Bollywood Badshah Shahrukh Khan, not only in his reel life but also in his real life determined to eradicate the wrong notions about Muslim community.
Ahead of his to be released film “My Name is Khan” Shahrukh had invited a selected few Urdu journos to his Juhu located residence Mannat where he unwrapped some his personal facts which are never exposed. Facing the sea, the upper floor of his multi storeyed residence, is earmarked for his personal use where he would listen various scripts as this stretch has no modern gadgets including TV, phones etc.,
Here, Shahrukh, while interacting with Urdu journos, said in today’s world, it’s a matter of pride to be a Muslim but on the other hand, various wrong notions are also associated with the community.
Today, it is the need of the hour that Muslims should make other thinking positively about them by showing the kind of characteristics which was the part of prophet Mohammed (PBUH). He disclosed that the fear of ALLAH is always there with him wherever he goes. He recalled about his father who used to say that whatever is being done or happened; it’s because of ALLAH’S wish.
In a matter-of- factly manner, he said that he has various friends in Saudi Arabia and Dubai and whenever they come to meet him, they bring a copy of HOLY QURAN along with them as a gift and always asked him that “Shahrukh you’re the icon of the Muslim community and it’s your duty to mend the image of the Muslim community.”
He went down memory lane saying that in his childhood, he, out of fear of his moulvi sahab, recited a few verses of the HOLY QURAN but could not follow its message and the universalism.
Not only this but his father also narrated a few stories from ‘KHISASUL AMBIYA’. But let me tell you one thing quite frankly that it’s quite different reciting the HOLY QURAN in one’s childhood and going through it when you attain adulthood and senses. Of late, he has formed a habit of reciting the HOLY QURAN with all its true meanings as I always refer the meanings of the verses.
He’ll try his level best to eradicate the wrong concepts developed among the westerners regarding Muslims and it is the field of education which could bring laurels to the community as there is no substitute for higher education. He has tried his best to brought up his children as good citizens of the country.
Shahrukh is of the opinion that whenever people wish him with salam, he replied them back with walaikum salam, a namaste with namaste and a hello with hello. Once one of his fans, in order to take his Islamic test, asked him that what is Jihad? Sharukh then gave him the reference of prophet Mohammed (PBUH). Once a person came to him with the same question, prophet asked him that did he have parents? He said yes. Prophet again asked him that are they old and weak? The person again replied in affirmative.
Then Prophet asked him that to stay with his parents and serving them is the biggest Jihad. The person went back convincingly. Shahrukh’s brother Yaseen Khan and a moulvi saab look after the Islamic teachings being administered to check its authenticity. He specially referred the name of poet and lyricist Javed Akhter who had once said that using the word ‘INSHALLAH’ (if God wishes so) always make the difficulties into easiness.
Taking a cue from Akhtar Saab, actress Sushmita Sen has also started using the word thus making it a craze among the film fraternity. Sushmita Sen has used the word in her recently released film ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ which also stars Shahrukh Khan along with Fardeen and a new comer Ishita Sharma. Shahrukh brought out some more cards out of his sleeves saying that he has various relatives living in Hyderabad’s Toli Chowki, Mehdipatnam and Nampally.
He opined that after watching his film ‘MY NAME IS KHAN’ Muslim community will get some inspiration as how to lead a peaceful and respected life. He regretted that Muslims are presented with negative and gray shades in Hindi films, which should be stopped.
About Sonia Gandhi and his best friend Karan Johar, Shahrukh said that we had dinner together from time to time. All in all, he never behaved as if he was the super star. In fact, he was down to earth and said that he has no intentions of joining politics.
He termed Kajol as his best co-star and their chemistry would be seen in his forthcoming movie ‘MY NAME IS KHAN’.