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Shahrukh Khan
Born November 2, 1965 (1965-11-02) (age 42)
Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Other name(s) Shah Rukh Khan
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 1988-present
Spouse(s) Gauri Khan
Children Aryan Khan
Suhana Khan

Shahrukh Khan (Hindi: शाहरुख़ ख़ान, Urdu: شاہ رخ خان), born 2 November 1965, is a highly acclaimed Indian actor who works in Bollywood films, as well as film producer and television host.

Khan started out his career appearing in several television serials in the late 1980s. He made his film debut with the commercially successful Deewana (1992). Since then, he has been part of numerous commercial successes, as well as delivering a variety of critically acclaimed performances. During his career years, he has won seven Filmfare Best Actor Awards, and has had significant box office success, with films like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Om Shanti Om (2007) being some of Bollywood's biggest hits, while films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Veer Zaara (2004) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) are the biggest Bollywood hits in the overseas market. Since 2000, Khan branched out into film production and television presenting as well. He is also the owner of the Kolkata Twenty20 franchise in the Indian Premier League.

[edit] Biography

Khan was born to Muslim parents of Pathan ethnicity.[1][2] His father Taj Mohammed Khan Tanoli was a freedom activist. His mother Lateef Fatima was the adopted daughter of Major General Shah Nawaz Khan of the Janjua Rajput clan, who served as a General in the Indian National Army of Subash Chandra Bose.[3]

Khan's father came to Gurgaon from Qissa Kahani Bazaar in Peshawar before the Partition of India,[4] while his mother's family came from Rawalpindi, also in present-day Pakistan.[5] Khan has an elder sister named Shehnaz.[6] Khan attended St. Columba's School where he was accomplished in sports, drama and academics. He won the Sword of Honour, an annual award bequeathed to the student who embodies most the spirit of the school. He later attended the Hansraj College (1985-1988) to earn an Honors degree in Economics. After this, he studied for a Masters Degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia.[7]

After the death of his parents, Khan moved from Gurgaon to Mumbai in 1991.[8] In that same year, he married Gauri Khan in a Hindu wedding ceremony.[9] They have two children, son Aryan (b. 1997) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000).

In 2005, Nasreen Munni Kabir produced a two-part documentary on Khan, titled The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan. Featuring his 2004 Temptations concert tour, the film contrasted Khan's inner world of family and daily life with the outer world of his work. The book Still Reading Khan, which details his family life, was released in 2006. Another book by Anupama Chopra, "King of Bollywood: Shahrukh Khan and the seductive world of Indian cinema", was released in 2007. This book described the world of Bollywood through Khan's life.

Khan's life-size wax statue is available in Madame Tussauds wax museum, London, installed in April 2007.[10] Khan has been chosen for the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of the Arts and Literature) award of the French government for his “exceptional career”.[11]

[edit] Career

[edit] As Actor

Khan studied acting under celebrated Theatre Director Barry John at Delhi's Theatre Action Group (TAG). In 2007, John commented thus on his former pupil:

The credit for the phenomenally successful development and management of Shah Rukh's career goes to the superstar himself.[12]

Khan made his acting debut in 1988 when he appeared in the television series, Fauji, playing the role of Commando Abhimanyu Rai.[13] He went on to appear in several other television serials, appearing most notably in the 1989 serial, Circus[14] (directed by Aziz Mirza), which depicted the life of circus performers. The same year, Khan also had a minor role in the made-for-television English-language film, In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones, which was based on life at Delhi University and was written by Arundhati Roy.

After the death of his parents, Khan moved from Gurgaon to Mumbai in 1991.[15] He made his Bollywood movie debut in Deewana (1992). The movie was a box office hit, and launched his career in Bollywood.[16] His performance won him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. His second movie, Maya Memsaab, generated some controversy because of his appearance in an "explicit" sex scene in the movie.[17]

In 1993, Khan won acclaim for his performances as a murderer and an obsessive lover, respectively, in the box office hits, Baazigar and Darr. He won his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in Baazigar. His role as a young musician in Kundan Shah's Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa earned him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. In 1994, Khan once again played an obsessive lover/psycho's role in Anjaam. Though the movie was not a box office success, Khan's performance earned him the Filmfare Best Villain Award.

