Amitabh Bachchan inspired millions but he got inspired by Dilip Kumar to enter films. He looked to become as accomplished and as influential actor as Dilip Kumar throughout his career and he still admits that he feels that he has a lot more yards to cover to reach where Dilip Saab stands as an actor.
Shah Rukh Khan, who is celebrating his birthday today, looked at films as his career opportunity because he couldn't make it as a hockey player.
After entering the Industry, he looked at the people like Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan as inspiration. He took good care about becoming a brand and his inherent quality to love everyone and respect all, made him a friend to each one in Industry.
His famous friendship with Yash Chopra, Yash Johar were key in his success and also in the success story of two big studios of Indian Cinema - YRF and Dharma Productions.
Karan Johar became a director because of him changing Dharma Productions fate forever with Kuch Kuch Hota Hain. It is due to SRK's charisma that Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge became such a classical hit giving Aditya Chopra all means to expand an established production house like Yash Raj Films into a studio, as a writer, director and producer while Yash Chopra continued to make films.
His global level acceptance has opened market for Indian Cinema in countries other than Russia and Middle East which were good markets for Hindi Cinema opened by Raj Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan films.
SRK's family and romantic films touched the hearts of UK, USA, West Europe, African countries, South-Eastern Nations and East Europe as well.
Big B did have good following in UK and USA, but among Indian diaspora only during his peak power. SRK could penetrate into true foreigners and even in China he has a fan club dedicated to spread his films.
One of his fan came forward to establish SRK Universe uniting all his fans all over the world and we can see the fan activities organised by SRK Universe and different branches of it in various countries on social media without any doubt.
Indian Cinema history will remember him as the first true global Superstar or influential actor from Indian origin without any doubt. May be that is the reason, his fans have set records on social media even when he seems to be finding bad scripts and delivering flops.
We hope the star and actor bounces back with vengeance, good content to appease his fans and value their trust on him. Happy Birthday SRK!