showbiz have given him the virtue of patience.
"I've learnt to be patient at good and even bad times. I don't get carried away by good things, nor do I get impatient or worried about bad things. —News18