In 1995, Khan starred in Aditya Chopra's directorial debut Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a critical and commercial success,[18] which entered its twelfth year in 2007 in Mumbai theaters. By then the movie had grossed over 12 billion rupees, making it as one of the biggest movie blockbusters.[19]

1996 was a disappointing year for Khan as all his movies released that year failed to do well at the box office.[20] His first 1997 release, Yash Chopra's Dil to Pagal Hai, however, became that year's second highest grossing movie.[21] Earlier that year, he saw success with Subhash Ghai's Pardes -- one of the biggest hits of the year-- and Aziz Mirza's Yes Boss.[21]

In 1998, Khan starred in Karan Johar's directoial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which was the biggest hit of the year.[22] His performance won him his fourth Best Actor award at the Filmfare. He won critical praise for his performance in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se. This movie did not do well at the Indian box office, but was a commercial success overseas.[23] Khan's only release in 1999, Baadshah, was an average grosser.[24]

In 2000, Khan starred in Aditya Chopra's second film, Mohabbatein, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan. The film did well at the box office, and Khan's performance won him his second Critics Award for Best Performance at the Filmfare. He also starred in Mansoor Khan's Josh, which was also a box office success. [25] In that same year, Khan set up his own production house, Dreamz Unlimited with Juhi Chawla. Both Khan and Chawla starred in the first movie of their production house, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani.[25]. Khan also played a supporting role in Kamal Hassan's controversial film Hey Ram which failed to do well at the box office but won him critical acclaim.

In 2001, Khan collaborated with Karan Johar for the second time in the family drama, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham which was the second biggest hit of the year. He also received favorable reviews for his performance as Emperor Asoka in the historical epic, Asoka.[26]

In 2002, Khan received acclaim for playing the title role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's award-winning period romance, Devdas. It was the third Hindi movie adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's well-known novel of the same name, and surfaced as one of the biggest hits of that year.[27] Khan also starred opposite Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in the family-drama Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, which did well at the box office.[27]

In 2003, Khan starred in the moderately successful romantic drama, Chalte Chalte.[28] That same year, he starred in the romantic drama movie, Kal Ho Naa Ho, written by Karan Johar and directed by Nikhil Advani. Khan's performance in this movie as a man with heart disease was appreciated. The movie proved to be one of the year's biggest hits in India and the biggest Bollywood hit overseas.[28]

2004 was a good year for Khan, commercially as well as critically. He starred in Farah Khan's directorial debut, Main Hoon Na. The movie did well at the box office. He then played the leading role of Veer in Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara, which was the biggest hit of 2004 in both India and overseas.[29] Khan's performance in the film won him awards at several award ceremonies. In that same year, he received critical praise for his performance in Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades, which won him the Filmfare Best Actor Award for the sixth time, although the movie was a box office failure.[29]

Khan's only movie release in 2005 was the fantasy film, Paheli. It was a box office failure, but won him acclaim.[30]

In 2006, Khan collaborated with Karan Johar for the fourth time with the melodrama movie, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. It did well in India and much more so in the overseas market, becoming the biggest Bollywood hit in the overseas market ever.[31] His second release in that saw him playing the title role in the action film Don, a remake of the 1978 hit Don. The movie was a success.[31]

Khan's first release in 2007, the sports movie Chak De India, earned him good reviews. Though the movie started low at the box office, it became one of the year's biggest hits.[32] For his performance as the coach of a girl's hockey team, he earned his seventh Filmfare Best Actor Award. Next followed Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om. The film emerged as the year's highest grossing film in India and the overseas market,[32] as well as earned him another nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare ceremony.

[edit] As a Producer

Khan turned producer when he set up a production company called Dreamz Unlimited with Juhi Chawla and director Aziz Mirza in 1999. The first two of the films he produced and starred in: Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000) and Asoka (2001) were box office failures.[26] However, his third film, as a producer and star, Chalte Chalte (2003), was the first box office hit from his production house.[28]

In 2004,. he set up another production company called Red Chillies Entertainment and produced and starred in Main Hoon Na which was another hit at the box office.[29] In 2005 he produced and starred in the fantasy film Paheli, which was a box office failure.[30] It was India's official entry to the Oscars for a nomination for Best Foreign Film, but it did not pass the final selection. That same year he also co-produced the supernatural horror film Kaal with Karan Johar and performed an item number for the film with Malaika Arora Khan. Kaal was moderately successful at the box office.[30] The latest film Om Shanti Om, which he produced as well as starred him, has done very well at the box office.

[edit] As Television Host

Khan was chosen as the host of the third series of the popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who wants to be a millionaire?,[33] in 2007 taking over from the original host Amitabh Bachchan who had hosted the show from 2000 to 2005. On Monday, January 22, 2007, "Kaun Banega Crorepati" aired with Khan as the new host. The season ended on April 19 2007.[34]

