He already gave us a Dear Zindagi trailer, which was wonderful, but just to make sure we fully celebrate, he gave us another video as well!
Anupama Chopra, who is my favorite Indian film author (tied with Rajinder Dudrah and Raja Sen), also has a TV interview show and a TV review show and all sorts of TV stuff. I don’t like her on camera nearly as much as I like her writing, I think her style of journalism is about sifting through things and giving context and so on, which works better in writing than in interviews in the moment. Highly recommend her DDLJ book from the British Film Institute, her Sholay book, and First Day, First Show, her retrospective collection of articles. And, of course, her book on Shahrukh.
But, I’m still not going to turn down a new in depth Shahrukh on camera interview! Especially if he is wearing really good jeans, and an unbuttoned shirt.
It’s a fun interview! At least, this part of it, there are supposed to be more. I especially like when they stop to drink wine with some random Italian lady. And when he pauses to say “hi” to the random Desi suitcase store owner.
It’s not very in depth so far. Just sort of drifting around the surface about acting and theory and stuff. Although that could also be because they are walking around the streets of where ever this is, with bad sound set-up and distractions and so on. Maybe in part 2 or 3 they will actually sit down and talk seriously and deeply.
Of course, I am grading on a curve, because it is Shahrukh. If this were a Hrithik interview, I would say this is about as deep as he goes. But Shahrukh has gotten way way more esoteric and deep and personal than this in other interviews.
And then there’s part 2! Still walking past random Italians. But I find it a little more interesting, especially the part where they talk about what makes him decide to do a film. And the part where he starts kidding around about what it’s like to have everyone love him all the time. “I’m completely living in a bubble. And I love my bubble!”
Oh, and that brief glimpse of talking with Hrithik and Amitabh and Salman, like Gods, about how the need to help their people. That was fun.
But really, it’s mostly about the shirt. Fasten two more buttons, and I would have lost interest in this interview 2 minutes in.
And this is also just an appetizer before the main course, Koffee With Karan Alia/SRK combined interview, on Sunday! (any bootleg streaming advice in the comments would be appreciated)