SHAH RUKH KHAN Biography
Shah Rukh Khan is an Indian actor and an iconic figure of Bollywood. He also is a film producer with RED CHILLIES ENTERTAINMENT, a television personality and co-owner of a cricket team, KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS.
Shah Rukh Khan was born on 2 November 1965 in Delhi. Raised in a middle class muslim family, he studied economics and communication while incorporating Theater Action Group (TAG) in Delhi, led by the famous theater director, Barry John.
In the late 1980s, he began his career with TV appearances and got more and more important roles in series. In 1988, he played the lead role of soldier Abhimanyu Rai in Fauji. Then in 1989 he played in Circus of Aziz Mirza, which portrays the life of circus performers. The same year, Shah Rukh Khan played a small role in an English telefilm, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, based on college life in Delhi and written by Arundhati Roy.
In parallel, his personal life faced serious upheavals. He lost his two parents over a ten year interval (1981 and 1990). In 1984, he met Gauri Chibba, a punjabi Hindu from Delhi. After facing six years of objection by her parents, who were against the idea of a marriage to a muslim, who was an orphan and with no real job, they married on 25 October 1991 in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony.
They have 3 children, a son Aryan (born on 12 November 1997), a daughter Suhana (born on 22 May 2000) and another son Abram (born on 27 May 2013).
In 1991, he moved from Delhi to Mumbai to pursue a full-time career in Bollywood, and quickly signed up four films, included Deewana in 1992 (his first release), which offered himhis firstcritical success, earning him the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for his performance.
Then he continued with an intensive programme of filming, with 4 movies per year on average. In 1993, his significant movies were Baazigar and Darr, in which he played the role of an anti-hero, marking a new step. He got his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor with his performance in Baazigar.
His collaboration with two most influential producers, Aditya and Yash Chopra, and his role beside the actress Kajol, one of the most popular couple on screen, have definitely changed his status: Shah Rukh Khan became King Khan.
Taking care to alternate roles, his popularity increased. He switched from characters of romantic lover, which ensured him local fame (Dil To Pagal Hai in 1997 or Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998), to characters less admitted, for Western audiences (Dil Se rewarded in Berlin in 1998), so to spread his popularity worldwide.
After the failure of his first movie produced by his all new production company DREAMZ UNLIMITED, in association with Juhi Chawla and Aziz Mirza, he came back with an international hit in 2001, Kabhi Khushi Khabie Gham, announcing the new wave of Indian cinema.
His involvement in the export and recognition of Bollywood cinema abroad is important. With Devdas (2002), he portrayed with Aishwarya Rai a perfect glamourous couple for Western audiences. This success was also due to the selection of the movie for the Cannes Film Festival, highlighting this new genre which combined the magnificence of the sets and typical Bollywood choreography.
Aware of the importance of publicity and its profitability, Shah Rukh Khan is the first Indian actor to get into advertising, increasing his image and allowing once again Indian cinema to go into a new era.
He put an end to his production company in 2003, after three failures, and began a spectacular world live tour, with his famous choreography.
He returned again to the challenge of production with his company RED CHILLIES ENTERTAINMENT in 2004, which now includes a state-of-the-art VFX department, RED CHILLIES VFX.
With worldwide recognition, he continued in this direction, choosing more often films targeting a world audience. (Kal Ho Naa Ho, Swades, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Om Shanti Om or Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.)
With My Name is Khan (2010), a movie set in USA, in pursuing his choice of less typical roles and distributed worldwide, Shah Rukh Khan asserts his recognition.
2011 is the most intensive year in terms of personal and financial investments, with Ra.One, the most ambitious project of his career, directed by Anubhav Sinha. He followed a special training to play the role of his super hero G.One, making his own stunts. Ra.One is the first science-fiction Indian movie shown internationally.
The release of Don 2 at the end of 2011, directed by Farhan Akhtar, allows Shah Rukh Khan to come back to the negative role in which he excels. This sequel of Don (2006) aroused a global and unanimous interest and has been acclaimed by critics for the script, the direction as well as the charismatic performance of Shah Rukh Khan.
2012 was the come back to a more romantic role for Shah Rukh Khan. He worked again with the director Yash Chopra, 8 years after his last movie Veer Zaara, with Jab Tak Hai Jaan. But the movie was marked with the death of Mr Yash Chopra, 3 weeks before the release.
In 2013, Shah Rukh Khan worked for the first time with the director Rohit Shetty, and the movie Chennai Express, mixing comedy and action, broke all the records of Indian box-office, becoming the biggest blockbuster of all time.
With Happy New Year in 2014, and a cast of several stars, like Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani and Sonu Sood, Shah Rukh Khan worked again with the famous director Farah Khan, with whom he had worked in Main Hoon Na (2004) and Om Shanti Om (2007). All the cast had promoted the movie in an original way with the SLAM Tour, and several live concerts in USA, Canada and UK.
It should be noted that in addition to his acting career, Shah Rukh Khan became in 2008 the owner of the cricket team, KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS (KKR), along with the actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jai Mehta. KKR have already been IPL(Indian Premiere League) champions twice, in 2012 and 2014.
Definitely, nothing will stop Shah Rukh Khan…
Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most decorated Bollywood actors. He has received 12 Filmfare Awards for his work in Indian cinema, including 8 for best actor (Baazigar 1993, DDLJ 1995, Dil To Pagal Hai 1997, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai 1998, Devdas 2002, Swades 2005, Chak De India 2007 and My Name is Khan 2010)
In 2005, the Indian government honoured him with the Padma Shri for his contribution to Indian cinema. The Government of France has awarded him both the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2008), and its highest civilian honour, the Légion d’Honneur (2014).
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