This is a suggestion from Procrastinatrix, and I think it is a fun one! Especially if we get really really specific about the situation, not just a general “what would you ask Shahrukh?” topic.
Shahrukh is being interviewed today by Letterman as part of his “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” Netflix series. It’s a long form interview, no stupid jokes or games, and it is in front of a live audience. It’s in English, and will be released on Netflix. So it will be accessible to pretty much everybody in America, and only the urban English speaking elites in India.
Now, let’s pretend you are an audience member. You can ask a question from the audience, but it has to be short and clear. And you want it to be something that will present Shahrukh in a good light to America, while also drawing out new information for the Indian audience to hear. What is your question????
Here is my simple question: What is the film you most regret doing and why?
It’s a question that the Indian audience would really want to know, and it gives him a chance to be charming and self-deprecating and also insightful for the American audience, without needing them to understand a lot about India and the film industry to appreciate it.
On the flipside, let’s pretend you are Letterman. You are a smart savvy experience interview, one of the best there ever was. You have chosen to come out of retirement because you want to do in depth interesting interviews with a random array of people who you think the Netflix audience should no more about. You don’t want to ask stupid “what is your most embarrassing moment?” kind of questions, you want to bring up something real about these people, something that would lead to a longer deeper discussion of big interesting thoughts. What is your Shahrukh question(s)?
I will just give one of my MANY questions: Do you see yourself as an artist first, a public figure, or a businessman?
I don’t even care if he gives a straight answer, I want him to debate it and let us jump off to talk about his role in each of those identities. I am sure he will give deep interesting answers that will help the American audience understand who he is and how India/Indian film works, and which will help the Indian audience see him as more than a simple entertainer.