Inside Shah Rukh Khan’s modest first home before fame: the three bedroom flat the Bollywood star used to call home is a far cry from his current US$26 million Mannat mansion ...
In the interview, Khan said he got nervous shooting with well-known Bollywood stars because he had grown up watching them. He said that money was not important to him because he was aware that wealth could be temporary. For him, acting was the most important thing – and not because of the lavish homes and cars that came along with making the big bucks. He admitted that life is indeed easier with money, but insisted his ambitions weren’t about wealth.
A simple life
His humble attitude is reflected in the first property he bought. Back in 1997, the Khans were living in a small flat in the Bandra area. The flat was on the seventh floor and was sea-facing.
According to Times of India, in 2013, the film star rented out the three bedroom flat located in the Shree Amrit Apartments, asking around US$4,000 in rent. A hefty price when compared to other flats in the area at the time, reported the publication.
Times of India also reported that a property dealer in the area said the high figure could be requested because the property belonged to the film star and, within just one day of the flat being advertised, he had been inundated with requests about it. He said that properties with the same amount of space normally went for half the price, so his fame clearly boosted the price tag.
Times of India reported that the flat was Khan’s first property purchase in the city. According to the publication, a resident said Khan used to drive around in a red Pajero and the couple had their first child, Aryan, while living in the flat. It’s rumoured the actor has never wanted to sell the house because he believes it’s a good luck charm of sorts.
Just the basics
Their love of books
During the brief tour Khan gave of his home to Garewal, the couple showed their love of reading with a shelf heaped with books, creating a mini library of sorts. It was comprised of three shelving units and was full of different genres.
- In the 90s before they moved to Mumbai, Khan and his wife Gauri lived in a sea-facing flat in Bandra – and even welcomed their first son, Aryan, while living there
- Khan rented out the property for a whopping US$4,000 in 2013 – almost double the average cost for the area at the time – but his fame got him plenty of requests