Shahrukh Khan (born November 2, 1965) (Hindi: शाहरुख़ ख़ान, Hindko: شاہ رخ خان) is a highly acclaimed Bollywood actor, producer, and recent host of the game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati. He is considered to be one of the most influential actors in Indian cinema.

Khan started out his career appearing in several television serials in the late 1980s. He made his film debut with the hit Deewana (1992), and has been part of numerous commercial successes, delivering a variety of critically acclaimed performances as well. During his career years, he has won six Filmfare Best Actor Awards, and has had significant box office success, with films like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (199, being some of Bollywood's biggest hits, while films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Veer Zaara (2004) and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006) are the biggest Bollywood hits in the overseas market. Since then, Khan has established himself as one of the most prominent leading actors in Bollywood. Since 2000, he has branched out into film production and television presenting as well.

Biography
Khan was born to parents of Pathan ethnicity.[1][2][3] Although his family was Muslim, he was raised by Hindus for most of his life.[4] His father Taj Mohammed Khan was a freedom activist. His mother Lateef Fatima was the adopted daughter of Major General Shah Nawaz Khan of the Janjua Rajput clan, who served as a General in the Indian National Army of Subash Chandra Bose.[5]

Khan's father came to Delhi from Kissa Kahani Bazaar in Peshawar before the Partition of India,[6] while his mother's family came from Rawalpindi, also in present-day Pakistan.[7] Khan has a sister named Shehnaz, who is lovingly known as Lalarukh.[8][9] Khan attended St. Columba's School where he was accomplished in sports, drama and academics. He won the Sword of Honour, an annual award bequeathed to the student who embodies most the spirit of the school. He later attended the Hansraj College (1985-198 to earn an Honors degree in Economics. After this, he studied for a Masters Degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia University.[10]

After the death of his parents, Khan moved from New Delhi to Mumbai in 1991. In 1991, he married Gauri Khan in a Hindu wedding ceremony.[11] They have two children, son Aryan (b. 1997) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000).

Nasreen Munni Kabir produced a two-part documentary on Khan, titled The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan (2005). Featuring his 2004 Temptations concert tour, the film contrasted Khan's inner world of family and daily life with the outer world of his work. Another book Still Reading Khan was released in 2006 which details his family and his life. In 2007 another book by Anupama Chopra King of Bollywood "Shahrukh Khan" and the seductive world of Indian cinema was released. This book described the world of Bollywood through Khan's life.

Khan's life-size wax statue is available in Madame Tussauds wax museum,[12] London, installed in April 2007[13] Khan has been chosen for the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of the Arts and Literature) award of the French government for his “exceptional career”.[14]
As Actor

Khan studied acting under celebrated Theatre Director Barry John, at Delhi's Theatre Action Group (TAG). In 2007 John commented on his former pupil,
“ The credit for the phenomenally successful development and management of Shah Rukh's career goes to the superstar himself.[15] ”

Khan started his acting career in 1988 appearing in the television series Fauji playing the role of Commando Abhimanyu Rai.[16] He went on to appear in several other television serials most notably appearing in the 1989 serial Circus,[17] which depicted the life of circus performers and was directed by Aziz Mirza. That same year he also had a minor role in the English language made-for-television film In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones, which was written by Arundhati Roy and based on life at Delhi University.

After the death of his parents Khan moved from New Delhi to Mumbai in 1991.[18] He made his Bollywood film debut in Deewana (1992) which was a box office hit and launched his career in Bollywood.[19] His debut performance won him a Filmfare Best Debut Award. His second release Maya Memsaab was known for its controversial issues as Khan appeared in what was an "explicit for Bollywood" sex scene for the film.[20]

In 1993 he won acclaim for his performances as a murderer and obsessive lover respectively in the box office hits Baazigar and Darr. He won his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in Baazigar. He was also appreciated for his role as a young loser in Kundan Shah's Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa which earned him the Filmfare Best Actor Award (critics) that same year. In 1994 Khan once again played an obsessive lover/psycho role in Anjaam. Even though the movie was not a box office success Khan's performance in a negative role earned him the Filmfare Best Villain Award.

