Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan during a press conference to promote “Dear Zindagi” in Gurgaon Nov. 22. (Amlan Paliwal/IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — He is known as the “Badshah of Bollywood,” has delivered several blockbuster films in the 25 years of his career, and has millions of fans wanting to catch just a glimpse of him, but superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he does feel “lonely at times” and has “no venting” for his personal issues.

While he is playing the role of a psychiatrist to actress Alia Bhatt’s character in the film “Dear Zindagi,” which is releasing Nov. 25, Khan says that when it comes to his own personal life, he doesn’t talk to anybody or ask for advice.

“I am very cloistered, very shell-like. I feel awkward talking about my personal feelings. As a matter of fact, (when) a friend does talk to me about my personal feelings, I get very awkward,” Khan told IANS here in an interview.

The 51-year-old says that he doesn’t think he will ever “seek professional” help unless he is “admitted” to an asylum.

“I don’t know how to behave (when people talk about personal issues), I am very shy. I don’t talk to the closest people I have about my feelings. And, if somebody brings it up... like Karan (filmmaker Karan Johar) actually is the closest, and he once in London said something to me: ‘Bhai you know...,’ and I said, ‘No, don’t talk to me about this.’”

“It’s not that I am uncomfortable about my personal feelings; I keep them to myself. Never! I don’t think I will ever seek professional advice unless I am admitted to an asylum because people think so and force me to, I have never sought any advice,” the “My Name is Khan” actor said.

Since he doesn’t vent, doesn’t his head become busy?

“Yes, my head does become busy with a lot of thoughts. I just live with it. It makes you a little lonely, makes you a little sad. No, I don’t even go on a little roof and scream out. I have no venting for my personal issues and emotions except for the fact that I am an actor,” Khan said.

The star says that he expresses his real emotions onscreen, taking advantage of the emotional scenes that he has to shoot.

“I come onscreen, and I take it out. There are days when I cry onscreen, and that could be actual tears, but I don’t make a big deal out of it. Other days I just could be very happy on a scene, and that could be my personal feeling,” he said.

Being a father to two teenagers, people often wonder if he advises his children and talks to them about their relationships in general. Khan says that he has never sat down with Suhana Khan, 16, and Aryan Khan, 19.

“I don’t talk to my children about relationships. I don’t talk to them about anything that they don’t wish to talk with me about. So, if they call me, and they come and say, ‘Listen, I was wanting to know this, papa,’ I will talk to them about it, but I would never say ‘Sit down. I need to talk to you about the birds and the bees, or talk to you about relationships.”

He says his “most personal question to my son and daughter is “How is it going?”, “How is it on the personal front?” They said, “Fine” (I am assuming 'on the personal front' accounts for their personal relationships as well). Apart from that, I have never asked what they do, how they do, where they do, and, whenever they ask me for advice, it's not really been so serious. But If they do... of course, they give me advice on not smoking, but I have never sat down and given them advice,” he added.

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