Friday, February 25, 2011

Shah Rukh Khan's father was rejected in Mughal-E-Azam

Not many know that Shah Rukh Khan's father had hoped to get a small role in Mughal-e-Azam but was turned down. Now, his son has gone ahead to make a documentary on the film. The father of the supertar was turned down in just a day for being a bad actor. Shah Rukh Khan says in his trademark humorous vein, "My father was selected for a Pathan's role and he performed so badly that Asifsaab threw him out of the film. My father would say to me when I was small that Asifsaab told him to go back home and give birth to an actor."

K. Asif's advice came true when Taj Mohammed Khan gave birth to Shah Rukh khan, who to rule Bollywood for time to come. These memories serve an emotional anchor to the actor who has inspired him to don the mantle of the producer of this documentary.

SRK says, "I think of Mughal-e-Azam which experienced several hurdles but did not compromise on the passion of filmmaking," Though he is shooting for Don 2 in Malaysia, the actor flew down to Malaysia to unveil a documentary of the film. The documentary has been produced by SRK's own production company, Red Chillies Entertainment.

The actor, who has acted in remakes such as Devdas and Don, will not act in Mughal-e-Azam. "Mughal-e-Azam is the mother of all films. Ma ka remake nahi hota" (Mothers cannot be remade) Shah Rukh said. When asked which role he would like to play if Mughal-e-Azam is remade, SRK said, "You should ask this to the filmmaker who would dare to take the risk of remaking the film."

"The originality and passion of the filmmaker is so much in evidence in Mughal-e-Azam, that it cannot be recreated during a remake," said SRK. He said the documentary was not a piece of art but done to inspire people in showbiz about the need to preserve classics which are part of history. Emperor Akbar's dialogue in the film 'Salim tumhe marne nahi dega aur Anarkali hum tumhe jeene nahi denge' is SRK's favourite.

The documentary contains interviews with the family of K Asif and their efforts to keep the film alive by colouring the movie, preserving the prints and asking painter M F Hussain to make the film his muse and bring it on canvas. It also carries interviews with Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapur and Amitabh Bachchan. SRK is the narrator.

When asked which of his own films could be documented in the way Mughal-e-Azam had been done, SRK said it could be Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge after 15-20 years.


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