The A to Z of Shah Rukh Khan controversies

shahrukh-khan-2380411_640A for Amitabh Bachchan

One is the Shahenshah and one is the Badshaah. And of course, it’s impossible for them to get along. Or so the grapevine would have us believe. There’s a cold war that keeps brewing and we keep getting the details. One such was when Jaya Bachchan called Happy New Year a nonsensical film and that got SRK mad and Amitabh had to apologize.

A is also for Abhijeet who once declared that he wouldn’t sing for SRK ever again as he didn’t get enough respect to him. You could say that Abhijeet’s playback career got cut short after that. He only came back in the limelight when he became a strong supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.

barber-2165745_640B for Billu Barber

This one defied logic. If the hero of a movie is called Billu and is a barber, then what else can one call the movie? But barbers of the world (or rather India) found it derogatory and the film had to be renamed to Billu.

C for Chalte Chalte

It was reported that due to a fracas between Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan on the sets of the film, the former was sacked from the movie and replaced with Rani Mukerji. Years later SRK wasn’t invited to the marriage of Aishwarya at the Amitabh household.

D for Dilwale

This comes straight after I for Intolerance. SRK got into the whole #AwardWapsi controversy and Twitter started trending #BoycottDilwale. SRK pleaded T for Tolerance before the movie but the damage was done. People protested with banners and continued the campaign. One trade analyst said the film made losses to the tune of Rs 50-60 crores for distributors and hence could be called his biggest flop ever.

That set SRK back, but the flop of Fan hurt him even more. Thanks to all this, the release of Raees was pushed from Eid 2016 to Republic Day 2017. With Raees having Pakistani Mahira Khan, it could still release to a major controversy.

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D is also for Deepa Sahi. Remember Maya Memsaab in 1993? That had generated a lot of controversy over the sexually explicit content. The censor board cut some scenes, which made their way to YouTube years later.

E for the Eyes of Amar Singh

At an awards show, SRK joked that he saw “darindagi” (evil) in erstwhile Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh’s eyes. Amitabh was miffed and SP partymen agitated in front of SRK’s home.

F for Farah Khan

When Farah decided to do her 3rd movie without SRK, all manner of reports came of a split between the two. The superstar later clarified that it was a date problem and nothing else. Since then SRK and Farah Khan have patched up and made Happy New Year. However then Jaya called the film nonsensical.

F is also for foetal test. A report appeared that SRK and Gauri went in for a foetal sex test during pregnancy and there was even a probe into those allegations!

G for Gay

The SRK-Saif Ali Khan gay act in Kal Ho Na Ho was a big hit and the acting continued well into award shows. That led some people to spread rumours that he was gay in the first place. To be fair, the duo sportingly carried on this theme while hosting a film award show.

H for Hosting film award shows

When the King Khan hosts a film award, then it can’t be normal. At the Filmfare awards, he and Saif took potshots at everyone: critics, the film industry, themselves… Not everyone was amused though.

H is also for Pakistani terrorist Pakistani Hafiz who invited SRK to Pakistan after a controversial write-up in Outlook magazine. Declared SRK: I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India. I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country.

I for IPL

After failing to get Mumbai, SRK landed with Kolkata in his kitty. Since then it was been trouble with Dada Sourav Ganguly, coach John Buchanan, irate fans, bottom of the table performances, Pak players controversy and initially they didn’t even reach the semis. G is also for (Sunil) Gavaskar. This is what the cricketing legend had to say about Buchanan: A failed former cricketer making a living telling international players to do what he couldn’t do. Needless to say SRK wasn’t amused. Since then KKR has won the IPL twice, though winning captain Gautam Gambhir soon found himself out of the national team.

J for Junk Food Actors

burger-2167270_640In the 1990s, he once made certain remarks about “junk food actors” which allegedly referred to action stars Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty. The comments were subsequently totally denied and everything was fine between the three.

K for Khan Wars

It is impossible for the Three Big Khans to get along. Bollywood is simply too small for Salman, Aamir and SRK. Either they are not on talking terms or are cold to each other at parties and meets. Aamir even once got into the mood and questioned SRK’s No. 1 status followed by the below-the-belt comment on his blog that a dog called Shah Rukh was licking his legs. The love-hate relationship between the three Khans continues. There was that famous SRK-Salman hug though.

Then there’s the Chalte Chalte controversy as mentioned above and there was also supposed to be another confrontation between the two at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party.

