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Shah Rukh Khan: His early life, marriage, family background

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan popularly known as ‘Badshah’, ‘King Khan’, grew up in the Rajendra Nagar neighbourhood of Delhi. His father had several business ventures including a restaurant, and the family lived a middle-class life in rented apartments. Shah Rukh Khan attended St. Columba’s School in central Delhi where he excelled in his studies and in sports such as hockey and football.


He received the school’s highest award, the Sword of Honour.In his youth, he acted in stage plays and received praise for his imitations of Bollywood actors, of which his favourites were Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Mumtaz. One of his childhood friends and acting partners was Amrita Singh, who became a Bollywood actress.


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Shah Rukh Khan enrolled at Hansraj College (1985–88) to earn his bachelor’s degree in Economics, but spent much of his time at Delhi’s Theatre Action Group (TAG), where he studied acting under the mentorship of theatre director Barry John. After Hansraj, he began studying for a master’s degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, but left to pursue his acting career.


He married Gauri Chibber, after marriage name changed to Gauri Khan is a Punjabi Hindu, in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony on 25 October 1991, after a six-year courtship. They have a son Aryan (born 1997) and a daughter Suhana (born 2000). In 2013, they became parents of a third child named AbRam, who was born through a surrogate mother. According to Khan, while he strongly believes in Islam, he also values his wife’s religion. His children follow both religions; at home the Qur’an is situated next to the Hindu deities.

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