As the oldest PVR in the country went in for a curtain fall in Delhi on Thursday, megastar Shah Rukh Khan graced the ceremony at PVR Anupam in Saket.
PVR Anupam opened with the screening of Yes Boss in 1997 and has mapped an extensive journey celebrating India’s cinema culture since.
The 53-year-old shared that he was there because Ajay( Ajay Bjli, Chairman and MD, PVR) was a childhood friend.
Speaking of how he was a ‘dream come true’, SRK said, “Some of the things that you don’t think about will happen to you and they are the best things of life. You just don’t know it yet. I don’t want to show off but I’m genuinely a dream come true. I’m a lower-middle-class boy without his parents bound to the city of glamour and become a movie star. The world has showered me with their love. This happens in only dreams but I never thought of it. I haven’t believed it, I am still that Delhi boy.”
When asked what was the first time he had seen himself on screen he said, it was during the rushes of 1992 film Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman directed by Aziz Mirza in RK studios, Mumbai.
“I found myself so ugly. I had such bad hair. I was doing such bad acting in front of Nana Patekar, Amrita Singh and Juhi Chawla. I took the late 4.15 am flight ticket that our producers used to get for us at 25 per cent off and went to the airport, thinking I can’t work in films. Aziz and Juhi convinced me that it’s not that bad. The final cut would be better. Just like Ajay Bijli lied and got Yes Boss to play at this theatre, those two lied to me. I never looked better, I looked just the same,” he recalled.
With Diwali around this weekend, Shah Rukh is here in the city to enjoy some family time and show his son, AbRam, the celebrations around the national capital.
Shah Rukh further said the way Diwali, Dusshera, and Holi are celebrated in Delhi, they aren’t celebrated anywhere else.
He also recalled memories of his association with the city.
Delhi is also SRK’s parents’ resting place whose graves he tries to visit whenever he is in Delhi.
“But as much as I can leave Delhi, Delhi can’t leave me because my parents are here. The biggest memory for me is here,” he said.
The curtain was drawn in the presence of Shah Rukh Khan, Mr. Ajay Bijli, the Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd as well as Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, the Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd.