Mumbai: Shah Rukh Khan’s life-story is an inspiration for many. From being an unknown face in the crowd of wannabe actors, he has come a long way and is now called the ‘Baadshah of Bollywood’. But the superstar feels that he was stupid when he was younger.
“When I was young I was even more stupid than I am now. I was very self-absorbed and I really thought I was fantastic - I went as far as writing a song called I`m The Best. It sounds pompous to think of it now, but at that point I really thought I couldn`t fail. I`d lost my parents, I didn`t have a home, I couldn`t go any lower,” he wrote in a magazine.
“So I tackled the world head-on. When you have nothing to lose it means there`s everything to win,” he added.
He also wrote that hid children are his biggest critics. "They`re my harshest critics. They`re honest and say things like, `That`s no good; you can do better.` If you appeal to their honesty, I think you can be a very good actor," he added.
SRK also revealed that he never thought he would be an actor. "I wanted to be a footballer, but I got injured, and because I had nothing to do in the evenings I started work on a play. Suddenly my life`s timetable changed, and I began doing theatre; then television came to India, so I did a TV series that did very well. After doing a degree in economics, I went to film school, then went to Mumbai for a year. Just for a laugh and a change of scene, I moved into acting in films."
Talking about the formula of winning, the ace actor wrote, "Life is not about putting everything into place and planning the last detail. No doubt it`ll work fine for you, but it won`t bring magical success."
“I never had a house when I started off, but because I was educated I was able to do a lot. It`s nice to have a rags-to-riches story if you become successful. If your story isn`t that, then nobody likes it. But I`m proud that I now have a house that I`ve provided for my children. I know it sounds a small thing but it means a lot to me," SRK added.