Shah Rukh Khan — who was away shooting out of India with Anushka Sharma for Imtiaz Ali’s next — is back home after a long gap and no prizes for guessing which onscreen avatar of the superstar his legion of fans want to see him next in, Raees.
King Khan — who was the chief guest at the ‘Beautification of Bandstand promenade Phase 2’ organised by MLA Ashish Shelar — delivered his keynote address that he rounded off by asking his fans to name a dialogue that they would want him to say. And shouts of Raees reigned supreme. Accepting their request, SRK went ahead to mouth a few lines, which he concluded by saying, “Dhande se bada koi mazhab nahi hota.”
Raees was mired in a huge controversy after MNS demanded a ban on all films featuring Pakistani stars. Ever since a settlement was brought in between the warring political party and film industry, producers have been breathing easy. Producer of Raees Ritesh Sidhwani told us that he was very happy and was looking forward to the smooth release of the film that stars Pakistani actor Mahira Khan.
SRK, who lives at Bandstand in his palatial residence Mannat, also touched upon the beautification of Bandstand and recalled how the place today looks much better than what it was in the early 90s when he started living in Mumbai.
“I am back in India after three months and the first thing that came into my heart is ‘saare jahan se accha, Bandstand hamara. Hindustan toh hai hi but Bandra is the place where I have been living, eating and sleeping for 15 to 17 years now. This drive to beautify Bandstand was started 15 years ago with the help of the BMC and everyone else involved. I have been living here since the time when beautification had not happened and it used to be difficult given that we had to walk on stones and bad roads then. The first phase of beautification has happened and the second phase will make it a tourist place. We should strive to keep it sustained, clean and beautiful because it is our home.”