By “we”, he meant the audience. Salman Khan was also asked this question and his reply was the same. So both Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan think that the audience enjoy seeing 50+ men with 20+ heroines? That’s not true at all. As for Shah Rukh, he knows when to use his supposedly old heroines well.
When he had to go to war against Sanjay Leela Bhansali 2 years back, he knew the only way to win with his comedy film, ‘Dilwale’, was to bring back Kajol. We think Shah Rukh doesn’t really care about those, who are not able to make him money. And also the fact that they are conscious that working with their “old” heroines will make them look old on screen. It’s like they do in the South!
What’s worst is that the Khans are older than the so-called “old” heroines they used to work with. If they act with them, they won’t be able to play young characters, they will have to act their age.
Maybe it’s something that actors have: they don’t want to act their age on screen because they want to stay young in their audience’s mind. Anyways, enough from us. Check out what Shah Rukh has to say on working with his “old” heroines.
Shah Rukh Khan Interview on Karisma, Madhuri, Sridevi and Juhi
Shah Rukh on why he doesn’t act with them anymore
Madhuri, Juhi and Kajol are such beautiful women and wonderful actors. I’m a star because of them; they’ve taught me all that I know. Whenever I can, I try to get them to act in my movies. But we have to realise that this is a business at the end of the day, however much you may think it’s a creative field. It pays the bills. It’s a dichotomy in many ways.
Shah Rukh on films are art
Films are an art; you can call it art that is tacky, fantastic, offbeat, edgy, superb, not-understandable – but it’s art. Yet, this art is not based on how beautiful the outcome is like how a Monalisa is judged purely on her smile. Market forces define the art of cinema. A majority of the audience wants to see younger people. People define what they want to watch and the filmmakers follow suit.