Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has said he hasn’t thought about going abroad and working in an international film, because he feels he isn’t “good enough”. The actor has also said he is way too “patriotic” to look for work elsewhere – adding that he respects actors who make a mark internationally.
“I have not looked elsewhere. I don’t think I’m good enough. I’m a patriotic person. I’ve always wanted to do something great for Indian cinema, but not as an actor; that is not greatness. I wanted to work something out, where Indian cinema would gain from what I’ve done, like VFX etc”
What does he think of actors like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, who are making a mark globally?
“I don’t want to belittle any actor who’s worked in the US. I think they are all fantastic. You expose a lot of your inner fears when you go to an alien land, and achieve something. Whether it is a big or a small role”
Talking about himself, SRK said “In a strange, self-important and self-obsessed way, I feel that I represent India. If I work in an international film, then it has to have some kind of importance, not only for me, but also for the country that has made me the star that I am”
However, the actor still dreams of making an Indian film that will be loved globally – even if that means he doesn’t act in it.
“I feel that even at this stage of my career, I may become part of a film, which may be loved internationally, but is made in India. It would be something like a Life Is Beautiful (1997). I may not act in it, but I want to make a film like that”