Never seen such passion! Kingship prevails, Pakistanis swear by Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh also respects his fans settled across the border. Shah Rukh had said in an interview, “We speak the same language. This exchange is very important, because we have the same background and I hope it will continue.”

Whenever the tension in the relations between India and Pakistan increases, its effect is visible directly or indirectly on Bollywood. Pakistani artists are opposed in Bollywood films and Indian films in Pakistan. But it is also true that seeing the same speech, same face and common culture on the screen, the hatred in the hearts becomes lighter. Perhaps that is why even after having a million controversies, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan does not hesitate to save the ancestral homes of two big stars of Indian cinema, Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar. Even the kingship of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has not been able to be tied in the shackles of these borders.

Perhaps only then a crazy person is not afraid to cross the strict safe border of India-Pakistan even just for the sight of SRK. After the beating retreat at the Bagha-Attari border, Shah Rukh’s crazy Abdullah crosses the zero line and tells the Indian security forces that he has to see the King of Bollywood. Well, due to coming to India illegally, his wish is not fulfilled, but the poor man has to stay in jail for 22 months. However, when he returns to his country, it is only because of his efforts that he is welcomed with flower garlands.

Journalist Shivendra Singh has also shared an anecdote related to Shahrukh’s craze in his book LOC – Love of Cricket. While on his way to cover the story of a Shiv temple in Peshawar, he met a taxi driver. He tells that he was sitting in the taxi to go to the temple and saw that the whole taxi was decorated with pictures of Shahrukh Khan. In his own words, “All Shah Rukh’s films that were released till 2004 probably had pictures. In the pictures, Raju became the Gentleman’s Raju, Darr’s Rahul was also there. Raj of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Shankar of Koyla were also shining in the pictures. The stories of all these films, the role of King Khan, everything was remembered by the taxi driver.

Describing this incident, Shivendra Singh further writes, “When we told that we are from India, the taxi driver’s eyes were torn apart. In the name of Hindustan, he felt as if we and Shahrukh were friends with cut teeth, Shahrukh this… Shahrukh that. Then all the way, the talk of Shahrukh kept happening. When we got down from the taxi and took out the purse, the taxi driver said – swear by Shahrukh Khan, we have earned a lot of money… will not take money from you. We kept asking to take money, but Pathan swore by Shahrukh Khan and then ate it. Then when Pathan reminded us, we also remembered that brother, we are in Peshawar… in Peshawar. Shahrukh Khan’s father Taj Mohammad Khan was from Peshawar.

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He says that the taxi driver swore to Shahrukh Khan 2-3 times during the conversation. When Pathan used to make a comment in the name of Shahrukh Khan, then understand that the fun used to be doubled. Shahrukh also respects his fans settled across the border. Shah Rukh had said in an interview, “We speak the same language. This exchange is very important, because we have a similar background and I hope it continues.”