K is also for Kunder as it was alleged that SRK slapped Farah Khan’s husband Shirish Kunder at a Bollywood party. Kunder even Tweeted making fun of the fortunes of Ra.One saying, “I just heard a 150 cr firework fizzle”. Since then after a lot of apologies, SRK and Farah got together for Happy New Year.

L for Lux Cozi

Lux Cozi sponsored Kolkata Knight Riders. Lux Cozi promoter was charged with the abetment of suicide of Rizwanur Rahman. And the deal got promptly frozen, even though the ads kept coming on TV long after the press conference where the announcement was made.

M for My Name is Khan

One of the biggest controversies in recent times. The Shiv Sena. The MNS. The Maharashtra government. Everyone seemed to have got involved. The film got released amidst unprecedented security and SRK is still clueless on what exactly happened and why it happened. (The Thackerays said they were protesting SRK batting for Pakistani players in the IPL.) What the Shiv Sena did for MNIK, the MNS is hoping to do for Raees.

N for Newark Airport

newark-2021159_640SRK was detained Newark Airport in the US for more than an hour “Because His Name Was Khan”. While SRK kicked up a racket, his detractors found the plot too eerily similar to the movie he was shooting for.

O for Om Shanti Om

While this movie opened to bumper full house without any problems, thespian Manoj Kumar made a big fuss about how his character was portrayed negatively and wanted an apology plus the scenes being cut.

P for Priyanka Chopra

priyanka-chopra-1748203_640SRK has a great personal life and usually stays out of the news for the wrong reasons, but he was once linked to Piggy Chops and the Bollywood grapevine had a gala time. P for is also for parties. There’s something always happening at Bollywood parties.

Q for Quiz Shows

Why did SRK take up Kaun Banega Crorepati? To prove a point to Amitabh? Was Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain a washout? Why did SRK host a college quiz?

R for Ra.One

No SRK movie has come in for so much flak over its story line and penchant for offending a whole host of communities. Panned by the critics, this movie raked in the moolah for SRK but still wasn’t the blockbuster it was made out to be.

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R for is also for Rab Ne Banadi Jodi. During the shooting of this movie, it is alleged that SRK smoked on the premises of a “No Smoking” Sikh college in Amritsar. SRK was also caught smoking in the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur during an IPL match and a case was filed against him.

S for Scanner

baggage-hall-775540_640Heathrow airport proudly introduced body scanners that would tighten security. However people claimed to have saved and distributed images of SRK’s body, leading to an outcry by privacy groups.

T for Trimurti

This was one of the major box office debacles of the mid-nineties and director Mukul Anand and producer Subash Ghai traded barbs on who was responsible. Fingers were also pointed at the performances of Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff and this was one of the few controversies SRK quietly walked away from.

U for United Producers and Distributors Association Forum

Being a producer himself, SRK was thick in the middle of the 2009 Bollywood producers’ strike. Initially the TV channels just focused on rivals SRK and Aamir coming on one platform.

W for Whiteness Creams

While stars and cricketers have got flak for endorsing any and every product they can get their hands on, SRK got maximum flak for selling a skin whitening cream—and that too for men!

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W is also for Wankhede Stadium. A grand fracas after a match (that KKR won!) led to SRK being banned from the stadium.

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X for Xerox

printer-29111_640A Xerox of Dilip Kumar. A copy of Amitabh. That’s how his acting was described when he started out his career. Then there was that hamming label. That way, he has come a long way with his performances in Swades, Chak De India and MNIK.

Y for Yale University

yale-university-1604157_640On his way to give a speech in Yale, SRK was again detained by airport security yet again in 2012. Then it was third time unlucky in Los Angeles in 2016.

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Y for is also for Yash Chopra. While SRK and the Chopras have shared an excellent relationship, the very first movie Darr had Sunny Deol crying foul over the way his role was cut to size and the ending was shot and edited without him being taken into confidence. The media reported that they didn’t talk for years after that.

Z for Zaara, the Pakistani girl

When Veer-Zaara was released, Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf was very upset with the negative portrayal of Pakistan. Luckily, that did not escalate into anything nasty.

© Sunil Rajguru

(First version posted on February 24, 2010 and has been updated multiple times)

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Shah Rukh Khan’s career through trilogies…

The Debut With Senior Citizen trilogy…
Deewana (1992) (Rishi Kapoor).
Chamatkar (1992) (Naseeruddin Shah).
Dil Aashna Hai (1992) (Jeetendra-Mithun).

