A star was born 53 years ago. A superstar that illuminated such brilliance the country today stands tall with pride - Shah Rukh Khan. The bearer of prestigious awards - Best Indian Citizen Award, Padma Shri by the Government of India, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Légion d'honneur by the Government of France, Global Diversity Award by the British House of Common, Goodwill ambassador by the Government of South Korea, to name a few. The world’s second richest actor, by means and by heart, has never failed to impress people worldwide by his exquisite compassion and versatile acting. The one who stands for the support of equality, an excellent orator and a pandora of profound inspiration, SRK!
The tag of Bollywood’s Badshah comes for a reason. Started from scrap, now one among the leading men in the industry, SRK achieved great fame and recognition over the years in his Bollywood career. Attached with the many honoury badges, the man is a living dream for many.
Shah Rukh is a people’s star. His exemplary social work has benefitted many across the globe. Heading the Meer Foundation, the actor in 2012 has adopted 12 villages and till date takes care of all the people. The Zero actor has built a special department for Cancer and Children ward in Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, in fond memory of his mother, who died battling cancer. Along with his own Non-profit organisation, Shah Rukh works closely with Make a Wish Foundation, Sankara Nehtralaya, Smile Foundation, among others, that strives to fulfill the wishes of the country.
His deeds for the underprivileged and the marginalised has remained the heart and soul of Shah Rukh’s charismatic personality. His Meer Foundation extensively works towards empowering women subjected to acid violence. The organisation undertakes many several on-field projects, to create awareness among the masses and educate the survivors to stand with pristine strength and every bit of potential. The foundation constantly functions to tap into the bravery, warmth, and optimism that exists within us all.
Along with the never-ending list of charitable works that he continues to do, Shah Rukh possesses a soft corner towards sports. Being a sports enthusiast himself, the actor has shown his support towards it, in every possible way. In a recent send-off ceremony, organised to honour the Indian Para-athletes who represented the country at the Asian Para Games 2018, the Chak De! India actor gave his heartfelt gratitude to the athletes.
The superstar, speaking at the event, charmed and motivated everyone. The actor, however, said that he was present for his own selfish reasons so that he could gain some motivation from these sportsmen. He even recalled his dreams of becoming a sportsperson himself.
SRK revealed that he used to take part in hockey, cricket, football, as well as athletic tournaments while trying to fit into any sports possible. Shah Rukh lauded the athletes for their profession. According to him, sports is a profession that makes everyone realise that they need to overcome their weaknesses and aim for the impossible.
Shah Rukh’s journey from a commoner to a superstar has been quite fascinating, as he landed in the show-biz industry without any so-called godfathers’ hands. The Raees actor, in his many miraculous speeches, hinted that whatever he is today, it is the struggle that he wore as an honoured badge. Speaking at an event, SRK quoted, “I consider myself to be an average talented actor. But I know how to struggle. I work hard, not once but repeatedly. If my movie is to launch on Friday morning, I keep up with the work till Thursday night. Once the movie is launched, I do not sit back for the reviews. When the movie is a hit, I do not stop working to garner appreciation, and if the movie fails to deliver its impact, I still do not wait for the negative comments to take a toll on me".
Shah Rukh’s words could strike right through the heart. “We, as humans, are never complete. We remain incomplete, be it physically, mentally, or emotionally. It is not our fault, God has made us such. He has sent us to this beautiful land to complete ourselves, embrace our incompleteness and mend our life in the most exquisite manner,” said the brilliant actor, but an even better human being.
Connected to his soil, his family, his country, his friends, and to his millions of fans across the globe, Shah Rukh continues to bring optimism and courage through his words and deeds.
Happy Birthday Shah Rukh Khan!