Making a pitch for women power, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan wants filmmakers to scroll name of actresses first in the credit roll on big screens and feels that they are yet to get their due.
"I would like to request to all that the name of heroines should appear first while giving credits. We would start this with 'Chennai Express'. Deepika's name comes first. She is quite excited about it," SRK told reporters here last night.
"I would request others also to do it. I know this will not make a huge difference but may be a change in mindset will happen... I am looking to make a point," he said.
The 47-year-old also feels it's unfair that winning actors take all the applause in the end of an award function.
"Even at award functions the announcement of the best actor is lauded. Why not have actress award in the last. I know this all will not change (anything) but at least a point will be made," he said.
His comments come in the wake of a short film based on the pertinent issue of people's attitude towards women for Tata Tea's 'Jaago Re' platform.
Its first of its kind in Indian cinema and 'Paa' director R Balki has helmed it.
"When Balki asked me about it I readily agreed as I liked the concept. I jumped at the idea and shot for it soon," SRK said.
This is for the very first time that the director and actor have come together for a short film on a social cause. The duo recently shot it at Panchgani. It will release tomorrow on International Womens' Day.
Shah Rukh also felt that actresses don't get due credit. "I have worked with Hemaji, Madhuri, Sridevi, Juhi, Deepika, Anushka and several others. They all work hard and are better. Also be it women directors, producers, choreographers and other women in my field I am inspired by all," he said.
"Women are the backbone in my field of work. But they don't get due credit," he said.
Shah Rukh prefers to call actresses as actors. "I feel in all the fims that I have produced till now heroines have better and important role to play. And that is why we have tough time to select our heroine," he said.The star has worked with women directors like Hema and Farah and he is still keen to work with more."I would love to work with women directors. If we had more women directors it would have been great. I feel they make actors look good on screen," he said.
But King Khan is not game for making women centric films."I would like not to make any centric films. I want to make good films irrespective of whether men or women have prominent part in my home production films. I will not make any demarcation," he said.
Shah Rukh Khan wants his 12-year-old daughter Suhana to become a film actress when she grows up. "I hope she (Suhana) becomes an actress. I want to see her on big screen. I am proud of my daughter. I would love
to see her as an actress," SRK said.
The superstar is often seen tweeting about his children - son Aryan and daughter Suhana - who are seen accompanying him for IPL matches.
On John Abraham's desire to direct SRK, he said, "John is really a sweet and nice guy. He is a fantastic person. He has discussed about his directorial plans and that he wants to direct me. He has it all in his head and is clear about it.
"If he has something good to offer me when he is directing it, I will do it. If the film and my role is good and if I fit in... then why not," he said. Both SRK and John were to team up for Farah Khan's dream project 'Happy New Year'. But John could not be part of the film.