Shah Rukh Khan: “I think the most important thing when you do live shows is how everyone gets along. We’ve all been hanging out for one amazing year making this film, so it was easy to be with such people who are now like family.”
Reaching the final leg of their SLAM tour, the cast and director of Happy New Year tell us their thoughts on the tour, the film and the process…
Their hopes for their final foreseeable Slam performance:
Shah Rukh: I don’t think any of us have ever performed live on such a big stage. When you make a film like this and you have a team like this, it’s just a good excuse to go out with the whole team and enjoy yourself. I think the most important thing when you do live shows is how everyone gets along.
Abhishek: The last time I was at the O2 with my family and now I’ve come with an even bigger family – that’s the only difference.
Vivaan: It’s an amazing experience to be, in a way, ambassadors to our country, to represent our country; which is very much in the spirit of the film as that’s what we’re doing in the film – representing India. It’s a great honour to be here.
Boman: We have people from all different age groups from the youngest to the oldest. I’m bringing the sex appeal.
Farah: The tour has been amazing. We’ve saved the best for last.
“Working on the film has been an absolutely life changing experience. To stand on stage and perform with all of them is just electrifying and exhilarating.”
Their relationship with London:
Farah: The first time I came to London was to take part in the World Dance Championship in 1986 at The Hippodrome – I was very young then. So that makes Happy New Year even more special because it’s all about the World Dance Championship.
Shah Rukh: London has always been the pioneer in terms of the Diaspora taking our films to the level that they have achieved. We are stars because of all the people here in London and Britain who have appreciated and backed our films. Personally this is my favourite city in the world, for many reasons. Apart from the weather.
“The last time I was at the O2 was with the family and now I’ve come with an even bigger family – that’s the only difference.”
The things they look at before saying yes or no to a film:
Abhishek: I feel that every film has its own destiny and trajectory. You shouldn’t choose a film based on what kind of marketing budget is available. I choose films because if my friends are in it, I want to be a part of it. We are not in control of the fate of our films but we are in control of the process of making those films a very memorable one.
Deepika: Every new film that I do is an independent decision that has nothing to do with the films that I’ve done previously. You choose it for whatever reason. For me it’s primarily about the script. Do I enjoy it? Is it a story I want to tell? Is the character exciting and challenging me? I want to be part of an exciting project and an amazing experience more than anything else. I think that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learnt whilst being in this industry: that there is nothing more important than enjoying the process of making a film. You can work with the biggest co-stars and the biggest directors, but if you don’t enjoy that process it’s not worth it.
Deepika Padukone on Shah Rukh Khan: “If I can do something better, he’ll tell me. He’s someone I trust a lot. If he says something to me, I won’t question it.”
Deepika on working with Shah Rukh for a third time:
Every time you work on a film with a new co-star, you have to go through the process of getting to know them and their process of how they work on set. But when you work with someone like Shah Rukh – and I think we’ve done some really special things together – it just makes that process much easier. If I can do something better, he’ll tell me. He’s someone I trust a lot. If he says something to me, I won’t question it.
A fan came all the way from France to give King Khan a gift…
Shah Rukh on being presented the Global Diversity Award earlier in the day at the House of Commons:
In terms of what there is left for me to achieve, I feel that I have achieved all that I wanted to. Now all I want to do is entertain. I want to make people smile, be happy, to laugh, and once in a while reply to journalists’ questions. I want to give back to the audience that has given me so much again and again. I am so grateful and extremely humbled for all of the awards that have been bestowed upon me. Sometimes I feel I don’t fully deserve it, but it makes me want to work harder, to do bigger and better, to just keep on giving a little more than I’ve given in the last 23 years.
Boman Irani: “Some of the people here haven’t performed a world tour in 5-10 years. I haven’t performed a world tour in 55 years.”
Their most life-changing experiences:
Farah: The first time that Shah Rukh told me that he was going to make Main Hoon Na with me. Coming from a being a choreographer, I instantly became a filmmaker overnight. Also when I had my kids at the age of 43. When you have kids, life keeps changing regularly. I also hope Happy New Year will be a life changing experience for me as a director.
Boman: I was 35 years old whenI did my first play as a theatre actor. I was suddenly required to travel abroad for the first time in my life. Within a week, I had to pull some strings to get a passport in order to come to London to audition for something. So the first city I visited outside of my country was London. It kind of opened my eyes to a completely new world, a completely new place and opportunity..
Abhishek: Like for many actors who get their first big break, when Mr Dutta offered me my first film (Refugee with Kareena Kapoor).
Vivaan: Working on Happy New Year has been an absolutely life changing experience. Touring with them has just taken it to another level. To stand on stage and perform with all of them is just electrifying and exhilarating. I don’t have words to describe it.
“We have a habit of gatecrashing each other’s shows. It’s a bit of a stage tradition in India.”
Why Bollywood tours are so rare these days:
Boman: Some of us haven’t performed a world tour in 5-10 years. I haven’t performed a world tour in 55 years.
Shah Rukh: When you do a world tour of this magnitude, it should be bigger and better than before – productionwise and technologically. It should be a happy moment for South Asians everywhere. It’s taken me 10 years to return – I was waiting for Abhishek and Deepika to grow up. And for Vivaan to be born.
Read more →
Shah Rukh Khan: “It’s taken me 10 years to do a world tour again – I was waiting for Abhishek and Deepika to grow up. And for Vivaan to be born.”