[edit] Awards and nominations

[ Filmography

[edit] Actor

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Deewana Raja Sahai Winner, Filmfare Best Male Debut Award
Chamatkar Sunder Srivastava  
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman Raju (Raj Mathur)  
Dil Aashna Hai Karan  
1993 Maya Memsaab Lalit Kumar  
King Uncle Anil  
Baazigar Ajay Sharma/Vicky Malhotra Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Darr Rahul Mehra Nominated, Filmfare Best Villain Award
1994 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa Sunil Winner, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Anjaam Vijay Agnihotri Winner, Filmfare Best Villain Award
1995 Karan Arjun Arjun Singh/Vijay  
Zamana Deewana Rahul Malhotra  
Guddu Guddu Bahadur  
Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India Hero  
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Raj Malhotra Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Ram Jaane Ram Jaane  
Trimurti Romi Singh/Bholey  
1996 English Babu Desi Mem Vikram/Hari/Gopal Mayur  
Chaahat Roop Rathore  
Army Arjun Special appearance
Dushman Duniya Ka Badru  
1997 Gudgudee   Special appearance
Koyla Shanker  
Yes Boss Rahul Joshi Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Pardes Arjun Saagar  
Dil To Pagal Hai Rahul Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1998 Duplicate Bablu Chaudhry/Manu Dada Nominated, Filmfare Best Villain Award
Achanak   Special appearance
Dil Se Amarkant Varma Dubbed into Tamil as Uyire
Dubbed into Telugu as Prema Tho
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Rahul Khanna Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1999 Baadshah Raj 'Baadshah'Heera Nominated, Filmfare Best Comedian Award
2000 Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani Ajay Bakshi  
Hey Ram Amjad Ali Khan Simultaneously made into Tamil as Hey Ram
India's official entry to the Oscars
Josh Max  
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega Rahul Special appearance
Mohabbatein Raj Aryan Malhotra Winner, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Gaja Gamini Shahrukh Special appearance
2001 One 2 Ka 4 Arun Verma  
Asoka Asoka Dubbed into Tamil as Samrat Ashoka
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Rahul Raichand Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
2002 Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam Gopal  
Devdas Devdas Mukherjee Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
India's official entry to the Oscars
Shakti: The Power Jaisingh Special appearance
Saathiya Yeshwant Rao Special appearance
2003 Chalte Chalte Raj Mathur  
Kal Ho Naa Ho Aman Mathur Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
2004 Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke Dushant  
Main Hoon Na Maj. Ram Prasad Sharma Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Veer-Zaara Veer Pratap Singh Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Swades Mohan Bhargava Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Dubbed into Tamil as Desam
2005 Kuch Meetha Ho Jaaye Himself Special appearance
Kaal   Special appearance in song Kaal Dhamaal
Silsiilay Sutradhar Special appearance
Paheli Kishen/The Ghost India's official entry to the Oscars
The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan Himself (Biopic) Documentary directed by British-based author and director Nasreen Munni Kabir
2006 Alag   Special appearance in song Sabse Alag
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Dev Saran Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Don - The Chase Begins Again Don/Vijay Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
I See You   Special appearance in song Subah Subah
2007 Chak De India Kabir Khan Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Heyy Babyy Raj Malhotra Special appearance in song Mast Kalandar
Om Shanti Om Om Prakash Makhija/Om Kapoor Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
2008 Bhootnath   Special appearance
Dulha Mil Gaya Raj  
Krazzy 4   Special appearance (item number)
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi   Pre-production


 Playback singer

 Stunts Director

 Television appearances

See also

Filmfare Awards
Preceded by
Ajay Devgan
for Phool Aur Kaante
Best Male Debut
for Deewana

Succeeded by
Saif Ali Khan
for Aashiq Awara
Preceded by
Anil Kapoor
for Beta
Best Actor
for Baazigar

Succeeded by
Nana Patekar
for Krantiveer
Preceded by
Dimple Kapadia
for Rudaali
Best Actor (Critics)
for Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa

Succeeded by
Farida Jalal
for Mammo
Preceded by
Paresh Rawal
for Sir
Best Villain
for Anjaam

Succeeded by
Mithun Chakraborty
for Jallaad
Preceded by
Nana Patekar
for Krantiveer
Best Actor
for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Succeeded by
Aamir Khan
for Raja Hindustani
Preceded by
Aamir Khan
for Raja Hindustani
Best Actor
for Dil To Pagal Hai

Succeeded by
Shahrukh Khan
for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Preceded by
Shahrukh Khan
for Dil To Pagal Hai
Best Actor
for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Succeeded by
Sanjay Dutt
for Vaastav
Preceded by
Manoj Bajpai
for Shool
Best Actor (Critics)
for Mohabbatein

Succeeded by
Amitabh Bachchan
for Aks
Preceded by
Aamir Khan
for Lagaan
Best Actor
for Devdas

Succeeded by
Hrithik Roshan
for Koi... Mil Gaya
Preceded by
Power Award
tied with
Amitabh Bachchan

Succeeded by
Shahrukh Khan
Preceded by
Hrithik Roshan
for Koi... Mil Gaya
Best Actor
for Swades

Succeeded by
Amitabh Bachchan
for Black
Preceded by
Shahrukh Khan
tied with
Amitabh Bachchan
Power Award
Succeeded by
Yash Chopra
Preceded by
Hrithik Roshan
for Dhoom 2
Best Actor
for Chak De India

