Shah Rukh Khan who recently attended the 10th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), said he still has 20-25 years left in Bollywood to create some really good cinema.
Khan spoke to PTI and shared he still has that drive to make a good film. “What drives me to do a film is the people around me who make such a great cinema…And I think I have a huge amount of capacity to do some really good cinema. I have 20-25 years of good cinema left in me.”
After failing to impress the audiences with ‘Zero’ (2018) Shah Rukh Khan decided a short break would be good for him and has taken the opportunity to travel and to discover new stories. Khan said, “I just finished the last film I made and to put it lightly, it was a disaster. I said to myself that let me enjoy a little bit of un-success, as I had success for so long. So I have taken some time off for next four to five months.”
Khan further added, by attending the IFFM it was a way to find new stories, “As a matter of fact, I’m on these breaks…Coming here (Melbourne) and meeting people, realising and discovering new stories, doing intellectual speaking.”
The ‘Dear Zindagi’ (2018) actor officially opened the IFFM with the screening of ‘Bulbul Can Sing’ (2018), directed by Rima Das. The film went on to win the National Award for Best Assamese Film.
Whilst in Melbourne, Khan was also presented with an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letter (honoris causa), by La Trobe University, Melbourne, in recognition for his efforts to support under-privileged children, fights for women’s empowerment through the Meer Foundation, and his accomplishments in the Indian entertainment industry.
Karan Johar, Das, Malaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor, Vijay Senthupathi, Zoya Akthar, Tabu, Onir, Sriram Raghavan, Thaigarajan Kumararaja and Vijay Krishna Acharya also attended the IFFM.