Bollywood films don't always need a song and dance: Shah Rukh Khan

Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:04pm EDT
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By Serena Chaudhry

LONDON (Reuters) - The Indian film industry is changing and films no longer have to have a song and dance sequence to be successful, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said on Wednesday.

Khan, who was in London on a brief visit to promote his latest film, told Reuters in an interview that while "Fan" had a theme song, it did not actually feature in the movie and had been used purely for trailers.

"The younger filmmakers and everyone, they know that, you know, we don’t need to just shove in a song anymore," he said.

"I don’t think it’s going to take away. It’ll take a lot of time to take the songs out of us, but every film will have a different requirement,” he said.

Bollywood films traditionally have had complex musical scores and film makers have rarely resisted the temptation to insert a song and dance sequence into a film. Some films' success rates have been dependent more on the music than the plot.

Khan’s latest film, which is being released globally on Friday, sees the actor playing a double role in which a lookalike fan is obsessed with a film star.

On Wednesday, Khan revealed a waxwork model dressed as the lookalike fan, Gaurav, at Madame Tussauds museum in central London.

When asked if he had ever met his lookalike in person, he said many fans often dressed like him.   Continued...

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan (L) poses with a waxwork model of himself at Madame Tussauds in London, Britain April 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Hannah McKay