The Bhootnike trilogy
Chamatkar (1992).
Paheli (2005).
Bhootnath (2008).

The Debuted and Soon Died Playing Villainous Role trilogy…
Baazigar (1993).
Darr (1993).
Anjaam (1994).

The Rakesh Roshan Mixed Bag trilogy…
King Uncle (1993).
Karan Arjun (1995).
Koyla (1997).

The Kajol Young Jodi Trilogy…
Karan Arjun (1995).
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1997).

The Aditya Chopra trilogy…
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).
Mohabbatein (2000).
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008).

What He Acted In Those Films? trilogy…
Zamaana Deewana (1995).
Guddu (1995).
Chaahat (1996).

The Yash Chopra Romantic trilogy…
Dil To Pagal Hai (1997).
Veer-Zaara (2004).
Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).

The Karan Johar Fluffy Romance trilogy…
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1997).
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001).
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003).

The Aziz Mirza trilogy…
Yes Boss (1997).
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000).
Chalte Chalte (2003).

The Serious Cinema Trilogy…
Aśoka (2001).
Swades (2004).
Chak De! India (2007).

The Kajol Oldie Jodi Trilogy…
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001).
My Name Is Khan (2010).
Dilwale (2015).

The Farah Khan Mindless Superhit trilogy…
Main Hoon Na (2004).
Om Shanti Om (2007).
Happy New Year (2014).

The Major trilogy…
Main Hoon Na (2004).
Veer Zaara (2004). (Major equivalent Squadron Leader)
Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).

The Deepika Padukone Mindless Blockbuster trilogy…
Om Shanti Om (2007).
Chennai Express (2013).
Happy New Year (2014).

The Playing a Superstar Like Himself trilogy…
Om Shanti Om (2007).
Billu (2009).
Fan (2016).

© Sunil Rajguru

Bollywood Rs 100 crore club musings…

Worst SRK movie I’ve seen is Ra.One.
It did Rs 115 crores.
Worst Salman movie I’ve seen is Dabangg 2.
Rs 155 crores.
I am totally out of sync with modern India.

Shitty film?
Don’t worry.
Dher saara publishitty hai na!

My strange news feed…
80% Status Messages praise film: Rs 40 crore at box office.
50-50 verdict: Rs 80 crore.
90% royally trash film: Rs 150 crore!

1 Bollywood Superstar
+ 1 Publicity blitzkrieg
+ 1 Weekend
= Rs 100 crores.
(Story, logic aur quality gaya tel lene)

1st Weekend: Superstar hai. Accha hi hoga. Dekhte hai. Bam! 100 crores.
2nd weekend: 100 crore movie hai. Accha hi hoga. Dekhte hai. Bam! 50 more crores.
TV pe dekhi hi lete hai free main, music sun hi lete hai. Bam! 50 more crores.

2007: Sattar minute main World Cup jeet lo!
2013: Sattar ghante main Rs 100 Crore Club jeet lo!

Films are getting shittier and shittier and making more and more money.
Are we viewers getting dumber or are producers getting smarter?

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

Major Shahrukh Khan versus ACP Pradyuman…

Pradyuman has been ACP in the TV serial CID since 1998.

But someone else holds the record for being on the same rank for a longer period of time…

SRK became Lieutenant in 1989 (Fauji) and got promoted to Major in Army (1996).

He has retained the same rank since then…

Major, 2004 (Main Hoon Na).

Major equivalent Squadron Leader, 2004 (Veer Zaara).

Major, 2012 (Jab Tak Hai Jaan).

© Sunil Rajguru

What SRK has been trying to say with his latest films…

Om Shanti Om: Main hu King Khan, Shanti rakho.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi: SRK aur Yash Raj Films.

My Name Is Khan: My Name Is King Khan.

Ra.One: Main bhi Dabangg superhero ban sakta hu.

Don 2: The Chase Continues: Main hi Don hu, the other Khans are still chasing me.

Jab Tak Hain Jaan: Main bhi Dabanggwalah heroine se romance kar sakta hu.

Chennai Express: Shettybhai, Kajol ke pati ko chhod aur mujhe pakkad.

Happy New Year: Happy New beginning with Farah.

© Sunil Rajguru

January 2013 Status Updates

· In 1942, the Congress launched the Quit India movement against the British.
In 2013, many citizens want to Quit India because of the Congress.

· My Name is K… K… K… K… Khan aur terrorists se Darr nahi lagta saab, media se lagta hai!

