Well, here is a surprising news for Shahrukh Khan fans. More importantly for six crore Kannadigas. Yes, our Bollywood superstar used to speak Kannada at one point of time. We are not saying this but the King Khan, who is fully charged up for the release of his prestigious film Chennai Express, has himself opened up on the same.
As we all know, Shahrukh Khan has a strong South connection. He had revealed before that his mother was working in Bangalore. But little less we know about his past, his stay in Mangalore and family's strong connection with Karnataka. Speaking to a leading daily, he has revealed about his interesting past.
In his words, Shahrukh Khan's mother used to speak all four major South Indian languages (Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam). His grandpa was working in Mangalore Port as the Karnataka State Chief Engineer, who was the first Oxford-educated engineer. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...
Brought Up In Mangalore
Yes, Shahrukh Khan himself has said that he was born in Mangalore. "I was born and brought up in Mangalore till the age of five," the Times of India quoted the actor as saying.
His Grandpa Looked After Him
Circumstances made his parents bring him up at his grandfather's place in Mangalore. His maternal aunts and his nani looked after him till he was five.
When Shahrukh Khan Used To Speak In Kannada
During his stay in Mangalore, Shahrukh Khan used to speak in Kannada. The actor was conversing with the local language with his servants.
The End Of Kannada Speaking Days
However, his mother took him back with her when he was five as she missed him badly. And it was the end of his Kannada speaking days.
Shahrukh Spoke A Few Sentences In Kannada
Well, Shahrukh Khan had spoken a few sentences in Kannada in Bangalore during one of the promotional events of his Ra.One.
Shahrukh Khan had started his speech by greeting his fans with a 'Namaskaara'! He used Kannada words and phrases like 'Bengaluru Chennagidhe' (Bangalore is a beautiful city), 'Oota Aayitha?' (Had your lunch?) and 'Chennagidhdheera' (How are you, are you okay?)
Chennai Express Set For Release
Meanwhile, Shahrukh Khan is gearing up for the release of his much-hyped Chennai Express, which is releasing worldwide on August 8.
Our Own Deepika
Chennai Express stars our own Deepika Padukone, who started her acting career in Kannada film Aishwarya starring Upendra.
Southies In Chennai Express
It has to be noted that most of the cast and crew in Chennai Express are from South India. To name a few, director Rohit Shetty, Priyamani and Tamil actor Sathyaraj are part of the movie.
Story Set In South
The story of Chennai Express is set in South India. It is about a man's journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram and what happens along the way after he falls in love with the daughter of a local don.