Biography Profile: Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan (born 2 November 1965), also known by the initialism SRK, is an Indian actor, film producer, and television personality. Referred to in the media as the “Badshah of Bollywood”, “King of Bollywood” and “King Khan”, he has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. The Government of India has awarded him the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest Indian civilian honour, and the Government of France the Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the second-degree of the honour, and the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, the fifth degree of the honour. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in the world.

Shah Rukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan

2 November 1965 (age 53)

New Delhi, Delhi, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Education Hansraj College, Delhi University
Occupation Actor, film producer, television personality, businessman
Years active 1988–present
Full list below
Gauri Khan (m. 1991)
Children Aryan KhanSuhana Khan

AbRam Khan

Awards Full list below
Honours Padma Shri (2005)
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2007)
Légion d’honneur (2014)
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Khan began his career with appearances in several television series in the late 1980s. He made his Bollywood debut in 1992 with Deewana. Early in his career, Khan was recognised for portraying villainous roles in the films Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993) and Anjaam (1994). He then rose to prominence after starring in a series of romantic films, including Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Mohabbatein (2000) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001). Khan went on to earn critical acclaim for his portrayal of an alcoholic in Devdas (2002), a NASA scientist in Swades (2004), a hockey coach in Chak De! India (2007) and a man with Asperger syndrome in My Name Is Khan (2010). His highest-grossing films include the action comedies Chennai Express (2013), Happy New Year (2014), Dilwale (2015), and the action crime film Raees (2017). Many of his films display themes of Indian national identity and connections with diaspora communities, or gender, racial, social and religious differences and grievances.

As of 2015, Khan is co-chairman of the motion picture production company Red Chillies Entertainment and its subsidiaries, and is the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders and the Caribbean Premier League team Trinbago Knight Riders. He is a frequent television presenter and stage show performer. The media often label him as “Brand SRK” because of his many endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures. Khan’s philanthropic endeavours have provided health care and disaster relief, and he was honoured with UNESCO’s Pyramide con Marni award in 2011 for his support of children’s education and the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award in 2018 for his leadership in championing women’s and children’s rights in India. He regularly features in listings of the most influential people in Indian culture, and in 2008, Newsweek named him one of their fifty most powerful people in the world.

Awards and Nominations

He is an Indian actor, producer and television personality who has received many awards and nominations. These include 15 Filmfare Awards, five Producers Guild Film Awards, 17 Screen Awards and six IIFA Awards. He began his acting career on television playing a soldier in the Doordarshan series Fauji (1988). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his debut film, the romantic drama Deewana (1992), in which he played a supporting part. For the role of an ambiguous avenger who murders his girlfriend in the crime thriller film Baazigar (1993), he received his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor. At the 41st Filmfare Awards, he garnered Best Actor award for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), which saw him play a young non-resident Indian (NRI) who falls in love during a trip across Europe.

Khan played a stage director in the musical romance Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and was awarded the Best Actor award at the 43rd Filmfare Awards and Zee Cine Awards 1998; he was also nominated in the same category at the Screen Awards. For his portrayal of a college student in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), he received the Best Actor award at the 44th Filmfare Awards, Zee Cine Awards 1999, and Bollywood Movie Awards, and earned his third nomination for Best Actor at the Screen Awards. He played an adopted son in conflict with his adopted family in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001), which earned him nominations in the Best actor category at the Filmfare, Screen, and IIFA Awards; he eventually won a Screen Award for Jodi No. 1 along with Kajol.

