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Shahrukh Khan vs Brad Pitt
Kipp compares two of the world's biggest actors, The King Khan and that other guy.
Shahrukh Khan (Shah Rukh Khan)
The king of Bollywood began his acting career in television; in 1988, he landed the role of Abhimanyu Rai in a popular series called Fauji, and in 1989, he acted as Senior in In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, among others.
In 1992, he made his film debut in as Raj Mathur Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman. He has since made over 70 movies, many of which have been successful. One of his films, the 1995 hit Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, remained in cinemas across India for over 10 years.
His latest project, My Name is Khan, is about racial profiling, making the incident at Newark airport last week ironic. He was travelling to the US to promote his movie, but was detained for questioning as part of routine security checks. Neither Khan nor his estimated 3.5 billion fans reacted well to the incident.
Aside from his 11 Filmfare awards and his numerous nominations, Khan was listed on Newsweek’s list of the world’s most powerful people. He was number 41.
He has also been awarded a number of titles over the years, including India’s Padma Shri in 2005, one of the government’s highest civilian awards.
This category nearly started a riot in Kipp’s headquarters, leaving one journalist foaming at the mouth, and an editor with a suspicious lump on her arm.
Clearly, Khan’s looks don’t appeal to everyone.
But let’s just say it as it is: the man has a substantial schnozzle, and his open shirt policy isn’t sexy. It’s cheesy. So is his my-hair-and-open-shirt-are-blowing-in-the-wind look.
It’s impossible to tell exactly how many people idolize Khan, but according to Time magazine, the king’s got over 3.5 billion fans worldwide. 3.5 billion! He’s the world’s biggest star.
Life in the media
He loves it. He’s been quoted as saying that he loves being mobbed when he’s walking down the street.
It’s only fitting, therefore, that he is featured regularly in Indian gossip magazines. However, Khan insists he is a happily married man (with two kids), and most of the stories published about him are untrue.
Final score: 41
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