Shahrukh Khan just admitted that Rahul from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was a stalker. But here’s where it gets cringe-worthy. He doesn’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.
In an interview with Indian Express, when the actor was asked how he would feel about his daughter meeting one of the many ‘Rahuls’ he played back in the 90s, SRK said Rahul is a stalker.
“……..if a guy meets you and says, ‘Rahul, naam toh suna hoga’, he’s a stalker.”
Though Bollywood has come a long way from that era when most of its male leads’ behavior could be ruled as predatory, females in the industry still face harassment every passing day.
King Khan was not a fan of the idea that his daughter could encounter such a man in real life.
“I told my daughter, that if a guy meets you and says, ‘Rahul, naam toh suna hoga’, he’s a stalker. If a boy looks at you across a room at a party and says, ‘Aur paas, aur paas’, go kick him in the shins.”
Karan Johar Apologizes for Item Songs
Even director Karan Johar recently apologized for featuring item songs in his films. He accepted that the sole purpose of these dance performances was to objectify women and they were unnecessary for story and character development.
While Johar apologized, Bollywood’s Badshah SRK had a moment of acceptance himself.
Shahrukh Khan does accept that his iconic male roles are far from someone who could be an acceptable partner in this day and age, But this being Bollywood, he did chime in that those roles were necessary for romance.
Bollywood’s most romantic hero tried to justify the bad behavior he portrays on-screen as a necessary component behind his memorable roles .
“What is the essence of romance? To make somebody feel it at a particular moment in time. Personally, I’m not like that. If I stood with my arms open and sang a song in front of my wife, probably she’d throw me out of the house… But in the film, if I’m able to activate an element of innocence and make it attractive, the role gets reinvented by itself.”