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December 15, 2011

Shah Rukh Khan on facing competition from Ranbir Kapoor

Filed under: Video Vault — Rajeev @ 1:45 am

In this excerpt from an interview with Rajeev Masand, Shah Rukh Khan talks about facing competition from younger actors like Ranbir Kapoor, and also reveals his affection for his idols Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.

(This interview first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. Wow! Truly, only SRK can answer the way he does. So intelligent, clear and articulate. Loved listening to him…would like to watch the whole interview. Shahrukh, you are amazing.

    Comment by leher — December 15, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  2. only shahrukh can answer this qus.in this way loved his ans. and wat he tell abt Aryan that’s true ….so intelligent true straight forward ans. love u srk

    Comment by Shinakshi Garg — December 15, 2011 @ 11:44 am

  3. Hmmm….now if only this amazingly intelligent articulate man could choose his movies also wisely!! Nevertheless I’m a SKR fan…what can I say…I love the man more than the actor, but love him nonetheless. Waiting for Don 2

    Comment by Rhea — December 15, 2011 @ 11:48 am

  4. Wish SRK used half of his talking skills in his movies

    Comment by Ravi — December 15, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

  5. ranbir easily can beat all d khans bcoz he is charming superb actor

    Comment by kamal raj regmi — December 15, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

  6. king khan rocks. glad to see the king back to his usual articulate, irreverent, charming self!!! lov u srk!

    Comment by ria — December 15, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

  7. please upload the full video, i just love this guy!!!

    Comment by nikunj — December 16, 2011 @ 12:06 am

  8. man srk u literaaly rock watta answer totally agree wid u <3

    Comment by rana ashish chauhan — December 16, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

  9. Ranbir is a superbly talented actor and it does seem to me that SRK is trying to diminish his achievements simply because he has a “popular mother and father” and did not have to struggle for a break. That seems unfair because if talent were solely dependent on pedigree then why aren’t Esha Deol or Vivek Oberio or Tushar Kapoor bigger stars? SRK just sounds arrogant and pompous.

    Comment by RS — December 17, 2011 @ 2:17 am

  10. So what if Shahrukh made Ra.One? It is not as bad a movie as people are claiming to be. Shahrukh should definitely make Ra.One sequel with a different title, new name of for superhero so people don’t make fun of G.one(Jeevan-Life) as Gay.one. How mature is that? I think with Ra.One he had the best intentions but somewhere along the story and plot, it missed its point. Otherwise Ra.One had the potential to take the Bollywood industry by storm into a new phase/genre/sci-fi.

    Comment by StillKhan — December 17, 2011 @ 11:26 am

  11. acting comes from within.not from family.srk self declared king is little insecure becz of ranbir,bcos he is emerging as the rocking star.watched rockstar three times wat a performance in such an early age…ranbir acts like amir,more charming than sharhrukh and gud luking than salman .ranbir is the package blended three khans best quality.

    Comment by kamal raj regmi — December 17, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

  12. SRK talking shit. Some years back he was openly talking crap about Big B.

    KBC 3 failed, Paanchvi Paas failed, Billu Barber flop, Roshan Abbas film flopped …he is finished now…! His time is over!

    Comment by Anshul — December 18, 2011 @ 12:44 am

  13. SRK at his best…

    Comment by Raj — December 18, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  14. wow..u r gr8 shahrukh…
    luk at the man …his simplicity ..his attitude…and his confidence….and and and his stardom…i luv it…

    Comment by abhishek — December 20, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  15. Those who think SRK is over,,,nothing to say to them BRING IT ON AND DONT MESS WITH THIS wow he is not going to bow to any one he is the Ruler he is the Kinggg and Talking about Flops my two hand fingers r not enough to count some crappy actors lop list….

    Comment by Mik — December 21, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

  16. why everyone talking abt khans and their superstardom why cannot ranbir and shahid beat them. they are too gud luking in depth actor…they represent our gneration…we want new stars with extra talent … so ranbir n shahid are gonna rock no one can stop them why people can not digest their talent.

