Shah Rukh Khan was recently at the 10th edition of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. The superstar was invited to the film festival as the chief guest. His last film, Zero, that hit the screens in December 2019, underwhelmed at the box office.
At the film festival, SRK opened up about taking a break from acting. “I just finished the last film I made and to put it lightly, it was a disaster. I said to myself that let me enjoy a little bit of un-success as I had success for so long. So I have taken some time off for next four or five months. As a matter of fact, I’m on these breaks... Coming here (Melbourne) and meeting people, realising and discovering new stories, doing intellectual speaking.”
He added, "What drives me to do a film is the people around me who make such a great cinema... And I think I have a huge amount of capacity to do some really good cinema. I have 20-25 years of good cinema left in me.”
Shah Rukh was conferred with an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters by the Melbourne-based La Trobe University, in recognition of his efforts to support underprivileged children, fight for women’s empowerment through Meer Foundation and his contributions and achievements in the Indian film industry.
On a related note, he has signed a three-project contract with Netflix under which his production house, Red Chillies Entertainment, has produced Bard Of Blood, Class of ’83 and Betaal. Emraan Hashmi starrer Bard Of Blood will start streaming on Netflix on September 27.