Shah Rukh Khan on Aryan and Suhana entering Bollywood: They can't live off what their father has done
It is no secret that Aryan Khan and Suhana Khan want to follow their father Shah Rukh Khan's footsteps and enter Bollywood. In a recent interview, the superstar said that it was important that his children bring something new to films, instead of just living off his legacy.
Talking about Aryan, Shah Rukh said, "He wants to be a filmmaker. We are friends, so I told him to learn whichever aspects of film he can go and learn... The other day I met (famed cinematographer) Ravi Varman, I told him go and learn camera with him. He has been doing that."
Recently, Shah Rukh and Aryan lent their voices to Mufasa and Simba, respectively, in the Hindi-dubbed version of The Lion King. The actor said that it was an incredible experience to be working with his son.
"We had seven-eight days of 8pm to 6am amazing time together. We used to go there at 8 and just jam... He used to play the guitar. There was this amazing set of people helping us with the dubbing, so we had a great time," Shah Rukh said, adding that it was important for Aryan to understand and familiarise himself with the process of dubbing.
Aryan is currently studying at the University of Southern California and has another year and a half of film school left. Suhana, on the other hand, will soon start going to Tisch School Of The Arts in New York.
"Suhana wants to act. She is right now at the French festival in Edinburgh. She is doing theatre, she has a coloured face and is doing some mime. It's good fun," Shah Rukh revealed.
Shah Rukh, who has been ruling Bollywood for two and a half decades now, said that he did not want to impose his ideas on Aryan and Suhana. "I should not impose my ideas on them because mine are so set. Mine have now been almost fully cultivated... I am here to give my yeoman service to Indian film industry with my cultivated amazing talent. Why just duplicate it to them? Let them learn something."
According to Shah Rukh, it is crucial for every creative person in the film industry to "bring something new to it". He said, "As actors and filmmakers, my kids, in case they wish to come in, they have to bring something new. They can't live off the stuff their father has managed to do. It's important they bring in something new and if I impose myself, they won't be able to."
"Let them go and bring in something radical and strange. Wrong, maybe. But it should be newer than what I have been able to give," the 53-year-old actor said.