Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film ‘Raees’ is all set to hit the theaters in couple of days. Thus the actor is leaving no stone unturned to make it a success. In a bid to promote the film, the team of ‘Raees’ made their way to Delhi by August Kranti Express train that departed from Mumbai Central station on Monday evening.
The team including SRK, Sunny Leone, film’s director Rahul Dholakia, and producer Ritesh Sidhwani were on board and interacted with media persons. It was quite memorable journey for SRK as he was in touch with his fans on twitter all thorough his journey. He also answered questions ranging from his views on contemporary romance to experience of shooting ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ and his decision to do female-driven films.
— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) January 24, 2017
Had such a warm mad welcome at Vapi. Now onto Surat. Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyya….Ab Surat aa raha hoon.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 23, 2017
All lights and love in Valsad. Thank u for welcoming team Raees. pic.twitter.com/0xzP2zIRBE
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 23, 2017
On being asked if the actor watched his own films, he said, “I haven’t really sat through an entire film. I don’t remember which is the last film I watched. I don’t know if I even saw ‘Chennai Express’. I haven’t seen any film I guess. During ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ I remember we had a grand premiere but again I left that halfway through because something came up. I haven’t watched a film in a theatre with the audience and just relaxed while watching the film in a long time now,” he said as per a report in TOI.
SRK also reveals that he finds trains to be “utterly romantic”. “I never had a romance in train, never had the opportunity. But having read books, poetry (involving trains), I find the rhythm of a train very romantic. I think it’s the most romantic place. In movies it is time bound, we are moving from one place to another, or either the train is stationary. You can do it with a green screen but I really feel it can be utterly romantic to be on a train. I find it very romantic and peaceful. This is the only place in the world where I can go to sleep calmly. I just get into the zone. I get down writing in train journeys.”
The romance king while talking about modern relationships said, “I think the times have changed a lot in terms of the language. Romance hasn’t changed. I think people have less time. I also find this whole rightly-so push for equality creates more of a buddy-feel between men and women. When you are buddies, you can’t romance. There is a whole wave which I notice with youngsters, because I have kids and some young actors and actresses talk to each other very differently. Romance has to have a little formality. Whether it’s tehzeeb, or going down on your knees. Whether it is saying couplets in praise of a girl, I am from that school and I still believe in it. I think romance has to be a little formal. ‘Aur phir kya kar rahi hai?’ It can’t work like that, even if there is equality.”
On being a constant advocate for equality for women, he said, “I may not be able to convince you with my life’s story at my age and stage that I have reached but I come from a different world. I work with new directors but I don’t understand the beauty of it. To be honest, I understand the essence, I understand the empowerment of women, I understand the issues about young women and their issues. I didn’t understand ‘Dear Zindagi’. But it is very essential to make films on these things. It is important for me also to participate in films like this, even if I don’t understand them. At least, I am a part of it. I am taking a side which is understandable.”
SRK also recollect memories of shooting ‘Chaiyya Chaiyaa’ on the top of a train. He said all the other dancers were tied to the train, except for him.
“The dancers were all tied down that’s why it was very difficult. The train was slow, but many times, those overhead bridges use to come and there was no communication like how you have those speakers now. I remember Farah Khan and the rest of the crew carried a white cloth. Every time they put it up it meant stop the song and just bend down. It was very scary. Because even when you lie down it was like you could literally feel the bridge pass over you. That song was shot guerrilla style. The train would stop and suddenly start. It was very difficult to shoot the song. It was fun but not without its difficulties.”
His train ride ended on Tuesday morning in Delhi and the team will head for further promotional activities in the city.