Shah Rukh Khan is often at the top of all his press conferences, pulling the right strings with his wit and wisdom. However, at the launch of Dilwale‘s second song Manma Emotion Jaage, King Khan decided to leave early. We don’t remember him doing that for any of his previous press conferences, but Thursday was different.
“Sorry, we will see the song with you guys and then the young ones will take over. Rohit Shetty, Kajol and I need to leave because we need to shoot for another song,” SRK, 50, said.
Some may speculate that the Badshah wanted to dodge any potential questions about the controversy over Aamir Khan’s comments on ‘intolerance.’ A source, however, confirmed that the cast did indeed need to shoot another song and that co-stars Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon were to join them soon after.
Manma Emotion Jaage features Varun and Kriti and perhaps that is why SRK thought it best to leave early. The actor, however, didn’t forget to pay his respects to those who were killed in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
The actor said, “It is an extremely sad day today. Seven years ago, in 2008, the dastardly and most vicious attacks happened in our city. So, before we continue with the revelries or celebrations, the way our country has taught us to do in the face of fear, treachery, danger and scares, we should observe a minute’s silence to give respect to people who lost their lives and loved ones seven years ago.”
And since these are days when a Bollywood star’s every action is under the scanner, this statement made by Varun says a lot about the sentiments within the industry.
“As a Mumbaikar, I had tears in my eyes when Shah Rukh Khan said that. If there’s a headline that you need to make today from this very event, I request the members from the press to look at what he (SRK) just said. That’s the gesture that needs to be headlined,” said Varun, who plays Shah Rukh’s younger brother in Dilwale.
Directed by Rohit Shetty, Dilwale releases on December 18.