Superstar Shah Rukh Khan will meet fans at a special event on his birthday on Wednesday, an annual tradition disrupted during Covid and one he resumes after three years.
Among those who have already landed in the city to celebrate Khan’s 57th birthday is Javed Shaikh from Aurangabad.
My parents have been huge Shah Rukh Khan fans and they would often tell me various stories about his early life to his superstardom period, the insurance manager told PTI.
“I adore him for many things, like how he is still a humble person and meets everyone with so much respect especially women and how he has always been helping people selflessly without even talking about it,” Shaikh said.
The meet the fans event is being organized in suburban Mumbai.
“In 2019, there was a huge fan meet-and-greet event, where he had interacted with them, danced and sang songs, etc. It will be a bigger celebration with fans this year. He will be interacting with fans, who are all flying down from across the country and world,” a Khan aide told PTI.
“Besides this, there is nothing big planned. He will be spending the day with his family, friends,” he said.
The annual affair would see a huge number of fans gather outside his residence Mannat in suburban Bandra to catch a glimpse of the superstar. Khan would usually come out and wave at them.
In 2020, the actor, the star of hits such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and darr, called off the event in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This year on Eid, he surprised his fans when he appeared on the elevated balcony of his home.
Sudhir Kothari has flown down from Chennai to meet the actor. He runs a fan club called SRK Chennai.
I religiously come to see him every year especially on his birthday. What I like about him is how down-to-earth and humble he is even after being such a big star, Kothari told PTI.
Bollywood studio Yash Raj Films has also planned to make the superstar’s 57th birthday special for his fans.
A teaser of Khan’s much awaited action movie Pathaan will be released on his birthday it is learned.
Billed as a high-octane spy thriller, the film is directed by Siddharth Anand of war fame. Also starring John Abraham and Deepika Padukone, pathans is set to release on January 25 next year.
The studio has also announced that Khan’s iconic 1995 romantic-drama Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge will be re-released in cinemas across the country on Wednesday.
The actor, who completed 30 years in the film industry in June this year, has two more films besides pathan lined up for release in 2023—action-entertainer Jawan with South filmmaker Atlee and the Rajkumar Hirani-directed Dunki.
Jawana pan-India project, is set to come out on June 2, 2023, while Dunki, also starring Taapsee Pannu, will release in December 2023.
Khan’s last released film is the Aanand L. Rai-directed Zero in 2018.