Shah Rukh Khan talks about evolution of Bollywood as part of 20 years of 'Talking Movies'

Shah Rukh Khan talks to the show's presenter Tom Brook on his recent films, successes, failures, movies he admires and much more

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Dec 6, 2019 1:45 PM
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Who better to reflect on two decades of Indian cinema than ‘The King of Bollywood’ Shah Rukh Khan, a megastar who has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films.

To mark the 20th anniversary of BBC World News' flagship cinema show ‘Talking Movies’, Khan gave an exclusive interview to the show's presenter Tom Brook in front of an invited audience in Mumbai.

The Bollywood star discussed his recent films, successes and failures, the movies he most admires as well as his views on Bollywood and where Indian cinema is heading.

“I don’t think song and dance are going anywhere in a hurry from Indian cinema… singing is inherent in our storytelling style, I think we should respect it,” said Khan.
Khan also opened up about poor reviews of some of his recent films. “I think we just made bad films. It’s as simple as that, you have to keep it as simple as that. With thirty years of experience of filmmaking, I cannot intellectualize a failure or a success, I cannot simplify or oversimplify a failure or a success, and I cannot get gung ho or disturbed because of a failure or success,” he said.

On how he perceives the era of streaming and Netflix, Khan said, “I think suddenly you have a platform in India where you actually can cross over… and people are liking it all over the world, and that’s really a huge plus. Soon you’ll find these [Indian] directors and actors getting jobs and calls because people are showcasing their talent on a world platform”.

On his part, Brook said: “One of the things I really like about Indian cinema is how self-sufficient it is. It has its own industry, it’s a star system, and it really can get along without Hollywood.”

The Talking Movies: Shah Rukh Khan Interview Special will air on BBC World News on Saturday, December 7 at 17:30 and 22:30 GMT and Sunday, December 8th at 04:30 and 10:30 GMT.

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