With the mega blockbuster HAPPY NEW YEAR also being termed as the biggest money grosser in the history of Indian Cinema, Shah Rukh Khan has proved why is called Badshah Khan in Bollywood. The iconic superstar turns 49 on November, 2, 2014. Raaga.Com wishes the actor birthday greeting.
Though Shah Rukh Khan is known to be a commercial cinema actor but at heart SRK has great regards for New Wave Cinema or Art Films. The younger generation may perhaps not know but SRK had started his career with Art Cinema filmmakers like Kundan Shah ( KABHI HAAN KABHI NAA), Ketan Mehta (MAYA MEMSAAB) and Amol Palekar ( PAHELI).
However what is interesting is that Shah Rukh has even done a film called IDIOT directed by Mani Kaul, distinguished art house filmmaker, who made USKI ROTI (1969), which won him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. He also won the National Film Award for Best Direction in 1974 for DUVIDHA. He was the student of legendary art house filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak .
Regarding the discrimination of commercial cinema and art cinema Shah Rukh Khan laments, “The demarcation is not healthy for the growth of the industry and people should quit looking down upon filmmakers and actors who are doing commercial cinema.” He added, “Earlier art cinema was called parallel meaning side by side. Then it became commercial and art, intellectual and stupid. And now it has been reduced to single screen and multiplex."
“What we lack is collaboration. When I see international films, I see Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg come together and do a 'Tintin', which they have grown up with. A R Rahman saab is already doing that,” Concludes SRK