During Jagran Film Festival, Shah Rukh Khan’s acting mentor Barry John said that he wants no credit for making Shah Rukh Khan a superstar.
John said, “I didn’t create Shah Rukh Khan and I take no credit for that.”
In an interview, Barry was asked about his thoughts on the same, to which he replied, “It’s a fact. We came together, we worked in theatre together for a while. It was mostly enjoyable and beneficial to both of us. But then he moved on, he is on another planet now. I don’t have any communication with him.”
Notable Bollywood stars like Manoj Bajpayee, Frieda Pinto, Richa Chadha, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan among others have been trained under Barry John.
Barry finds nothing wrong in young actors having different aspirations.
He said, “We dislike change. We love the status quo. Change implies insecurity. But it is a fact that the world keeps on changing. If things change, the art, culture changes so do topics of films. “People get surprised ‘oh the acting has changed or the nature of people has changed.’ It will obviously change and will keep on changing.”
Speaking about whether stardom can spoil a good actor, he said, “it’s a necessary evil” but it should not overshadow other aspects of filmmaking. “It’s there in the world of sports as well, with the Messis and the Ronaldos. They are good players but they don’t make a team. They need good support of other players to win. It’s the same in our work… We learn in theatre, if you’re in a play, everyone is as important as the main lead. We are a team. In cinema, that somehow has gotten lost.”