The Baadshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan is one of the few actors counted among the top rung of global achievers at the highest level and if one were to attribute his super success to the tutelage of Barry John it won’t be an understatement.
But the man himself, i.e. Barry John does not want to take any credit for creating King Khan.
On the sidelines of the Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai, John said, "I didn't create Shah Rukh Khan and I take no credit for that."
On being asked the reason for saying so Barry said, "It's a fact. We came together, we worked in theatre together for a while. It was mostly enjoyable and beneficial to both of us. But then he moved on, he is on another planet now. I don't have any communication with him."
Apart from Shah Rukh, Barry has taught several Bollywood stars like Manoj Bajpayee, Frieda Pinto, Richa Chadha, Arjun Kapoor, and Varun Dhawan among others.
Barry feels that the young actors today have different aspirations but he sees nothing wrong with that.
When asked if the aspiration to attain stardom can corrupt good actors, Barry says, "It's a necessary evil" but it should not overshadow other aspects of filmmaking.