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Do's and Don'ts for Shahrukh Khan on his 48th birthday: From a professional, who tried but failed to keep her personal feelings out
We all say that age is just a number when we start going downhill, but for a Bollywood actor age is a big factor as his stardom depends on it. We can count the actors in our fingertips, who have retained their 'leading-man' status after 45 years. Today Shahrukh Khan turns 48 years and with his latest film Chennai Express, he has proved that he is the undisputed King of Bollywood. However, to keep his fickle fame intact I have a few suggestion for him (although I know that he won't appreciate it) but being his ardent fan, it is my responsibility to pen it down.

First and foremost SRK stop making films like Chennai Express. Sure, it makes a lot of money and you earn your fair share but does it really further your career? Chennai Express was all about Deepika Padukone and she did a commendable job, while you looked like you were going through a midlife crisis- fighting for the young girl.

Most importantly, at this point of your career, when you have enough money, one should choose quality over quantity and you have proven over the years that you have quality. Films like Chak De India, Swades and even Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna would always rank high for me and I just hope that good sense prevails and we see sensible movies from you. You owe it to the industry, which gave you so much!

Secondly, please improve your PR skills. True, I can't for the world of me fathom what it must be to be SRK for the world and have everyone have an opinion (case in point this article) for you. But since you are there and you are in the public eye, stop sulking about it and be happy with what you are. You are allowed to lose it once in a while but if things happen consistently then there is a problem. So let your PR team do the bouncer activities and let them take care of the nasty side of business.

Get a better speech writer, please. From your innumerable interviews that I have watched an read, to the articles that you wrote, it all proves one point that you have a fertile mind and a great sense of humour. So use that while giving speeches and representing yourself in important ceremonies. One can get inspired (as I always do) from someone else, but why not make a forgettable speech into the best one with those inspirations and your own words?

Be kinder to journalists. We are doing our work and it is true that you need us, as we need you. I once heard a journalist ask you a question about box office number and you replied in a patronizing tone that you know few things and that she knows even less about numbers. Who knows, she might have been told to ask that question by her editor to you.

I love the fact that you are a wonderful dad. I know, you don't need a nobody telling you that but I just love the way you treat your kids and that more parents could be as secular, warm and friendly. So keep it up (I don't criticize everything).

You have an amazing sense of style. It has certainly improved from your Fauji days so don't fire your personal stylist as they are doing a hell of a job. Black suits you the best.

Lastly, age is truly a number for you as you have reinvented yourself over the years and I know it will continue over the years. We would see you leading the film industry for many more years.

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