Recent failures and scuffles have taught actor Shahrukh Khan that the taste of failure, no matter how bitter, can’t be shared with the people around you. After learning many valuable lessons from his recent controversies and brawls with the law, the actor finally apologised for his high-handed attitude. He confesses to have learned to accept both brickbats and appreciation from his fans.
“In the last five years, I have changed and realised I can also fail,” Khan told reporters on Wednesday when he was asked what he has learned from failure and controversies. “I had not faced failure for many years and it (failure) has made me humble. You can’t get angry and say the world is wrong. We have to realise failure is part of our life,” he added.
In the recent past, Khan’s image of an affable and disciplined star got a blow due to series of events. First, his home production RA.One did not get a positive response at the box office; he got into a brawl with director Shirish Kunder and then was involved in a fight with security personnel and Mumbai Cricket Association officials at the Wankhede Stadium that saw him being banned for five years from entering the ground. But finally he seems to be out of that gloom, thanks to Kolkata Knight Riders triumphing and winning the Indian Premier League title. SRK co-owns the team with actor Juhi Chawla and her businessman husband Jai Mehta.
The actor addressed the media at a press conference at his residence in Mumbai post the Kolkata Knight Riders winning the fifth edition of the IPL against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Sund. While clarifying his position Khan also said that he lost his cool because he felt like he was being attacked, but even then he regrets the way he acted.”I abused but I had a reason for it. But I realise no matter how angry or disturbed you are, you can’t subject it to your audience or children. I don’t think I am a role model,” stated Khan.
“Within a year a brawl and two films is enough. I was very ashamed when my wife and children explained to me that I shouldn’t have behaved in that way. I realised my children have grown so much that they are advising me; I felt really bad about myself,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2012.
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