Idiots like me imitate Dilip Kumar: Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan, whose Don 2 released in December 2011, is often compared to stalwarts who worked in the originals. Shah Rukh Khan has acted in Devdas’ remake and also in the Don remake. When he came to launch the dialogue book of Devdas, he was asked to imitate Amitabh Bachchan and deliver a dialogue from Don 2 the way Big B would have.
And the next request was that Shah Rukh deliver a dialogue from Devdas the way Dilip Kumar (who acted in the original Devdas) would’ve. While Shah Rukh began with his clarification, “Amitji is a legend and he is our inspiration. His work was far and way better than ours. What we tried to do was simply attempt.” Shah Rukh then went on to imitate Amitabh.
When he was asked to imitate Dilip Kumar, after much coaxing, he said in typical Dilip Kumar style, “Kisi bhi kambakhat ki yeh himmat nahin hoti ki Dilip saab ko copy karein, aur jo bhi copy karte hain woh Idiots hote hain, mere jaise…” (Nobody has the guts to imitate Dilip saab, and whoever does they are idiots, like me!)