Hindi Cinema superstar and one man entertainment unit, Shah Rukh Khan has an E=mc2 moment
According to me, those who can’t do comedy simply cannot act or perform. My own favourite comedians are Peter Sellers, Johnny Lever and Govinda, who are well-versed with its nuances. Among the actresses, Juhi Chawla and Sridevi have perfect comic timing. We should understand that comedy is one of the most important aspects of acting [‘Those who can’t do comedy, can’t act’]
Our own superstar Mammotty is not known for his comedy roles. If you are asked to name the good comedy movies of Mammotty, you may be able to mention a few, at least few more than the answer to the question: Which are the memorable movies of Sukumaran or Soman.? Yes, off late Mammotty has been showing his comedy and dancing skills in movies like Thuruppu Gulan, and Rajamanikyam, but history won’t remember him as this one man entertainment unit.
Some of the best actors in world cinema, like Sir Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, Anthony Hopkins, Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Jack Nicolson and Tom Hanks are not know for comedy acting. They are known mostly for portraying serious roles with perfection. This statement that people who cannot do comedy cannot act comes from an inherent restriction in Indian cinema which Shah Rukh himself mentions later in the interview.
Our films are mostly like a variety show. You have to have a bit of comedy, bit of romance, bit of action… So I think I had my fill of it though I don’t think I am fantastic at comedy. I am alright [‘Those who can’t do comedy, can’t act’]
If all your life you have been doing vaudeville acts, then the associated Stockholm syndrome can make you think that you need to do everything in a movie to be considered as an actor. There are many movies made in other parts of India (Note to Shah Rukh: Think outside Mumbai), where actors don’t have to do everything in all the movies and people still consider them good actors. Such people go on to win the National Award multiple times. It is a bit ironic that such statements of acting come from a man whose 21st century Rahul and 3rd cenury BC Asoka acts the same way.