In 1995 he starred in Aditya Chopra's directorial debut Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge which was a critical and commercial success[21] and has entered its twelfth year in Mumbai theaters, grossing over 12 billion rupees in all, making it as one of the biggest film blockbusters.[22]

1996 was a disappointing year for Khan as all his films released that year flopped.[23] 1997 meant his diminutive comeback, as his first release, Yash Chopra's Dil to Pagal Hai went on to be the year's second highest grossing film.[24] That same year he also had success with Subhash Ghai's Pardes which was one of the biggest hits of the year and Aziz Mirza's moderately successful film Yes Boss.

Khan was welcomed with similar success in 1998 starring in Karan Johar's directional debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which was the biggest hit of the year and won him his fourth Best Actor award at the Filmfare. He also won critical praise for his performance in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se which did not do well at the box office in India, but earned good collections overseas.[25]

1999 was another non-notable year for Khan with the average grosser Baadshah as his only film release that year.[26] The year 2000 saw good success, with Aditya Chopra's second directional film Mohabbatein doing well at the box office, and Mansoor Khan's hit Josh. He gained critical acclaim for his performance in the former, which won him his second award for Best Actor (critics) at the Filmfare. In that same year, Khan set up his own production house Dreamz Unlimited with Juhi Chawla. Both Khan and Chawla starred in the first film from their production house Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani. He also played a supporting role in Kamal Hassan's controversial film Hey Ram for which he received much acclaim although the film was a failure at the box office.[27]

In 2001, Khan collaborated with Karan Johar for the second time with the multi-starrer family drama film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which was one of the biggest hits of the year. He also received favorable reviews for his performance as Emperor Asoka in the historical epic Asoka.

In 2002, Khan played the title role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's award-winning period romance Devdas, which was the third Hindi adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's famous novel of the same name.

In 2003, Khan starred in the romantic drama Chalte Chalte which was a semi-hit.[28] He then made his third film with Karan Johar as the writer and Nikhil Advani as a director of the romantic drama Kal Ho Naa Ho. The movie was one of the year's biggest hits in India and in the overseas market as well. Khan's performance in this film as a guy who has heart disease was also well received.[29]

2004 proved to be a good year for Khan commercially and critically as well. He starred in Main Hoon Na which was the directorial debut of choreographer Farah Khan. The movie did well at the box office, whilst Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara was the biggest hit of that year. Khan's performance in the latter was much appreciated and he won various awards at several award ceremonies. Khan also won critical praise for his performance in Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades, which won him the Filmfare Best Actor Award for the sixth time although the film was a box office failure.[30]

His only major film release in 2005 was the fantasy film Paheli which was not as successful at the box office, but won him acclaim.[31]
In 2006 he once again collaborated with Karan Johar for the melodrama film Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna which did well in India and became the biggest hit in the overseas market.[32] That same year he played the title role in Don, a remake of the 1978 hit film Don which was also successful. [33]

His most recent film was the sports film Chak De India which released on August 10, 2007. Khan received good reviews for his performance as the coach of a girl's hockey team in the film and the film is doing well at the box office despite a slow start.[34] He recently made a cameo appearance in Farah Khan's brother Sajid Khan's directorial debut Heyy Babyy which released on August 24, 2007. His other forthcoming release is Om Shanti Om.

As a Producer
Khan has also produced some of the films he has starred in but has had mixed success as both the producer and the star of his films. He set up a production company called Dreamz Unlimited with Juhi Chawla and director Aziz Mirza in 1999. The first two of the films he produced and starred in: Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000) and Asoka (2001) were box office failures.[35] His third film, as a producer and star, Chalte Chalte (2003), was the first box office hit from his production house.[36] In 2004 he set up another production company called Red Chillies Entertainment and produced and starred in Main Hoon Na which was another hit at the box office.[37] In 2005 he produced and starred in the fantasy film Paheli, which was India's selection for the Academy Awards (foreign films category) but did not win. That same year he also co-produced the supernatural horror film Kaal with Karan Johar and performed an item number for the film with Malaika Arora Khan. Kaal was moderately successful at the box office.[38]

The forthcoming film produced by his company Red Chillies Entertainment is Om Shanti Om which he will also star in.

