Reason behind Shah Rukh Khan’s two-and-a-half hour bath before release of every film revealed

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has revealed why he takes a long bath a day before the release of his films. The 58-year-old actor spoke about this ritual recently at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

Shah Rukh Khan enjoys long baths before the release of his films. Photo courtesy: Free Press Journal.
Actor Shah Rukh Khan. Photo courtesy: Free Press Journal.

SRK said that the long bath ritual and bath-salt dips are ‘deeply satisfying’ for him. “In India, films mostly release on Fridays, so on Thursday evenings, at my home in Mumbai, a day before my movie releases, I give myself a two-and-a-half-hour bath and rinse myself of all my work,” he said.

Never giving up

The actor further stated that irrespective of his film’s fate, he heads back to work with the aim of making better movies.

“You work hard, thinking you made the best of films, and you’re telling the nicest of stories, expecting the world to love it. But you wake up on a Friday morning and the film that you made with so much love, flops. Oftentimes, you don’t like the film that you’re making and those become the biggest hits. We must not forget that you have to say your prayers and go back to work. So, Mondays are dedicated to trying to make better films,” he said.

When said that he doesn’t have to worry about box office numbers, Khan came up with a witty answer: “No, I need money. Bath oils are expensive.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Shah Rukh Khan is currently basking in the success that 2023 brought him. Last year, he cemented his place as the king of box office as he delivered two INR 1000 crore (USD 120 million) hits — Pathaan and Jawan — becoming the first ever Indian actor to do so.

He ended the year with Dunki, which minted over INR 500 crore (USD 60 million) worldwide, and was hailed by critics for its social message. It is currently streaming on an OTT platform.

(The article is published under a mutual content partnership arrangement between The Free Press Journal and Connected to India)