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."