· Next Rahul Gandhi speech: Yesterday, Kamal Haasan came and hugged me and cried and said that the Vish in Vishwaroopam is poison.

· US: We are very offensive; attack is the best form of defence.
India: We are also uniquely “offensive”; we pander to every group that gets “offended”.

· Mahatma Gandhi’s last wish was to disband the Congress.
The Congress’ last wish seems to be to disband India.

(January 31)

· In a Banana Republic, Freedom of Speech ka kela hota hai aur aam aadmi crush hoke mango juice ban jaata hai.

· Telangana statehood: Tel lagana, phir uspe paani daal ke phuss karna.

· US: Dog eat dog.
North Korea: Man eat man.
India: Brain eat brain. (And that too fry)

· Piers Morgan is the one-man NRA (National Resistance Army) to the NRA (National Rifle Association).

· Why isn’t Sachin retiring? For record 200th Test!
Why isn’t Dhoni quitting captaincy? For record 50th Test as captain!
Why isn’t Rohit being sacked? For playing 100th ODI, record for non-performer!

(January 30)

· At this rate, they’ll have to rename the country to e-gypt, where e stands for emergency (or e-protest for online activism).

(January 29)

· In India, harmless criticism can be termed offensive, libel, riotous, criminal, seditious, anti-national…
In reality, Right to Speech is no longer a Fundamental Right.

· Like London Bridge is falling down, they’ve been singing Karnataka Government is falling down for years now.

(January 28 )

· Like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Karnataka Government is the Leaning Tower of Paisa: Built with mining scam money; looks like it’ll topple any minute, but still standing for years.

(January 24)

· Rahane, rahane de.
Pujara, prayer aur puja kar.
No Tiwary, but why worry?
Unmukt Chand eclipsed.
Only Rohit is a Hit.

· In terms of wealth, the poorest Chief Minister in India is Mamata Banerjee.
Sadly, she is also poor in strategy, vision and grace.

· A Congress President may stay for life, but a BJP President will be judged each and every day.

· Pakistan. We think: P for Peace. They think: P for Prahaar!
India. We think: I for Intelligent. They think: I for Idiots!

(January 23)

· All Congressmen are Masters of Verbal Terrorism.

· For Congress, economy, corruption, Pak and its terror network are no problems at all.
There is only one problem: That the RSS was formed in 1925. All problems arise from that.

(January 22)

∙ Chintan Shivir final analysis…
2004: NDA did well. Lost.
2009: UPA did bad. Won.
2014: UPA pathetic. Therefore will win by landslide!

∙ Lance Armstrong should migrate to India.
He’d easily become an MP and even make Sports Minister.

(January 19)

· If one day Manmohan Singh just stopped coming to office, then it would take a couple of years for India to finally take notice.

(January 9)

· Indo-Pak Action-Reaction…
We talk peace. They prepare for war.
We go for a meeting. They send terrorists.
We call their cricket team. They kill our soldiers.

(January 8 )

· Rancho keeps thumping his chest and saying Aal Izz Well.
MMS does the same, saying Theek Hai, Theek Hai, Theek Hai…
That’s how he’s passed the last 9 years.

(January 7)

· When a 4-year-old Rahul first held a TV remote control in his hands properly, Sonia clapped her hands and exclaimed, “He’s ready to rule India!”

· Where the head is held low and the mind is with fear has to be Congress headquarters in the presence of Sonia.

· If Rahul Gandhi and Rohit Sharma exchanged places…!!!
…actually nobody would notice the difference.

(January 6)

· Everything you say can and will be used against you: This should be the message when you sign up for any social networking site.

(January 5)

· If there was an equivalent of Section 66A for the offline world, then all our politicians could have been chucked in jail by now.

(January 4)

• GB Shaw says we become adults at the age of 70.
Then India is the only mature country ruled by a bucket load of adults.

• Secularism: Recognize no religion.
Indian Secularism: Recognize all religions.
Indian (so called) Secularist: Just rubbish the majority religion.

UPA2: Cash transfer.
UPA3: Sell the nation lock, stock and barrel.
UPA4: Yes, the electorate is that dumb.

• Farce of 2012…
Out of many rapes, a few are reported.
Out of those few, fewer go to court.
Out of those few of the fewer, fewer get convictions.
Those few of the fewer of the fewer are pardoned by a woman president who was selected by another woman president.

• 2011 ended with the Government talking, but doing virtually nothing on Corruption.
2012 ended with the Government talking, but doing virtually nothing on Rape.

(January 1)

© Sunil Rajguru