One of the biggest Bollywood heartthrobs of the past decade, Shah Rukh Khan is the son of a renowned freedom fighter. Khan took an interest in theater while in high school and began performing in plays soon after graduation. He soon got work in television, and starred in a number of popular series before making the leap into feature films with Deewana, which was the first in a string of blockbusters that established him as one of India's most bankable stars. After starring in many films throughout the 1990s, Khan began branching out into other aspects of the movie industry, starting his own production company to produce Santosh Sivan's Asoka, in which Khan played the title role, among other films.
Biography by Tom Vick
- Was christened Abdul Rehman by his maternal grandmother, but the registration of that name never happened.
- Was adopted by his maternal grandmother and spent around 6 years in Bengaluru with her before his mother decided to bring him back to the family in Delhi.
- His father named him Shah Rukh, which means one who has the face of a prince; his father had already named his sister Lala Rukh.
- Played hockey while in school and participated in many sports activities. An injury put a stop to his career in sports and that is when he took up acting.
- Made his TV debut in 1988 with the series Fauji.
- Barry John taught him acting and cast him in his first play In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones in 1989.
- Landed in Mumbai after his mother's death, and signed up for five films in a single day.
- Deewana (1992) was his first film to be released in theatres.
- Founded a film production house Red Chillies Entertainments in 2002.
- Since 2008, has co-owned the T20 cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.
- Has been involved with various charities and done a lot of humanitarian work. He has attempted to keep his charity work from the public eye, due to his religious beliefs and selflessness.