Best Actor: Shahrukh Khan for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
I had no doubts that I would win the award. I also had
no doubts about my role in the film. Kajol was truly the hero of the
film. Like I said in my acceptance speech, Yash Johar is the perfect
example of the maxim: Try and try till you succeed. He got it right
after 35 years in the industry. And what a way, he got it right! I don't
mean to sound boastful but when he had first signed me up, I had
promised Tom uncle (Yash Johar) that I'd give him the biggest hit of his
Now, I'm sure he'll make even better films than KKHH. As an actor, I'm
proud of the moment in KKHH where I go up on stage and complete my
daughter's speech about what a mother means to all of us. I know what it
feels like to lose someone who's more dear to you than anyone in the
With Kajol, I knew that I could recreate some of our Dilwale Dulhania Le
Jayenge magic. She understands me as an actor. I loved my scene with her
on the bench. I loved the dumb charade scene, too, where I tell her that
I love her. I created that moment.
I love the basket-ball sequences in the beginning as well as towards the
end. There was an element of the erotic about those scenes.
I think Kuch Kuch... made everyone in the audience want to fall in love,
lose their loved one and finally find them again. Anyone who has faced
rejection will know what I'm talking about. I may not agree with the
film. KKHH is not my kind of film. But I know it works.
I was struck by Karan Johar's convictions. I just hope that success
doesn't go to his head. He should get out of the stereotype and make
films with a difference. My award for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was for my
blood, sweat and tears for 1998. The award was for my entire body of
work during the year - Dil Se, Duplicate and finally Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
Seven years, seven awards. I couldn't possibly ask for more.