Shah Rukh Khan: An arrogant actor but a humble star

Shah Rukh Khan: An arrogant actor but a humble star

"Despite being a superstar, Shah Rukh Khan always held the door for a female employee", is one of the facts his ex-employee revealed.

By Curated by Nilanjana Gupta

Published: Sat 3 Sep 2016, 11:54 AM

Last updated: Sun 4 Sep 2016, 1:38 AM

Shah Rukh Khan's real life is as good as a film script. Nothing quite catches the frenzy of Bollywood fans as much as gossip about the king of Bollywood.
Handling stardom is not everyone's cup of tea. But Shah Rukh seems to be doing it like a boss. In words of his ardent fan, "Shah Rukh Khan's life stories cannot be described by one adjective - they are inspiring, funny, sad, realistic, honest, humbling and lovable - all at the same time. He is a man who is unapologetically himself. He is a man who is an arrogant actor but a humble star. His real life is as good as a film script. May his film never end, and we hope kindness and love never leave your side."
The actor has recently been filling up the media space with his heart warming stories of chivalry and generosity off camera. Thanks to his ex-employee who made some surprising revelations about SRK's personal life.
A question was posted on quora about the character of Shah Rukh Khan in his private space. The ex-employee who reportedly still works in the same industry, didn't wish to reveal her identity. The post has been widely shared on social media and has set celeb gossip mills abuzz. Here are some of the quotes that speak volumes about the king of hearts.
1. Perfect gentleman
"He's a superstar of the highest order & this is the 21st Century, but he would still always open the door for an average female employee like me & let me pass first."
2. People's person
"Every morning when he leaves in his car, he knows a few fans will be waiting outside the gates. But he never pulls up the blinds to hide away from them."
3. Acts of kindness
"He has a special department for charities. This small department handles all his charitable work & make sure there is no delay/problem while providing any goods/payments promised under SRK's name. They also frequently comb through his Twitter mentions to check for anyone reaching out for help. Also, this team doesn't have a PR/MR manager & thus their activities are hardly ever revealed to the media."
4. A complete family man
"He's a dedicated family man. We weren't allowed to cancel or shift his 'family time' on his schedule unless absolutely necessary & without asking him first. Whenever his children were in India, a part of the day was dedicated to them & we weren't allowed to contact him directly regarding work during that time."
 5. His weakness is Chhole Bhature
"We Delhiites are suckers for Sita Ram Diwan Chand ke Chhole Bhature. I had once brought 2 packed plates of it for myself when I came back to Mumbai from Delhi. He heard me childishly bragging about it in the corridor & told me to inform him when I was having lunch. He said he hasn't had them in so long & was craving for a bite. I thought he was joking because he frequently made these Delhi-reference jokes with me as I was his only home-office employee from Delhi. But he wasn't joking! He actually came to the cafeteria during my lunch break, sat across the table & had all my Chole Bhature!"
6. Humble and forgiving
"I once accidentally ran my pen over his jacket worth 11-freaking-lacs! His assistant was ready to rip my throat open, but he said it's ok. He gave me side hug from one arm, ruffled my hair, & asked me to be more careful in the future."
7. Witty on screen, witty off screen
"Since he doesn't have to worry about offending anyone when cameras aren't around, he's very very funny. And he has a very sarcastic & witty sense of humor. Like Chandler but with oodles of charm. I remember thinking he could have been a crazy successful stand-up comedian if he wasn't an actor."
8. Sportsman's spirit
"Just like I don't think Virat Kohli is overtly aggressive, he's just the right amount of aggressive for a sportsman. It isn't even aggression as much as passion. Maybe it's a Delhi thing. We are very passionate & expressive of our emotions, be it love or anger, but that hardly ever manifests to hate."
9. Busy and productive
"He is not in India for the most part of the year, much less Mumbai, but he was always awake & around no matter what time I reported for work. I don't know if he ever even sleeps or not. We changed our shifts to accompany him, but he was always there. Not to forget, he is always abreast in every major decision-making of his businesses."
10. Well-informed
"Not only is SRK well educated, he is always updated on the latest news. Every morning 3 sets of 3 different newspapers are kept ready for him in his study, office, & car. He is also constantly checking updates on his tab while traveling etc. It's rare in an incestuous industry like Indian films, with few other possible exceptions. He also is a frequent reader of e-books, & I often saw him reading biographies & poetry."
11. Friends for life
"A lot of his childhood friends are still like family to him, and either hold high positions in Red Chillies or SRK is an investor in their businesses."
12. Running late but always running
"No matter what time he starts the day, he's always exactly 2 hours late for everything. But in his defense, it's not usually because he was resting in his van or woke up late. He is constantly working, hopping from one commitment to another. A 24-hour long day isn't enough for the amount of work he gets done in a day."
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