Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has revealed that before he joined the filmdom, he felt he looked like Bollywood actor Kumar Gaurav but at a later stage thought his looks matched that of Hollywood veteran Al Pacino’s.
In his upcoming film “Fan”, Khan will be seen playing two roles, one of a superstar Aryan Khanna and his fan Gaurav, who comes across as his lookalike.
“Initially I used to feel I look like Kumar Gaurav (son of Rajendra Kumar)...He was the first star I wanted to meet. I was happy that I looked like someone good like him (Kumar Gaurav). Then after some point, I felt I looked like Al Pacino (an American actor),” Khan told reporters here at the trailer launch of “Fan”.
“Now at the age of 50, I feel I look like my father. I am hopeful a time will come when I would feel I look like myself,” he said. “Fan” is the story of Gaurav (Khan) a young man, whose world revolves around superstar Aryan Khanna (Khan) or God as he refers to him.
From the bylanes of Delhi, young Gaurav embarks on a journey to the city of dreams, Mumbai, in order to wish his God on his birthday. But when things don’t go according to plan, Gaurav’s love and passion for the superstar turns into a dangerous obsession.
When asked about playing a psychotic obsessive role like “Darr” again in “Fan”, SRK said, “No not really... The role (of Gaurav) is different from what one saw me doing in ‘Darr’, ‘Baazigar’. These are anti-hero.” “In this film, he is not a psychotic lover. It’s the story of a young boy and his love for a superstar,” he said.
The “Chak De India” star feels it is not right on his part to dictate or tell his fans how they should be. “A fan can be like Devdas, Rahul or Gaurav (referring to his popular roles). They have their own way of expressing... At times it is so much. I just don’t want them to write letter with blood. Today we have email system and social media,” he said. “I am a fan of films. I enjoy being in this space. I remember my first fans were two ladies... I was in Delhi and they looked at me and yelled Abhimanyu Rai. I am thankful to them for making me feel like that,” he added.
In real life, if Khan comes across a fan like Gaurav, he said he would sit and make him understand. SRK’s admirers were seen in large numbers at the film’s trailer launch.
“Today is February 29 and this date comes once in four years. For the first time Yash Raj Films (producers) allowed fans in their studio. Adi (producer Aditya Chopra) did this as he loves me and he knows I love my fans a lot,” the ‘Dilwale’ star said.
Special arrangements were made for the trailer launch like an audio-visual sensor, fan-o-meter that detected the highest level of the sound (referring to people cheering at the venue), after which the trailer was launched. Khan is thankful to his fans for being with him.
“Whenever I am happy, sad I look upto you. I thank you all for making me the star that I am today,” he said. “I feel a fan... Admirer should always take up good things. Like take up good things from Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Sania Mirza,” he adds.
Before the trailer launch, SRK recited popular dialogues from his films like “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Devdas”, “Don” and “Fan”. Directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra, “Fan” releases on April 15.