Khan’s production, the film Aśoka (2001), in which he also starred, was nominated at the 46th Filmfare Awards for Best Film. He played the title role of a rebellious alcoholic in the period romance Devdas (2002), which earned him his first IIFA Award for Best Actor, among other wins in the same category at the Filmfare, Screen and Zee Cine awards. His performance in the romance Veer-Zaara (2004) earned him the Screen, IIFA and Zee Cine awards for Best actor. At the 48th Filmfare Awards, he was nominated for Best Actor for the films Main Hoon Na (2004), Veer-Zaara and Swades (2004), winning for Swades. His portrayal of a hockey coach in the sports film Chak De! India (2007) earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. For his performance in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), he earned the Producers Guild Award for Best Actor. He also received the same award for playing a man with Asperger syndrome in My Name is Khan (2010), along with the IIFA Award for Best Actor. He received the Stardust Award for Best Actor and Zee Cine Award for Best Actor for the romantic comedy Chennai Express (2013).

Khan received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, from the Government of India in 2005. In 2007, he was invested with the Order of the Arts and the Letters by the Government of France, and in 2014 he was conferred with the Order of the Légion of Honour, the country’s highest civilian award. According to a popularity survey, 3.2 billion people throughout the world know of Khan, which is more than those who know of Tom Cruise. In 2007, Eastern Eye named him the World’s Sexiest Asian Man. In 2008, Newsweek listed him among the 50 Most Powerful People In The World.

At the end of 2016, Khan announced that he keeps track of the awards that he has received, and that the total at that time was 267


He is an Indian actor, producer and television personality. Khan began his acting career on television by playing a soldier in the Doordarshan series Fauji (1988), a role that garnered him recognition and led to starring roles in more television shows. He soon started receiving film offers and had his first release with the romantic drama Deewana (1992), in which he played a supporting part. Khan subsequently played villainous roles in the 1993 thrillers Baazigar and Darr, box office successes that established his career in Bollywood. In 1995, Khan starred opposite Kajol in Aditya Chopra’s romance Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, that became the longest running Indian film of all time. He continued to establish a reputation in romantic roles by playing opposite Madhuri Dixit in Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), and Kajol in the Karan Johar-directed Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001).

In 1999, Khan collaborated with Aziz Mirza and Juhi Chawla to start a production company, Dreamz Unlimited, whose first release was the comedy-drama Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000) starring Khan and Chawla. The film was a commercial failure as was their next production, Aśoka (2001), which led critics to believe that the end of Khan’s career was imminent. Khan’s career prospects, however, improved in 2002 when Sanjay Leela Bhansali cast him alongside Dixit and Aishwarya Rai as a depressed lover in Devdas, a period romance that garnered Khan critical acclaim. In 2004, he collaborated with his wife Gauri Khan to launch another company, Red Chillies Entertainment, whose first feature was the box office hit Main Hoon Na (2004). Khan’s popularity continued to increase in the 2000s as he played the romantic lead opposite younger actresses, most notably Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta, in several top-grossing productions, including Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and Veer-Zaara (2004).He also played against type as a NASA scientist in the drama Swades (2004), a hockey coach in the sports film Chak De! India (2007), and an autistic man in the drama My Name Is Khan (2010). From 2007 onwards, Khan began to star opposite a third generation of heroines, most notably opposite Deepika Padukone in Om Shanti Om (2007) and Anushka Sharma in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). Khan went on to co-star with Padukone in the action-comedies Chennai Express (2013) and Happy New Year (2014), and reunited with Kajol in Dilwale (2015), all of which grossed over ₹3.4 billion (US$49 million) to rank among the highest-grossing Indian films. He then starred alongside Sharma in Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017) and Zero (2018), both of which were commercially unsuccessful.

Seventeen of Khan’s films have grossed over ₹1 billion (US$14 million) in global ticket sales. With eight Filmfare Awards for Best Actor, he shares the record for the most wins in the category with Dilip Kumar. Khan has also starred in several non-fiction films that have documented his popularity, including the Nasreen Munni Kabir-directed documentary The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan (2005). From 2003 onwards, he has hosted several award ceremonies, including ten Filmfare Awards and six Screen Awards. In addition, he has featured as the host of four television game shows, including Kaun Banega Crorepati (2007), and the talk show TED Talks India Nayi Soch (2017–present).

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