He is funny, witty and one of the most bankable actors in Bollywood. If he rules the box office with each of his releases, his children are a favourite with paparazzi. From Aryan to Suhana to AbRam, each of his kids has caught the fancy of his fans. And the 51-year-old actor, who loves to talk about everything under the sun, recently spilled beans on his equation with his brood in an interview to DNA.
On cracking dirty jokes with Aryan
Undoubtedly, one of the most popular star kids on the block, SRK's elder son Aryan has caught the fancy of many. Talking about his equation with his son, SRK said, \"I'm a really cool father. When I am with Aryan sometimes, we just lay down in our shorts without our shirts and we crack some dirty jokes. He gets really excited telling me about gaalis he's learnt. I'm from Delhi and I've also been that age and my vocabulary of Hindi gaalis is fantastic. So when he tells me one, I tell him that I'll teach him another version of it. So that's cool. We talk about getting into trouble, picking up fights, how to beat up the other guy or answer back when a guy messes with you. He talks about his ambitions, and where he would like to be one day. But he's very clear that way. He just wants to be bigger than me and that's cool.\"
On giving relationship advice to his kids
He might be the king of romance on 70mm, but the 51-year-old father stays away from giving any relationship advice to his brood. \"I think you should not give such advice to anyone. Because every relationship is different, every f***-up is different, every happiness is different. You should just let everyone be. Yeah, sometimes, in a fun, gossipy way, you can talk about somebody else's relationship, but I think, as weird, conservative or wild as a relationship may be, it's perfectly all right. You should not judge it.\"
On Suhana's Bollywood dreams
Her father is Bollywood's King Khan and this teenager too shares the dream of making it big in the film industry. And unlike other star kids, she isn't just all talk. Suhana Khan has already begun taking those baby steps and her videos from plays make it to social media every now and then. And dad SRK says that he is supportive of her decision. \"Suhana wants to be an actress. I see that zeal in her. She's extremely good on stage, I've seen her performances. She's admittedly a cinema fan and wants to be in the industry. But my point is simple - you need to complete your education before doing anything. That's the only thing I have told my children. Otherwise, they are free to be in the film industry, not be in it and do whatever they like. I will be supportive of whatever they want to do,\" he added.
On being a real-life Jug to his children
He helped Alia Bhatt find the right answers to some of the questions that life has mercilessly thrown at her in Gauri Shinde's Dear Zindagi. But in real life, Shah Rukh stays away from imparting gyaan to his kids, unless they ask for his help. \"I'm not very inquisitive or gossip about people's lives, including my children's. If they want something, they will just give me a call. Sometimes, they talk about their personal lives, but I know they limit what they tell me. It's about aankh ki sharam. I don't pry too deeply. I see the mom (Gauri) and the kids talking, and she asks some really pointed questions, and I'm like, 'How can you ask them this?' They may answer or say, 'I don't want to tell you'. I don't ask anyone questions about their life - whether it's my children or anyone else. I don't like being pried on either. I can tell you a lot of generic things about myself, but my personal feelings are extremely private. So, I assume the same about others, my children even more because they would have the same structure of DNA that I have. But they do come and ask me things, sometimes about studies and sometimes some really strange things about life,\" said the Raees actor.
On being an over-protective dad
Shah Rukh Khan once said that he will rip off the lips of the guy who kisses his daughter, but he says that he isn't an over-protective dad. \"I am not protective at all. I may talk or behave like that. You feel like protecting them, but you can't lead their lives for them, right?,\" he said.
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