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Shah Rukh Khan is the biggest draw in Bollywood and the world's most popular film actor. He shot to stardom in his first feature film "Deewana" (1992) which won him the first of 13 Filmfare awards -- the Bollywood equivalent of an Oscar. Here he talks to CNN about his childhood, family, religion and fame.

CNN: When you were growing up in Delhi did you always aspire to be the star you are today?

SRK: No I never thought of being a movie star. I dabbled in theatre, but I did a lot of things when I was young. Sports, I was into anything. I liked to keep myself busy. Theatre or drama was a part of that. I did a bit semi-professionally in Delhi, and then TV came to India in a big way. Suddenly every actor was called upon to act on TV. So with that I joined TV and became popular. I came down to Mumbai to shoot a TV series but I wasn't that keen on Indian movies. I didn't think I was cut out for it, I didn't think I was good enough. I still don't. So I came for a year to give it a shot. My parents died early so I was sad in Delhi. I said to myself: Ok, come here for a change of scene. Maybe I'll enjoy myself for a year and get over my depression of my parents death. But I just I couldn't go back. I came for a year and I couldn't go back. I was never trying to be a movie star, I became one by chance. Read full article »