Although Shahrukh Khan is the Baadshah of Bollywood and has a huge fan following in India, SRK also has got a huge fan following abroad, and that doesn’t just include the Indian / Asian diaspora, it also includes a lot of westerners.
After the huge success of Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge (DDLJ), Shahrukh khan’s popularity in the NRI community skyrocketed, and over the years his fan-following included several westerners.
When SRK was asked the reason for his popularity among foreigners, here’s what he had to say.
“In the 1990s, when Kajol and I were working, there was a huge shift in how Indian films were made. We had crossed overseas because there were a lot of Indians who missed their homes and that’s how we connected. 1990s was the revival of Indian movies.”
“There is a button for coffee, button for your car, a button for everything. But there is no button for crying – you are our button for crying,” one of SRK’s German fans.
Narrating an incident he had with a German lady while attending a conference, Shah Rukh says, “I was very curious about why they liked my films, when a German lady said, “There is a button for coffee, button for your car, a button for everything. But there is no button for crying – you are our button for crying.”
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Shahrukh khan says that “There are fewer moments to express their emotions in the west, than perhaps in India, where there is an over-indulgence as far as emotions are concerned.”
Shahrukh khan will be seen opposite Kajol in ‘Dilwale’ and like most of his movies you can expect the movie to project family values and goodness of heart.
As Shahrukh rightly puts it, “Love conquers all.”