Mahesh Babu’s controversial statement about his reasons for not working with Bollywood has sparked heated debate in both the B-town and south industries. While some applaud his decision, many people are mocking him for being arrogant and egoistic. 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 questioned about his Hindi debut while speaking with the Telugu media during the promotion of the upcoming film Sarkaru Vaari Paata. Replying to this he had said, “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 working in an industry which can’t afford me. The stardom and the respect I get here [in the South] is huge, so I never really thought of leaving my industry and going to some other industry. I have always thought of doing films and becoming bigger. My dream is coming true now and I can’t be happier.”
Many Bollywood stars and fans were outraged by Mahesh Babu’s remark. In the midst of all of this, an old video of Shah Rukh Khan interacting with the media is doing the rounds on Reddit. The video shows SRK respectfully responding to a journalist’s question on his Hollywood debut.
The video starts with a reporter asking, “Mr Shah Rukh Khan, you’re the greatest Bollywood star but what about Hollywood?.. Have you ever planned to work in the dream factory? To this question, 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.”