MUMBAI: In an interview with Rani Mukherji, as she promotes her upcoming film Hichki, Shah Rukh Khan revealed his life’s ‘hichki‘ moment which was the death of his parents, remarking that their deaths could have taken over his life wholly but he decided to overcome the sad moment by letting acting fill up his life.
As part of the promotions for the film, Rani is asking celebs to share the hiccups (hichki) they faced in life. SRK, considered close to Aditya Chopra and Rani, is among the first few to speak up.
“My greatest ‘Hichki moment’ is the death of my parents. I was 15 when my father passed away and 26 when my mother passed away. It was very sad for us. The empty house without my parents used to come to bite us (my sister and I). The loneliness, pain and sadness of the loss of both my parents, could have been overwhelming enough to take over my life wholly. I decided to overcome this Hichki moment by letting acting fill up my entire life,” Shah Rukh said in the interview.
The actor added, “My parents went away suddenly. They passed away within two and a half months after we discovered that they have cancer. I didn’t know what to do. I just felt one night, while at their graves that I should fill this void with something. I got a fortunate break in films. For me, acting is not work, but a place to vent out my feelings.”
Talking about his life ahead, he said, “I always say this that one morning, when I wake up, I will realise that I have spent all these emotions and now have nothing more to give (as an actor). Otherwise, death is a hiccup from which there is no coming back. I realised that and therefore, overcame it by giving my work, my all.” He further said, “The God who gives us life and the problems and roadblocks, also makes us find ways to overcome those.”
In the upcoming film, Rani plays Naina Mathur who has Tourette Syndrome (a disorder which forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds). Hichki focuses on turning disadvantages into opportunities and staring down at challenges that life throws at one and ultimately winning over them.
Produced by Maneesh Sharma under the Yash Raj Films banner, the movie is set to release on March 23.