In an industry like Bollywood, it is difficult for an actor to escape from the pangs of controversies. And a superstar like Shah Rukh Khan is no exception. Although the magnanimity of his controversies do not include killing people or being arrested (read, Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt), the issues he has been involved in have stirred up the entire nation.
The famous “Khan” rivalry between Shah Rukh and Salmanbegan after the former passed wrong remarks about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party in 2008. Ever since, the so-called ‘brothers’ of Bollywood have never faced each other in public dos, nor have they attempted to get things right between them. In fact, both of them continue to dig at each other, giving us enough news to gossip about!
Another friend-turned-foe of the Baadshah of Bollywood is Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan. Things went sour between the two when Aamir mentioned in his blog that his dog named Shah Rukh was licking at his feet and he was feeding it biscuits ‘every now and then’.
SRK invited the wrath of political party Shiv Sena when he expressed his desire to see Pakistani players in the cricket series IPL Season III. The idea was criticized for being biased towards people of his religion Islam. The controversy was so stirred up that the political party threatened to stop his film ‘My Name is Khan’ from releasing.
The superstar has been detained at international airports twice. He was earlier detained in New Jersey in August 2009 because of his surname ‘Khan’. Later, everyone at the airport understood that ‘his name is Khan, and he is not a terrorist.’ More recently, he was detained at New York airport along with Nita Ambani, but was given clearance much later than industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s wife.
Despite the beautiful pairing of SRK with actresses like Kajol, Madhuri, Rani and Preity, he had never been linked with any of them. But recently, SRK and co-star Priyanka Chopra were rumored to have been involved in an alleged affair, and Gauri Khan, the First Lady of Bollywood, surely didn’t accept this well. What followed was a series of sour remarks on PC from filmmaker Karan Johar and loss of work for her. Gauri avoided her at many social gatherings, and so did SRK!
The most recent brawl involving SRK is the incident at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium during IPL V. The actor has been banned from attending the matches in that stadium for the next five years after he allegedly misbehaved with MCA officials.
King Khan and controversies have a long way to go, and we will eagerly wait for the next gossip to keep us going!