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'Why should I compare Raees's collections to Dangal or Sultan?'

January 31, 2017 14:51 IST

'I am acting and producing films, what more do you want me to do? If I do everything, I will die.'

'I don't know that job (politics), I don't want to do learn or do it. For the last time, I am a hero, an actor. It has been 25 years proving I am an actor.'

Shah Rukh Khan sets the record straight.

IMAGE: Shah Rukh Khan. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar.

Shah Rukh Khan is already celebrating the success of his new film Raees.

He held a success party for the film at Mumbai's JW Marriott hotel, and arrived in a jeep just like he does in the movie.

The film had been stalled for a year before it saw its big release on January 25, alongside the Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kaabil.

"It's been two and a half years since (producer) Ritesh Sidhwani and (director) Rahul Dholakia came to with Raees. I am happy it has released well and that everybody has liked it," Shah Rukh said.

IMAGE: Shah Rukh Khan's grand entry with Sunny Leone and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar.

So where has Shah Rukh learnt his successful business strategies, like he sings in the Raees song, Dhande Ka Dhiganna?

"This we have learnt from this Sindhi papad," Shah Rukh says with a laugh, pointing at Ritesh Sidhwani. "He is our businessman. I don't know business; I have just made the film. He has done the business part of it."

Ritesh promptly replied there's no better businessman than Shah Rukh.

"Yes, I don't know acting, I only know how to do business," SRK quipped.

Shah Rukh then went on to give out the message from the film: "The idea of business in this film is do whatever is good for the business but don't harm anyone in the process. We should apply that in our lives too."

 

IMAGE: Cinematographer K U Mohanan, director Rahul Dholakia, producer Ritesh Sidhwani, Shah Rukh Khan, Sunny Leone and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar.

Talking about box office comparisons to other movies, Shah Rukh said, "Every film has its own business. We can't start comparing. It is not right to measure all the films in the same way. But having said that, this film has its own business and at this point of time, it is better than what we had imagined. Why should I compare it with the last big hit like Dangal or Sultan, which are much bigger hits than perhaps this film can ever be? We know that. We know this film has a limit and it can't go beyond that."

IMAGE: Shah Rukh Khan and Sunny Leone help Nawaz show off his dance move as Ritesh watches. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Nawazuddin Siddiqui joined Shah Rukh and Sunny Leone on stage and danced to show off his entry in the film. He later added that one dance step required a lot of rehearsals!

Incidentally, his camaradiere with Shah Rukh was fun to watch.

SPOILER ALERT!

When Nawaz was asked how he felt killing him on screen, he said, "I felt very bad."

Shah Rukh promptly replied, "It did not feel like he was feeling bad. I told him many times Nawaz bhai, thoda dookhi dikhna but he said no."

Nawaz then said, "I felt bad because just before shooting him, he was on another level. It was a great moment and I wanted to see him like that for some more time. I shot him earlier (than I wanted to)."

IMAGE: Shah Rukh Khan, Sunny Leone and Nawazuddin SiddiquiPhotograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Sunny Leone relived the moment when she got a call from Excel Entertainment to work on the film with Shah Rukh Khan.

Read more about it here: 'Are you sure they called the right Sunny?'

Sunny added that Laila Mein Laila was a cult song. "I was lucky because they changed the song a little bit and made it more peppy. It had grand sets. There were such amazing moments between Shah Rukh and me. I was emotional when I saw the video for the first time."

Shah Rukh abruptly cut her off and said, "Enough of my praise. All of us wanted you in this song!"

Unfortunately for him, he had to be serious in the song, as it leads to a fight. "I wanted to leave the fighting and just dance to the song with Sunny!" he claimed.

 

IMAGE: Shah Rukh Khan celebrates the success of Raees. Photograph: Afsar Dayatar

Shah Rukh's Raees is a don, who becomes a politician. Will he ever join politics in real life?

"I am acting and producing films, what more do you want me to do? If I do everything, I will die," Shah Rukh said, sounding irritated. "I don't know that job, I don't want to do learn or do it. For the last time, I am a hero, an actor. It has been 25 years proving I am an actor."

Patcy N / Rediff.com in Mumbai