Far from being the ?conventionally handsome? actor, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has, over the years, emerged as the gold standard of romance in Hindi films. Despite ruling the roost, Khan’s life hasn’t been a bed of roses.
On Khan’s 55th birthday today, we bring you an incident, where he was ready to take a bullet for his friend and filmmaker Karan Johar.
Johar, in his autobiography An Unsuitable Boy, mentioned an incident that took place while filming Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (released in 1998) where he got a threat call from underworld don Abu Salem and how SRK stood by him like a rock.
Read the excerpt mentioned in Karan Johars book here:
On Monday, we were writing out the cards, dispatching them through production. My maasi had come to the house to help us. I went down to drop her. My mother was alone at home, even the servants were not there, all of them had gone out. The phone rang. My mother picked it up, and it was a call from the underworld. A man’s voice said, Your son’s wearing a red T-shirt, I can see him right now. And we’re going to shoot him if you release this film on Friday.?
“For some reason, they didn’t want the film to be released that Friday; we didn’t know why. It was a call from Abu Salem, and my mother was shaking with terror. She put the phone down and ran towards the door. She pressed the lift number, and I was coming up. As I came up those nine floors, she was going through really tough moments.
When I reached, she just dragged me to the room and said, ‘You have to call the cops. This call has come and they said they’re going to shoot you, they don’t want you to release your film this Friday…'”
“That evening, my father, Shah Rukh, the cops, Adi, everybody was there. The cops advised us, ‘We will protect you but you have to go ahead. You can’t show your fear. You have to have the premiere on Thursday.’
By my mother said, ‘What does this mean?’
We were a simple family. We’d never had the underworld calling us to stop the release of a film. We’d never dreamt that something like this could even happen to us.
My mother said, ‘We don’t want all this nonsense.'”
They had the premiere anyway, but Karan was put in a small room with two security guards for his protection. He writes about how he always dreamed about Shammi Kapoor coming out of a car to attend the premiere of his film. His mother knew this, and was very upset that Karan wouldn’t get to witness that. She told Shah Rukh Khan about this.
Karan writes, “Shah Rukh said, ‘What nonsense!’ He went inside and dragged me out. He said, ‘I’m standing here in front of you. Let’s see who shoots you. I’m standing right here.'”
“I said, ‘No, no, no, my mother was…’ He told my mother, ‘Nothing’s gonna happen. I’m a Pathan. Nothing can happen to me and nothing will happen to your son. He’s like my brother. Nothing’s gonna happen.'”
In a separate incident, Shah Rukh had to also deal with threatening calls from gangsters Abu Salem and Chota Shakeel, among others. In a book written by Anupama Chopra ? The King of Bollywood, she spoke about how Khan braved the underworld.
An unflinching Khan had once told Salem, who wanted him to work in a film by a certain producer who was close to the gangster, said, I don’t tell you who to shoot so don’t tell me which film to do.
It was during the shooting of Dil To Pagal Hai (released in 1997), Khan had got these threat calls.
When Khan got a call from Salem, he asked, Who’s this. Khan’s question invited volley of abuses in Hindi.
Khan chose to be polite as he continued to speak in English. Following the incident, Mumbai Police provided the actor with security.
Raju Shrivastava struggles for life, continues to be unconscious for 48 hours
India’s leading stand-up comedian Raju Shrivastava has not regained consciousness for past 48 hours as he has been struggling for life at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.
He was admitted to the hospital, after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest while running on the treadmill in a gym on Wednesday. His condition remains to be critical as his brain has got damaged due to the heart attack. He underwent angioplasty, after which he hasn’t regained consciousness till now.
Comedian Ahsaan Qurehshi said, “The doctors have asked to wait and watch as he is under observation in the ICU. A few hours ago, the doctors shared that Raju made some slight movements but his brain isn’t functioning completely and is unresponsive.”
The 59-year-old comedian suffered a mild heart attack on Wednesday morning while working out at a gym in New Delhi. His team confirmed the same while saying, “Raju sir suffered a mild heart attack while working out. He is admitted to AIIMS, but he is doing fine. He is conscious.”
Reportedly Raju felt uncomfortable and collapsed while running on a treadmill in a South Delhi gym. He was immediately rushed to AIIMS.
Ranveer Singh nude photoshoot: Complaint filed against actor for ‘hurting sentiments of women’
Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh recently broke the internet when pictures of his nude photoshoot for a magazine surfaced on social media. While many criticized the actor for the photoshoot, several celebs and netizens came in support of Ranveer’s bold move.
It is now being reported that a complaint has been filed against the actor with Mumbai Police for ‘hurting sentiments of women’ with the photoshoot.
A part of the complaint read, “Last week, we saw many nude photographs were clicked in such a manner that any make or female will feel ashamed about it.”
The complains further read: “These kinds of acts should be opposed strongly, as it is not being opposed then second and third rank actors will also follow the same path for getting cheap publicity which will result in a worst condition. This act of the accused person created shame in the eyes of the women at large and publishing and transmitting sexually explicit material.”
The complaint has been filed against Ranveer under section 67A of the IT Act along with sections 292, 293, 354 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code for hurting sentiments and insult the modesty of women.
Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain actor Deepesh Bhan passes away
Actor Deepesh Bhan, who played the role of Malkhan in the popular television show Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain, passed away on July 23 (Saturday) morning at the age of 41. The sudden death of the actor has come as a shock to not only his fans but also those part of TV industry.
Actor Rohitashiv Gour, who is a crucial part of the show and was also close to Deepesh told Etimes: “Our call time for the show was little late today. So I think after his gym, he went to a cricket ground to play cricket. It is part of his fitness routine. But while playing the sport, he suddenly collapsed and fell. It has come as a big shock to all of us. He was someone who was led a healthy lifestyle, he was a fitness enthusiast. I don’t know how to express what I am feeling. We all are at his home currently, the entire team of the show.”
In shock, gutted ,pained with the news of Deepesh Bhan passing away at the age of 41 yesterday, a very important cast member in f.i.r , Was a fit guy who never drank/smoked or did anything to harm his health, left behind a wife n one year old child and parents and us all 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/FVkaZFT3bI
— Kavita Kaushik (@Iamkavitak) July 23, 2022