Shah Rukh Khan, a renowned actor in the Bollywood film industry, is celebrating his birthday today. He has been as famous for his acting prowess over his four-decade-long career as he has been for controversies. It can be said that Shah Rukh is the 'Badshah' of controversies as well. Due to his temper, he has faced the brunt of several incidents. Let's delve into seven major controversies associated with Shah Rukh Khan.
Shah Rukh made his debut in the 1992 film "Deewana," which earned him the Filmfare Best Male Debut Actor award. The same year, his film "Maya Memsaab" was also released. Directed by Ketan Mehta, the film was considered quite bold in the 1990s. A magazine published gossip about Shah Rukh regarding a love scene in the film. Shah Rukh was so angry about this news that he went to the office of the magazine and engaged in a heated argument. The editor of the magazine filed a complaint with the police, leading to the police visiting Shah Rukh on a film set. He was detained by the police for a day but was released the next day.
Shah Rukh has a great affinity for sports, owning four teams globally. He is also the owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, which has won the IPL championship twice. In 2012, Shah Rukh was accused of a physical altercation with security personnel at the Wankhede Stadium. After the Kolkata Knight Riders' victory over the Mumbai Indians, Shah Rukh got into a scuffle with security personnel when attempting to enter the field. He was also accused of being under the influence at the time. Following the incident, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) banned Shah Rukh from entering Wankhede Stadium for five years.
Known for his cool and charming demeanor, Shah Rukh often engages in pulling the legs of others during award ceremonies. However, his joking with Bollywood director and Farah Khan's husband, Shirish Kunder, backfired. In 2012, during a party hosted by Sanjay Dutt at his residence, both Kunder and Shah Rukh were present. According to media reports, an altercation ensued between Shah Rukh and Kunder, leading to a scuffle, which Sanjay Dutt had to intervene to resolve.
Shah Rukh frequently travels abroad for film shoots. However, he has faced difficulties during his visits to the United States. He was detained at New York in 2009, New Jersey in 2012, and Los Angeles Airport in 2016. In 2016, he was even placed in custody. These incidents led to the U.S. Ambassador to India apologizing for the occurrences. Following the 2012 incident, Shah Rukh stated that Americans might have an issue with his name.
Shah Rukh became a father for the third time at the age of 48 when his son AbRam was born via surrogacy in 2013. Several rumors also surfaced alongside the news of his son's birth. Rumors suggested that AbRam was not his but the son of Aryan Khan. Aryan is Shah Rukh's elder son. Shah Rukh addressed this issue during an event, firmly denying the rumors.
Shah Rukh and Salman Khan have a long-standing feud. In 2008, at Katrina Kaif's birthday party, Shah Rukh reportedly made some remarks about Salman's former girlfriend, Aishwarya Rai. This led to tension between the two stars. Shah Rukh has discussed this issue on the show "Aap Ki Adalat," stating that he still shares a cordial relationship with Salman's family. However, their interactions have become infrequent.
Before his Bollywood debut, Shah Rukh had already married Gauri Khan. In Bollywood, rumors often circulate about affairs between actors and actresses during film shoots. Shah Rukh was also embroiled in such rumors. Only once during his three-decade-long career was his name linked with star Priyanka Chopra. At one point, rumors even claimed that Shah Rukh and Priyanka secretly got married in 2013. Shah Rukh has denied all such allegations in several interviews. Both Shah Rukh and Priyanka have worked together in the movies "Don" and "Don 2." However, they have not collaborated on any project since 2013.
In 2015, Shah Rukh Khan made a statement about rising intolerance in the country. This sparked considerable controversy, which also affected the box office collection of his film "Dilwale." Following Shah Rukh, Aamir Khan also made a statement on the issue, leading to widespread discussion. However, Shah Rukh apologized for his intolerant statement.