Shah Rukh Khan, who has been part of multi-starrers like “Dilwale”, “Happy New Year”, “Om Shanti Om” and “Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham”, says he does not go for an ensemble cast by design.
“There are so many characters – from dadi to nana/nani in certain popular films I played – blockbusters/happy go lucky ones which demand such a (ensemble) cast. There is no special reason. And as an actor I can’t play two roles,” Shah Rukh told reporters here.
“Why (even) for an artistic film like ‘Chak de’ there was an ensemble cast. It had 25 actors.”
SRK dwelt on his journey from “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” to “Dilwale”, and said the underlying message for any romantic films was “each person has to find his love story.”
About the success of “Dilwale”, he said, “It has a mix of everything – SRK brand, story, film.”
On so many Bollywood directors having touched base in Kolkata and other parts of Bengal for shooting and why he was bypassing the state, Shah Rukh said, “There has to be some sort of relevance in the story line.
“Whenever I will find that relevance I will come here. After all I am an entertainer by profession,” he said.
Shah Rukh, who has been the brand ambassador of West Bengal, said, “Desh ke liye kam achha lagta hay (Feels nice working for the country). This is extremely humbling.”
Speaking about his relation with Bengal, he said Kajol, who shared stage with him, was surprised to know that he is lovingly called ‘Khandada’ by the people of the state.
Shah Rukh said he found Bengal an extremely intellectual state and described the last edition of Kolkata International Film Festival, which he had attended, as ‘vibrant’.