Mahesh Babu’s controversial statement on why he won’t work in Bollywood has sparked heated debate in both the B-town and south industries. While some applaud his decision, others accuse him of being egotistical and arrogant. In the midst of all of this, a video of Shah Rukh Khan’s valiant response to a question has gone popular on the internet.
For the uninitiated, Mahesh Babu was asked about his Hindi debut while speaking with the Telugu media during the promotion of his next film Sarkaru Vaari Paata.
“I did get a lot of offers in Hindi, but I don’t think they can afford me.
I don’t want to waste my time in a field that cannot support me. I never considered quitting my industry and entering another because of the celebrity and respect I have here [in the South]. I’ve always wanted to make movies and becoming famous. My dream is now becoming a reality, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Many Bollywood stars and fans were angered by Mahesh Babu’s remark. In the midst of all of this, an old video of Shah Rukh Khan interacting with the media is circulating on Reddit. The video shows SRK graciously answering a reporter’s query on his Hollywood debut.
“Mr Shah Rukh Khan, you’re the greatest Bollywood celebrity, but what about Hollywood?” a reporter asks in the video. Have you considered working in the dream factory? To this inquiry,
SRK replied, ” My English is not good. If they give me a role of a dumb person who doesn’t speak maybe…” The actor further continued, “I mean I’m not trying to be modest but I think, I’m 42 years old, I’m a little brown, I don’t have any special USPs as an actor, I don’t have any speciality as an actor, I don’t know kung-fu, I don’t dance the Latin salsa, I’m not tall enough. I think anyone my age in the western world, I’ve seen some of the recent films in Europe, I have also seen a lot of the films of what you call the dream factory. I think there is no space for me, there is no place for me because I don’t think I’m that talented. I would like to continue to work in India and hopefully take Indian cinema to the world. That’s the ambition I have.”
He’s such a gentleman, isn’t he?
Which response from Mahesh Babu or Shah Rukh Khan did you find most satisfying? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.