Succeeded by


  1. ^ ABPL Group: Shah Rukh, Dilip Kumar invited to Pakistan.
  2. ^ Afghanland: Afghans of Guyana.
  3. ^ Badshah at durbar and dinner. telegraphindia.com. Retrieved on 12 March 2007.
  4. ^ Rediff News Gallery: The Shahrukh Connection.
  5. ^ A Hundred Horizons by Sugata Bose, 2006 USA, p136
  6. ^ Shahrukh Khan - Journey.
  7. ^ IndiaFM News Bureau (November 2, 2006). Facts you never knew about SRK. indiaFM. Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
  8. ^ Shah Rukh Khan turns 42. zeenews.com. Retrieved on 2 Nov 2007.
  9. ^ Siddiqui, Rana (November 17, 2006). Much ado about King Khan. The Hindu. Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
  10. ^ Shah Rukh Khan Now Live At Madame Tussauds.
  11. ^ Shah Rukh Khan to be honoured by French Govt..
  12. ^ Shahrukh's teacher gives him the credit.
  13. ^ The camera chose Shah Rukh Khan.
  14. ^ bbc.co.uk. Shahrukh goes global. Retrieved on 7 September 2007.
  15. ^ Bollywood's Brightest Star.
  16. ^ Box Office 1992. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  17. ^ Through the looking glass.
  18. ^ All Time Earners Inflation Adjusted (Figures in Ind Rs). BoxOfficeIndia.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-10.
  19. ^ ´DDLJ´ Enters The Thirteenth Year At The Theaters!. planetbollywood.com. Retrieved on 14 January 2007.
  20. ^ Box Office 1996. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  21. ^ a b Box Office 1997. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  22. ^ Box Office 1998. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  23. ^ Overseas Earnings (Figures in Ind Rs). BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2008-01-10.
  24. ^ Box Office 1999. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  25. ^ a b Box Office 2000. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  26. ^ a b Box Office 2001. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  27. ^ a b Box Office 2002. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  28. ^ a b c Box Office 2003. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  29. ^ a b c Box Office 2004. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  30. ^ a b c Box Office 2005. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  31. ^ a b Box Office 2006. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  32. ^ a b Box Office 2007. BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
  33. ^ IHT.com.
  34. ^ Businessofcinema.com.

 Further reading

  • Shahrukh Khan - Still Reading Khan. A1Books Distributor 2007. ISBN 9788187107798.
  • Gahlot, Deepa; Agarwal, Amit. King Khan SRK. Augsburg Weltbild 2007. ISBN 9783828988699.
  • Ghosh, Biswadeep. Hall of fame: Shahrukh Khan (in English). Mumbai: Magna Books, 2004. ISBN 8178092379.
  • Chopra, Anupama. King of Bollywood : Shah Rukh Khan and the seductive world of Indian cinema (English). New York: Warner Books, 2007. ISBN 9780446578585.

List of Shahrukh Khan's awards and nominations

[edit] Filmfare Awards

Awards Won

Special Awards

Awards Nominated

[edit] Star Screen Awards



[edit] International Indian Film Academy Awards



[edit] Zee Cine Awards



[edit] Bollywood Movie Awards


[edit] Global Indian Film Awards




[edit] Other Awards

  • Ten Rupa Cinegoers Awards
  • Six Sansui Viewers Choice Movie Awards
  • Two AFJA Awards
  • One Aashirwad Award
  • One Disney Kids Channel Award
  • One MTV Immies Indian Music Excellence Awards
  • One Sports World Film Award
  • One Sahara One Sangeet Award - Best Actor Singer “Apun Bola” Josh - 2005[1]
  • Star's Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards:[2]
    • 2004: Sabsey Favourite actor
    • 2005: Sabsey Favourite actor
    • 2006: Sabsey Favourite actor
    • 2007: Sabsey Favourite actor
    • 2008: Sabsey Favourite actor
  • 2007: HT Café Film Awards Best Actor Award for Chak De India.[3]
  • Sexiest Man in Asia (Jade Magazine, October 2001)
  • Sexiest Asian Man (Eastern Eye, October 2007)

[edit] National Honours

  • 2002 - Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in the Field of Entertainment
  • 2005 - Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India

[edit] Other recognitions

In 2004 Time magazine in their third annual special on Asia's heroes selected him along with 19 other Asian's as the 20 Asian Heroes under the age of 40 [4]. Out of the 20, Khan was one of the four who graced the South Asian edition of that issue.

In 2005 he appeared on the cover of the Asian edition of the National Geographic magazine dated February 2005. This was a rare honour extended by National Geographic since unlike many other magazines celebrities are not their natural choice for a cover image [5].


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