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11 March 2007
IF AKSHAY Kumar has earned a reputation in the industry for snipping his co-stars' roles at the editing, Shah Rukh is fast earning one as tongue-lasher of the year. We hear he sometimes passes off his rude comments as his particular brand of humour but strangely...
the offended aren't laughing. This time around SRK chose the Filmfare Awards as his venue to pick on both, politician Amar Singh and actor Hrithik Roshan.
When a certain Russian lady was up on stage with Shah Rukh, the actor chose to spot Amar Singh in the audience and quip, 'Mujhe Amar Singhji ke aankhon mein darindagi dikhayi deti haey...' (I can see the devil in Amar Singh's eyes!) And then he hastily amended that with 'Yeh maine kya keh diya...' (What have I said?) Naturally, Amar Singh was furious about this insinuation of his wanting the Russian lady!
Shah Rukh later apologized and said that his remarks were meant humorously, while his wife Gauri called Amar Singh asking him to forgive Shah Rukh.
Amar Singh retaliates 'I found more 'darindagi' in his language than in my eyes. I will also humiliate him publicly someday and then apologise to him and say that it was said in black humour.' Following this exchange of words, Shah Rukh's home of Manat was the target of stone-throwing by workers of Singh's party.
Singh and Khan had clashed earlier in 2004, during the Zee Awards function in Dubai. When Singh protested against the treatment meted out to Amitabh who was attending the said awards, there was a tussle with the organizers. At the time, Shah Rukh had remarked, 'Amar Singh, aap qafi goondagardi kar rahen hain (You are being quite a bully).' And Amar Singh later clarified somewhat ironically, 'Shah Rukh called me in Mumbai to say he was only joking about the goondagardi (bullying). He is King Khan. We have to take what he says at face value.'
Be that as it may, Singh and Shah Rukh later patched up at a Holi function organised by the Bachchans at their home in Mumbai. This time around, we wonder who will actually patch up the two, considering Shah Rukh has been offending the Bachchans considerably too (especially with his recent remark of 'Don't compare me to a 64-year-old gentleman'). And they might not take kindly to SRK taking digs at friends like Amar Singh.
If Shah Rukh as put the Filmfare incident behind him, perhaps he did not anticipate that it would affect best friend Karan Johar too. One hears that Karan was next planning a multi-starrer film, for which he had the Bachchans in mind too. But with no signs of either Amitabh or Abhishek signing on the dotted line, Karan appears to have changed his film to a solo Shah Rukh starrer titled Khan with Kajol in the female lead.
Then again, one hears that Shah Rukh is gunning for Hrithik Roshan all over again, since the latter is being touted as the next superstar after the success of Kkrish and Dhoom II. In a new offensive move, at the Filmfare Awards, SRK seemed determined to ignore Hrithik's success in Dhoom II. Instead of praising the said actor, he called Abhishek Bachchan on stage and said that Dhoom II could not have made it without Bachchan Jr!
Not that Abhishek bit the bait either. He simply had no choice on stage but to grin and bear it!
Trying to nip Roshan in the bud seems to be an old practice with SRK; at the time they did Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham together, Hrithik found his role cut drastically. And 90 per cent of the fingers pointed at King Khan! A friend of Hrithik insists, 'Shah Rukh already has his position as superstar. He should take a lesson from Amitabh Bachchan, who, even at the height of his over 20-year career as reigning superstar, never found it necessary to show up another actor.'
The problem here is, every time anyone mentions Bachchan to Shah Rukh, he seems to run out screaming that he's better, smarter, younger, sexier. Especially on the 'KBC' show where he pipped Bachchan at the post!