    Comment by sudikshya — December 21, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

  17. Whoa, whoa, there! Is that some pompous arrogant rambling or what! Fairly articulated but oh so showy. Kind of reminiscent of a drunkard lying in a puddle of his own puke. But I digress.

    Oh, and how you can be humble like Rajini saab – how about by not gloating like that, for starters?

    Comment by Surya — December 22, 2011 @ 4:27 am

  18. I believe Ranbir is right in his place, when he says he has “competition”. Success for a film is measured in terms of box office success, so he is right in saying he has competition, competition here being the crowd pulling ability and subsequently box office revenues.

    You can see how he is ticked off when asked if he is a competition with Ranbir. His ego surfaces up and goes on and on. After a while he realizes this and tries to nullify it.

    If he was really truly humble, he would have handled this in a more subtle way. Ask yourself how would Amitabh or Rajni have reacted if asked the same question?

    Any star in bollywood has to do about 10 years of “field work” (provided they choose good films) before getting labeled as big star.

    Comment by nirvana — December 23, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  19. Ranbir telling SRK (about the bollywood king’s chair) “sadda haq, aithe raq” !!!!

    Comment by stonerdude — December 23, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

  20. Such arrogance – ‘ i want to rule’ !!!

    Comment by FatBrain — December 23, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

  21. You would think that a hard earned success would bring about a sense of humility!.. but this man is far from that he is just as insecure as he started to first get roles… just because u say that you’re not pompous Shahrukh, doesn’t mean you are not… I think u are confused as to who you are… and you need to face the brutal facts… u mock public intelligence by making films like Om Shanti Om, Ra one, and Don 2… and just market it well and make money!… please learn this lesson in life SRK!… the money you make or box office success is not a measure of how great you are!… learn something from Aamir!… he respects public sensibility and understands his strengths and he will always be respected because he works his skin out to excel in what he is good at. Just because you have survived 20 years and masses have an affinity to you, doesn’t mean you take advantage of that fact and make hideous movies! please grow up SRK… YOU SAY U WANNA RULE… U CAN ONLY DO THAT BY BELITTLING EVERYONE AROUND YOU… pathetic wisdom and an attempt to influence people!… YOU SAY YOU ARE NOT COMPETITIVE>>> and use words like “BRING IT ON” (Lol)… I still don’t know what have you really excelled in SRK, besides talking nonsense

    Comment by Ravi — December 24, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

  22. SRK had chrisma and confidence.Thats why he always ate co-stars.Be it rishi in deewana,sunny in darr,hritick and AB in KKKG, ruined the careers of all co-stars of mohabtain.He has achieved and cherished what he wanted.He had so much gap(popularity) with rivals that they always felt jealous.

    Comment by lpsingh — January 3, 2012 @ 8:25 am

  23. Look who’s talking. The self proclaimed king is all here to blow his own trumpet and what for? We all know what debacles we have surfaced in the last few years. Tell me Mr. Bragger, which is the last most sensible hit you’ve delivered in the last 3-4 years? You badshaah of hamming and king of bragging why did Ra.One sink without a trace? I still cannot believe you can talk so pompous and shallow without achieving any goodies for the past few years. Look at your contemporaries, especially Aamir. Be it direction or acting, his sensitive portrayals are so heart-rending and touching. Even Salman for that matter is way ahead of you in his own league. I think it’s time to grow up than coat your insecurities with such futile attempts. You cannot even be compared to stelwarts like Dilip Kumar, Amitabh or for that matter Rajinikant. All these great men are great because they are not so pompous and oh-so show off like you. Please learn to be humble for starters.

    Come to talk of Ranbir, he is one of the best of the present lot. His choice of movies speak a lot for themselves. Grow up Mr. SRK. There is much more in life than mere bragging.

