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New Delhi, Aug 4 : A Delhi boy, who once dreamt of becoming an actor, is today regarded as the ‘King of Romance’ in Indian cinema. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who feels his achievements are beyond anyone’s dreams, says he never imagined that one day his name will become an “adjective” and that he is not in a delusion about stardom.
Shah Rukh, one of the highest earning actors in the world, recounts emotionally when he first touched down in Mumbai to try his luck in showbiz at the age of 25. Interestingly, the 51-year-old has now completed the same number of years in Hindi filmdom as his debut film “Deewana” clocked a silver anniversary in June.
“I am not showing off, but whatever I have achieved or whatever I have received in all these years, I don’t think anybody can think about that in dreams,” Shah Rukh told IANS in an interview here.
As a youngster, he had “small dreams and wishes” like buying a home and a car, but Shah Rukh says he later realised that his dreams had gone “beyond” his imagination.
“I had never thought of being what I am today… like people say ‘legendary’, ‘mythical’ or ‘The Shah Rukh Khan’ kind of a feeling. I never thought that my name would become an adjective, which people will use to describe things — ‘Shah Rukh kind of boy’, ‘Shah Rukh kind of romance’.
“I have gone through a lot of things which I think I don’t even deserve, or maybe I got appreciation for other people’s hard work,” added Shah Rukh, who has been appreciated for films like “Darr”, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Dil To Pagal Hai”, “Swades”, “Chak De! India”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Mohabbatein” and “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” and “My Name Is Khan”.
The “Baadshah of Bollywood”, who was here to promote his latest release “Jab Harry Met Sejal”, says his experiences in showbiz have given him the virtue of patience.
“I’ve learnt to be patient at good and even bad times. I don’t get carried away by good things, nor do I get impatient or worried about bad things.
“Also, each passing year I get a feeling that I know less acting. Every time I am playing a character, I get a feeling that I know less. It’s like when you start studying the first chapter, you feel I have learnt everything… But when time passes, you realise there is a lot more to it than what you thought.
“In 25 years, every time when I’ve acted, I have got to understand how little I know about it,” he added.
So, what’s the secret of his longevity in Bollywood?
Shah Rukh, flashing his charming smile, said: “I’m not overconfident about what I do and I think that’s the secret of my longevity.”
He says people come to watch his films with a lot of trust, and he feels it’s his “responsibility” to maintain that trust for all the stardom and fandom he enjoys.
However, he knows it’s not forever.
“If you are an actor, stardom becomes a part of your life and your family. You get so used to it, that you feel, it is my inheritance and ‘I deserved it since childhood’, and that nobody can take it away from you. Obviously, that’s not true.
“It will come to an end one day, but it’s very difficult to think the other way… I never think of it being taken away by somebody else or thinking do I have to sustain it.
“Stardom is like a child in a toy store or in a Disneyland. If you tell the child, ‘Listen, this place will be closed at 7’, he will not think that… He will feel everything there belongs to him and this is his life.
“This (film world) is the toy store that I was born for, so I believe that. Stardom never affected my vision as actor. I was always a very brave actor. It has only made me braver because being brave when you have nothing to lose is one thing, but being brave when you have everything to lose, is a bigger achievement.
“I try to do that as often as I can.” (Interviewed by Sandeep Sharma of IANS)
The Centre on Wednesday directed all Union Ministries and Departments to clear Air India's dues immediately. An office memorandum from the Finance Ministry's Department of Expenditure said: "Recently, the Government of India has decided to disinvest Air India, and the process of disinvestment of Air India and Air India Express is ongoing.""Air India has stopped extending credit facilities on account of purchase of air tickets. Therefore, all Ministries or Departments are directed to clear Air India's dues immediately." "Air tickets from Air India may be purchased in cash till further instructions."
In 2009, the Centre had mandated that Central government officers travel via Air India for all official purposes including availing of LTC. On Monday, conglomerate Tata Group entered into a share purchase agreement with the Central government for buying out the latter's stake in national carrier Air India, Air India Express, and AISATS.
Earlier, a Letter of Intent was issued to the Tata Group. After the SPA, Tata Group would need to fulfill the conditions precedent in the agreement before taking over the airline. The rest of the transaction is expected to be completed by December.
Tata Sons' subsidiary Talace emerged as the highest bidder for the national carrier under the divestment process. Talace had quoted an enterprise value of Rs 18,000 crore for 100 per cent equity shareholding of the Centre in Air India along with that of Air India Express and AISATS. (IANS/ MBI)
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It is indeed good news that the book showcasing the wisdom of India in the eyes of Western intellectuals is getting due recognition and appreciation from other states and abroad. After Karnataka and Punjab, the Government of Assam has recently consented to translate the research-based book by Shillong-based author - Shri Salil Gewali titled "Great Minds on India". The Chief Minister of Assam - Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma was amazed to know that so many top western scientists and philosophers have drawn a considerable amount of inspiration from ancient scriptures of India, particularly in the studies of modern physics, linguistic and astronomy. In the recent meeting with the author, the Chief Minister had highly appreciated Gewali's book and promised to read it thoroughly. Gewali's book was also approved for translation in the year 2020 by the former Chief Minister – Shri Sarbananda Sonowal but due to COVID-19, the translation work was delayed.
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Furthermore, the two scholars from Canada --- Dr Hema Murty -- Air Space Engineer at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Harsh H Thakkar of Sheridan College of Brampton, Ontario have sought permission from Mr. Gewali for the translation of 'Great Minds on India' into the Sanskrit language. After the translation, the Sanskrit edition will be published and circulated and utilized by Samskrita Bharati of Canada, besides its other branches in India, USA and UK. Gewali says that the book that has been praised by countless scholars and publication by the Government of Karnataka and Punjab has so far been translated into thirteen languages, including German.
'Great Minds of India' by Salil Gewali is an impressive compact book discussing the power that Indian ancient wisdomFile
A university scholar from Winchester, United Kingdom - Ms. Janet Murphy remarks:
" 'Great Minds of India' by Salil Gewali is an impressive compact book discussing the power that Indian ancient wisdom, thought and way of life had an impact on western minds, especially those who are of great historical significance, such as Voltaire, Albert Einstein, Ralph Emerson, Julius Robert Oppenheimer, Mark Twain, HG Wells et al. It is hoped all right-thinking scholars will find Gewali's work extremely applaudable."