Bollywood's King Khan Shah Rukh Khan has regretted he is yet to receive a national film award while none of his movies has ever made it to events such as the Kolkata International Film Festival. However, the trailer of the actor's upcoming movie Zero was showcased at the opening ceremony.
The hugely popular actor, addressing the opening ceremony, said he was invited to film festivals either to dance or say some nice words welcoming people, and not for any intellectual deliberations.
"I have done 70 films so far, but the only reason film festivals call me is either to dance or come and just speak about welcoming the delegates, and being nice to people, and not do anything intellectual," the 53-year-old actor commented. "Reason for that is I am not very intelligent. And I am not very smart.
However, SRK said, he has become "smarter" and more "intellectual" after getting to know Kolkata while spearheading the Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders for 12 years.
"And the 12 years that I have been in Kolkata with a cricket team, Kolkata Knight Riders, I am becoming smarter. And I am becoming much more intellectual, spending time in Bengal, with all the wonderful stalwarts of cinema, and all the people I keep meeting," the Dilwale star continued.
"So, maybe, in the next ten years, there will come a time, when one of my film will get selected for an international festival of this kind of rating. It's really unfortunate and sad, I have never got a national award," he said, soon after receiving a crystal trophy from the organisers of the KIFF.
"The only award is what I got today, that KIFF, that Mamatadi (West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) so sweetly gave me. It's a special crystal award," he said, to a tumultuous applause, as Banerjee seemed visibly pleased.
Khan then sought Banerjee's permission to screen the trailer of Zero.
"So I want to seek Mamatadi's permission and behave a little cheaply, if that's all right, because if you have a younger brother like me, there is full freedom to behave as you wish to," he laughed. "So I know that none of my films will be ever, ever, ever,ever, ever played in a festival. They don't deserve too, maybe. But I have got a trailer of my film Zero, so I want to request Mamatadi."
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