    Comment by Deepalli — January 6, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  24. SRK answer all the Q so nicely maintaining his tread mark style. truly he’s the KING

    Comment by Raqeeb — January 6, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

  25. what a classy answer yar………..no one can answer it d way he did……
    i dont like his attitude………bt i like d way he presented himself

    Comment by Swapnil Baheti — January 7, 2012 @ 1:27 am

  26. I just love his spirit….the arrogance sometimes…..u need guts to speak like SRK……
    I prefer watching SRK’s interviews than his recent movies….

    Comment by Amarendra — January 7, 2012 @ 1:32 am

  27. whoever says what srk has lost completley. and Don 2 was the menifestation of his repressed egos aimed to his enemies. It would be a great insult if u compare srk wid the excellent amir.Amir has different style of working n movies and I bet if u look qualitative movies of last 20 years of course amir is such actor, who is reinventing himself time and again and has proved who he is :as a lover boy in dil chahata hai, historical character in mangal pandey, the operresed revolutionary in lagaan, and the super action hero in ghajini and above all the dear rancho of 3 idiots.

    in comparison to salman.srk is a speaker lets say an eloquent orator, he speaks on and on but salman doesnot know so much rhetoric he speaks watver he feels so salman is more popular…as u know HIMMAT BOLAI NAHI JATI DEKHAI JAATI HAI.

    and a big MISCONCEPTION srk fans have is that srk took bollywood to the next level. Due to the rapid globalization the world has become a global village. thousands of indians are moving US, UK and other countries so there is scope of bollywood movies not only of srk.and don’t forget the audiences even in us or uk are also indians not the americans.

    enough is enough lets talk about the new actors rather clinging to the actors of our dad’s generation. I sincerely request all of u guys please give space to ranbir, shahid and emraan like new talents.Being a fan doesnot mean to follow your star blindly. the constructive suggestion helps a star to improve.be realistic it is the responsibility of a fan to promote good movies.

    Comment by sudikshya — January 12, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

  28. Super Star SRK will rock this Diwali with JTHJ….n dont see Ranbir reaching the heights of SRK coz Ranbir lacks the connect with masses world wide

    Comment by Sachin — November 4, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

  29. Ranbir is the best! His choice of films is excellent!! SRK is arrogant…

    Comment by Aditi — April 19, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

  30. Lets simplify this. \

    1. If you are a die-hard fan of Sharukh, he is still wow, he is the best ever. If not, he is finished.

    2. They same has been said about Dilip Kumar, Shammi kappor, Deva Anand, rajesh khanna, Amitabh Bachhan and many, many others.

    The fact is the old must make place for the new.

    Time moves on

    Comment by BlueLotus — June 24, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

  31. Shahrukh should be graceful about this. I noticed he was very defensive about him being the KING and all. Sure,he is still on top and Ranbir is still an emerging actor who will need to do much more before he can be called the next KING. But I guess this is just typical bollywood. Some new actor gives a block buster and a people start comparing them with the best. Rahul Roy was the perfect example he flopped after Aashiqi big time. But Ranbir should be careful making those statements. He still needs to prove a lot before he can start to talk about competing with the tops like Shahrukh, Salman and Amir and Legend like Amitabh Bachan.

    Also, Shahrukh is being sarcastic about him being self made and Ranbir because he comes from a filmy family and did need to struggle for his break but really who could be much better example then Abhishek Bachan who is the son of the GOD FATHER of hindi Cinema but still not successful so does not matter now a days which family you belongs to. You still need to work hard to make a name for yourself. Ranbir is a talented actor and he should concentrate on his work for now.

    Its just a matter of days when Shahrukh will be sitting in the front row of award functions and they will be giving him tributes for his past films.

    Comment by Yousuf — July 8, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

  32. rk has no body , attitude ,style .man look at srk i lve it .
    what an attitude ,style and last but not the least his body

    Comment by sheetal — August 7, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

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