When Shah Rukh Khan Abused a Journalist and Was Arrested for It: Blast from the Past
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When Shah Rukh Khan Abused a Journalist and Was Arrested for It: Blast from the Past

When a journalist reported that Shah Rukh Khan and his co-star had to rehearse for an intimate scene, King Khan grew angry

At the  start of his career Shah Rukh Khan was very close to filmmaker Ketan Mehta and his actress-wife Deepa Sahi. He  did two experimental films with the couple, one  of which Maya Memsaab became exceedingly controversial  for  an intimate sequence where Mr Khan and Ms Sahi got  into their birthday suits and …well, the rest is  history.

More than the fact that this was Shah Rukh’s one and only scene in the buff in his entire career what made  a juicy story  was  a news-breaking  item in  the magazine Cine  Blitz where the journalist Patrick Biswas wrote about  how  director Mehta  took Deepa  and SRK  to  a hotel room  so that they would get comfortable with  one  another before the  sequence was shot.

One doesn’t know  how far this story was true. And needless to say, it didn’t go down well with Shah Rukh who reacted rather violently.

Apparently  Shah Rukh  hurled  abuses at  the journalist and  threatened  to  beat him  up. It isn’t clear if he actually  got physically  violent with the  journalist. But Shah Rukh had  to be taken into custody  for  some  hours  after which he  was bailed  out. The incident brought  to the  surface the  ugly  uneasy relationship between stars and the media. A lasting relationship between  the two is impossible, as  there is always a distrust.

Recently, Shah Rukh addressed the issue in his Netflix show with David Letterman. The actor said that he got disturbed after reading the article. "I was new (in the film industry), so I used to react to every news item -- whatever appeared. And thankfully, there was no social media back then. Just the magazines and stuff. I got very angry and I called up the editor and I said, 'You wrote this'. He said 'But listen can you just take it... it's just a joke'. So I said, 'I don't find it funny'. So I went down to the office and I misbehaved a lot and...", Shah Rukh remembered screaming a lot and threatening to hit people.

He was then arrested. "I was shooting a film and the cops came. They sat down very sweetly and said, 'we have a few questions to ask you'. I said, 'do you want me to pack and we can chat in my car?' Because I always assume anyone who meets me is a fan (laughs). They said, "no, we want you to come in our car!" said SRK.

They took him to the police station and when he saw the small prison cell, he pleaded with the cops to let him go. After getting out on bail, he even called the editor and said: "Now I'm in jail, and I'm not scared. Now you be very scared."

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