Shah Rukh Khan is undoubtedly a living legend in Bollywood today. Being a total outsider, he went on to become the Badshah who rules million hearts. But even a King suffers little hiccups often in life. And a true king knows how to overcome them. In his early days, even before he entered movies, Shah Rukh faced the biggest hiccup of life - the sudden demise of his parents. SRK was very close to them and the loss completely shattered him. But how did he manage to overcome the hurdle?
The makers of Hichki starring Rani Mukerji are busy promoting the film these days as it nears its release. In a unique approach, they are asking prominent personalities about how they eventually converted their untold weaknesses into massive strengths. So, during one such session, SRK revealed that harnessing the pain and grief of his loss into his passion for acting has been his way of overcoming the hurdle. We know the rest, don’t we?
King Khan reveals, “My greatest Hichki moment is the death of my parents. I was 15 when my father passed away and 26 when my mother passed away. We were not financially well off, and I was studying for my Masters degree then. It was very sad for us. The empty house without my parents used to come to bite us (my sister and me). The loneliness, pain and sadness of the loss of both my parents, could have been overwhelming enough to take over my life wholly. I decided to overcome this Hichki moment by letting acting fill up my entire life.”
He added, “I never quite let go of the pain, but I also used it to make me completely focus on my profession. People close to me will tell you that acting is my vent, my window of manifesting these overwhelming emotions. I always say this that one morning, when I wake up, I will realise that I have spent all these emotions and now have nothing more to give (as an actor). Otherwise, death is a hiccup from which there is no coming back. I realised that and therefore, overcame it by giving my work, my all. God might bring a hiccup to you in this life but he will also give you multiple ways to deal with it in this lifetime. I could find my family (the love and sense of belonging) amongst my friends and colleagues in the film industry again."
Hichki is a Bollywood remake of Hollywood film Front of the Class (2008), which was itself based on the book, Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen. The film stars Rani Mukerji in the lead role of a teacher having Tourette syndrome. Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma, Hichki is set to touch the hearts of audiences on March 23.