Shah Rukh Khan - known for his free-stroking way with words - played it with a straight bat in his "favourite city" on Monday, Aamir Khan to Dilwale. The Bolly Badshah flew down to KKR country for a few hours to launch a coffee-table book by Kansai Nerolac, a paint brand that he endorses.When quizzed about contentious issues - Ghulam Ali's visit to the intolerance debate - he kept bat and pad close together: "I am not going to answer because of the reactions I get when I answer to anything political." What about fellow Khan Aamir being dropped from the Incredible India campaign? "Mere toh usse kuch lena dena hi nahin hai. Na main banaa hoon, na mujhe nikaala gaya hai (I have nothing to do with that. Neither was I selected nor have I been dropped)," he quipped.But he did go through with the shot when asked about the box-office fate of Dilwale, his year-end biggie. "I don't think the film has done as well as it should have. Personally, I am a little disappointed. It has done very well overseas in places like Austria, Germany and other countries," SRK said about the Rohit Shetty film that has collected Rs 146 crore in India so far. He timed it sweetly, though, when it came to Dilwale co-star Kajol. "She has given me 2kg of a specific kind of (nolen) gur to have with milk or curd. I have to have a lot of sweets in Calcutta and I can't say no... I don't have a sweet tooth. I just look sweet!" dimpled the charmer.While on colour, when asked what hues he wanted to see Calcutta in, Shah Rukh said: "All the colours of the rainbow." But on being told about Mamata Banerjee's signature blue-and-white theme, he hit it out of the park: "I didn't know about it, but I always wear a white T-shirt and blue jeans!"Picture by Rashbehari Das
Trust SRK this will never stay for long. He's a very opinionated,fearless and intelligent individual with this hard to control your sense of "expressing" nature, just like his sense of humour is not far away from hiding a truth! He might hold himself at most times but when being pushed to have an answer whenever being asked on a certain issue he can't manage.
I'm sure his resolve on this will not last, but I would not blame him if he sticks to it. When it begins to affect his work, his family, his peace of mind, he must begin to question whether it is worth sticking his hand in the fire again and again. Often it seems the only benefit is to the interviewer who gets a good story, or the malicious media who are counting their internet hits.