Shahrukh Khan opens up on the #MeToo movement

In a recent interview to Indian Express; Shahrukh was asked about his concept about women safety was and how did he navigate his daily relationships with women; the actor responded saying,” “Three things: Respect, respect, and respect.

Shahrukh Khan opens up on the #MeToo movement. Shahrukh Khan opens up on the #MeToo movement Source : press

2018 has sure been one of the most controversial years of Bollywood and the highlight to this year was India's own #MeToo movement. With Bollywood uniting against all those accused, all the actors have put forth their views on the matter and Bollywood's ‘Badshah'; Shahrukh Khan is no exception. 


In a recent interview to Indian Express; Shahrukh was asked about his concept about women safety was and how did he navigate his daily relationships with women; the actor responded saying," "Three things: Respect, respect, and respect. I really believe that. Some of my women friends, whom I have known for years, find me too formal at times. But there is no romance and love without respect." 


The actor further added that," Respect means equality, and I don't mean the social media's #equality. To me, equality is letting you know how weak I am, equality is asking you, can you take care of me? This is what I've done with my wife and my women friends because I genuinely love them."


The ‘Koyla' actor shared the warning that he gives is 18 year old daughter Suhana Khan," "If a guy meets you and says, ‘Rahul, naam toh suna hoga', he's a stalker. If a boy looks at you across a room at a party and says, ‘Aur paas, aur paas', go kick him in the shins. But in the film, if I'm able to activate an element of innocence and make it attractive, the role gets reinvented by itself."


Shahrukh said that they believe in teaching by example. He further revealed that he has taught his son that some boundaries need to be set and it is absolutely not ok to disrespect others. "I teach my 21-year-old son that disrespecting a person is not okay, and I don't mean beating or the kind of things that #MeToo has brought out. I'm talking about basic respect. I've been married for 30 years - I've never looked into my wife's purse. I still knock on the bedroom door if she's changing; I knock on my daughter's bedroom door. They know it's me, but this is their space."


Known to be bollywood's king of romance, Shahrukh smiles when he confesses," "What is the essence of romance? To make somebody feel it at a particular moment in time. Personally, I'm not like that. If I stood with my arms open and sang a song in front of my wife, probably she'd throw me out of the house."


The ‘Karan Arjun' star's latest release ZERO was not well perceived by the audiences and failed to create the impact that the makers expected it to. The film; directed by Anand L Rai, also featured Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif and released on the 21st of December.