Shahrukh Khan birthday special: I am happy with my Gauri!

As Shahrukh Khan turns 47 today, we cherry-pick quotes from the superstar that have inspired us, made us grin and helped us discover a different dimension of his personality

Born on November 2, 1965, Shahrukh Khan is also known as the ‘Badshah of Bollywood’. And if you are one of those hardcore Shahrukh Khan fans who stops surfing TV channels whenever he appears onscreen and listens to his interviews with rapt attention, you must have noticed that the actor has the habit contradicting him at every given point- and we find that very endearing.

Substantiating our opinions, the actor himself said in an interview that ‘We aren’t human if we don’t contradict ourselves’. So if he claims to be a luxury freak in one interview, in the very next confab don’t be surprised if you hear him claiming that the finer things in life don’t matter to him much.

Khan makes you discover something interesting about him every time he opens his mouth. And since his wit, his presence of mind and his quirky perspective form such an integral part of his personality, we thought that extracting cool quotes by Khan from diverse places – from websites to tabloids – would be the best way to celebrate his birthday. Read on…

  • Fame and love is a gift from God and for that reason alone I feel richer than 10 Bill Gates put together

  •  But at the end of it all, you come to Bombay, and there’s a side of you that nobody’s seen. People now say, he’s stylish, intelligent, etc. Nobody sees that basically I’m quite a cheapster from Delhi. 

  •  Sometimes girls say they like me. I don’t know what to say, so before she thinks I’m foolish or asexual, I just say something funny. The best way to kill romance is to joke. 

  •  I don’t mind people criticising my films. But when things get personal, I don’t like it. I know for every 50 people in the industry who don’t like my film for personal reasons, there are 30 million people out there who love it.

  •  There are times I feel extremely lonely and talking to my dogs seems the only option

  •  Age is not my forte either. I still cannot fix my own – am I 45 or 15? If I could, would I be romancing girls one third my age who normally would call me ‘Uncle’?

  •   momentarily lose my ability to give up and close up. And here’s where the trick is – when you are in this place of despair, where the world is staring you down into yourself, there’s only one thing you can do to survive: hang on to who you are inside.

  • For someone who doesn’t even like love stories, I’ve played an awful lot of lovers. 

  • I don’t like the trappings of stardom. I wear the shoes and the Dolce & Gabbana because I am told to. But I am not trapped by it. 

  •  I am very shy. If I am flying British Airways and the airhostess asks me two questions, and I don’t understand her accent – I will go hungry for the entire flight.

  •  I believe in having long lasting relationships. So you see, I’m still with Gauri. These relationships, according to me, cannot be changed, off and on. I belong to the middle class thought of school and I am happy with my Gauri.