Shah Rukh Khan and Bollywood are synonyms to the millions and millions of people in the world. The superstar undoubtedly enjoys a huge fan following in India but he has an astonishing amount of fans in overseas too. The way people lap up Bollywood films in Overseas is overwhelming and raises a question, “What makes Bollywood so popular in the world?”
During a recent interaction with SRK, Rajeev Masand asked him the same question and he gave a really interesting answer. SRK called his answer an “Honest Truth” and with a big smile on his face said that every 5th person in the world is Indian and we are very friendly people. So an Indian makes 10 friends and then takes them to films which increases our cinema’s reach 10 times.
He further added that we have a very unique cinema and that has kind of outlasted Hollywood (not take yet, it isn’t a danger now). Our cinema has stood the test of time, uniquely local.
He also said that all the other films referring to European films have gone down. Giving a disclaimer that he shouldn’t say this, he said that a lot of countries which have great filmmakers have gone down because Hollywood has taken over. “We are not, we’re making popular films in India, because ours is extremely unique. So even if Marvel Comics does well here, you’ll never see Iron Man singing, ‘Lungi dance’, it’s not gonna happen. So the uniqueness apart from the songs, makes it very relevant to India. And then again if you are 1.3 billion people, that relevance holds a lot more water than if you were just only 25 million people.” he concluded while also mentioning the emotional factors that are always there in our films.
Well, we do agree with what SRK said here. What do you think?