Shahrukh Khan grew up in Mangalore until he was 5 years old and then moved to New Delhi. He went to St. Columba’s School in Delhi, founded by Edmund Rice, a Roman Catholic missionary and educationalist in 1941.
He was a good student, excelling in studies, sports and extracurricular activities. He was awarded the sword of honor, the highest accolade that a graduating senior can achieve at St. Columba.
Shahrukh Khan’s weakest subject was Hindi and his mother would bribe him by saying she would take him to a movie if he passed Hindi. He worked hard to earn the bribe, scoring top marks in Hindi and his mother took him to see Dev Anand’s film Joshilay.
Shahrukh Khan’s family often sat around a radio in the evening and they would listen to songs after the news was over. As soon as the songs started, the family had live entertainment in the form of young Shahrukh dancing to Hindi film music.
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Education & Struggle
Shahrukh Khan’s father died of cancer while he was still in his mid teens. His mother revived her husband’s failing business and took care of Sharukh Khan and his older sister Lala Rukh Khan, until her own death in 1990.
Shahrukh did his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hansraj College, Delhi. While studying for his degree he spent much of his time with Theatre Action Group (TAG), where he studied acting under the guidance of Barry John, the founder of TAG.
Shahrukh Khan joined Jamia Millia Islamia to get a masters degree in Mass communications. While he was at Jamia, he also attended the National school of Drama to further his acting skills.
Shahrukh Khan is reported saying that the principal at Jamia Millia Islamia did not like him. He was not allowed to take the final exam for his master’s degree due to poor attendance. He packed his bags and left the university.
Shahrukh Khan’s Television Debut
Shahrukh Khan was first offered a role in TV serial Dil Dariya but this serial could not become his Television debut due to production delays. Instead, another serial called Fauji was released in 1998 and became his debut serial. Ritika Sajdeh
Fauji made Shahrukh Khan a household name, he became extremely popular amongst his fans, both young and the old. The later started talking about his resemblance to Dilip Kumar.
He then went on to star in ‘Dil Dariya’ and Aziz Mirza’s directorial debut ‘Circus’ which were very popular TV serials in 1988 and 1989.
Shahrukh Khan Moves to Mumbai
After his mother’s death in 1990, Shahrukh Khan decided to move permanently to Mumbai in order to pursue his acting career. He came to Mumbai as a hopeful actor, with hardly any money and practically no place to stay.
Shahrukh Khan’s Bollywood Debut
Dil Aashna Hai was Hema Malini’s directorial debut and was set to be Shahrukh Khan’s debut Bollywood movie. However, due to production delays ‘Deewana’ starring Divya Bharti and Rishi Kapoor became his debut film.
Deewana became a huge hit and earned Shahrukh his first Film fare award for Best Male Debutant. The same year he starred with Juhi Chawla in ‘Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman’ which became a hit. Dil Aashna Hai was also released the same year.
Shahrukh Khan’s Family
Shahrukh Khan married Gauri Chibber in 1991. His wife Gauri belongs to a Punjabi Hindu family while he was brought up as Muslim. The couple has three children Aryan, Suhana and AbRam, who are growing up practicing ideals of both Islam and Hinduism.
Since he is also known as King of Bollywood, the actor reminds us of the great Mughal King Akbar who was married to Jodha, a Rajput Hindu and tried to combine the ideals of Islam, Hinduism and elements of Zoroastrianism, and Christianity into a new religion called Din-e-Ilahi.
Endorsements, TV Shows and Performances
Shahrukh Khan is seen in numerous ads in India and was named by Forbes as India’s biggest brand. He has also hosted TV shows like KBC, the Indian version of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader and Film fare Awards.
Khan is valued much by his fans and media for his electric live performances. He has been extremely busy entertaining people all over world through his live performances like SLAM and performances to promote his films.
Shahrukh Khan first became a producer in 1999 when he started a film production company called Dreamz Unlimited with his co-star Juhi Chawla. In 2002, he closed down Dreamz Unlimited and transformed it into Red Chillies Entertainment.
Red Chillies Entertainment is one of SRK’s main source of wealth, producing super hit movies like Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express and Happy New Year.
Shahrukh Khan’s IPL team
Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla bought an IPL team for $75 million in 2008. The team is known as Kolkata Knight Riders and by its abbreviation KKR.
The team did not perform well initially, but has improved with time winning the IPL championships in 2012 and 2014.