As Television Host
Khan was chosen as the host of the third series of the popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who wants to be a millionaire?,[39] in 2007 taking over from the original host Amitabh Bachchan who had hosted the show from 2000 to 2005. On Monday, January 22, 2007, "KBC" aired with Khan as the new host. The season ended on April 19 2007.[4

Filmfare Awards
* 1993 - Filmfare Best Debut Award for Deewana
* 1994 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Baazigar
* 1994 - Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
* 1995 - Filmfare Best Villain Award for Anjaam
* 1996 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
* 1998 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Dil To Pagal Hai
* 1999 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
* 2001 - Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for Mohabbatein
* 2003 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Devdas
* 2005 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Swades

Special Awards

* 2002 - Filmfare Special Award Swiss Consulate Trophy
* 2003 - Filmfare Power Award
* 2004 - Filmfare Power Award

Awards Nominated

* 1994 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
* 1994 - Filmfare Best Villain Award for Darr
* 1998 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Yes Boss
* 1999 - Filmfare Best Villain Award for Duplicate
* 2000 - Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Baadshah
* 2001 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Mohabbatein
* 2002 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
* 2004 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Kal Ho Naa Ho
* 2005 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Main Hoon Na
* 2005 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Veer Zaara
* 2007 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
* 2007 - Filmfare Best Actor Award for Don - The Chase Begins Again

Star Screen Awards

Winner


* 1996: Star Screen Award Best Actor for Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
* 2002: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 (along with Kajol) for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
* 2003: Star Screen Award Best Actor for Devdas
* 2003: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 (along with Aishwarya Rai) for Devdas
* 2005: Star Screen Award Best Actor for Veer-Zaara
* 2005: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 (along with Preity Zinta) for Veer-Zaara
* 2007: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 (along with Rani Mukerji) for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Nominated

* 1998: Star Screen Award Best Actor for Dil To Pagal Hai
* 1999: Star Screen Award Best Actor for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
* 2001: Star Screen Award Best Actor for Mohabbatein
* 2002: Star Screen Award Best Actor for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
* 2004: Star Screen Award Best Actor for Chalte Chalte
* 2006: Star Screen Award Best Actor for Paheli
* 2007: Star Screen Award Best Villain for Don - The Chase Begins Again

International Indian Film Academy Awards

Winner


* 2003: IIFA Best Actor Award for Devdas
* 2005: IIFA Best Actor Award for Veer-Zaara

Nominated

* 2001: IIFA Best Actor Award for Mohabbatein
* 2002: IIFA Best Actor Award for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
* 2006: IIFA Best Actor Award for Paheli
* 2007: IIFA Best Actor Award for Don - The Chase Begins Again

Zee Cine Awards

Winner


* 1998: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Dil To Pagal Hai
* 1999: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
* 2003: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Devdas
* 2004: Zee Cine Award Superstar of the Year- Male for Kal Ho Naa Ho
* 2005: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Veer-Zaara
* 2007: Fun Cinema Entertainer of the year for Don - The Chase Begins Again

Nominated

* 2005: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Main Hoon Na
* 2005: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Swades
* 2006: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Paheli
* 2007: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Don - The Chase Begins Again
* 2007: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Bollywood Movie Awards

Winner


* 1999: Bollywood Movie Award - Best Actor for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
* 2003: Bollywood Movie Award - Best Actor for Devdas
* 2005: Bollywood Movie Award - Best Actor for Veer-Zaara
* 1999: Bollywood Movie Award - Most Sensational Actor for Dil Se

Global Indian Film Awards

Winner



 


* 2004: GIFA Best Actor Award for Veer-Zaara
* 2004: GIFA Most Searched Male Actor on Internet

Nominated

* 2006: GIFA Best Actor Award for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Star's Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards

Winner


* 2004: Star's Sabsey Favourite Hero for Kal Ho Naa Ho
* 2005: Star's Sabsey Favourite Hero for Veer-Zaara
* 2007: Star's Sabsey Favourite Hero for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Other Awards

* Ten Rupa Cinegoers Awards
* Six Sansui Viewers Choice Movie Awards
* Two AFJA Awards
* One Aashirwad Award
* One Disney Kids Channel Award
* One MTV Immies Indian Music Excellence Awards
* One Sports World Film Award
* One Sahara One Sangeet Award - Best Actor Singer “Apun Bola” Josh - 2005[1]

National Honours

* 1997 - best citizen of india
* 2002 - Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in the Field of Entertainment
* 2005 - Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India

Other recognitions

In 2004 Time magazine in their third annual special on Asia's heroes selected him along with 19 other Asian's as the 20 Asian Heroes under the age of 40 [2]. Out of the 20, Khan was one of the four who graced the South Asian edition of that issue.

In 2005 he appeared on the cover of the Asian edition of the National Geographic magazine dated February 2005. This was a rare honour extended by National Geographic since unlike many other magazines celebrities are not their natural choice for a cover image [3].