After IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan was released on March, many Indians rejoiced. Bollywood’s Badshah Shahrukh Khan also was amongst them.
After the pilot’s release, Shahrukh Khan put out a heartfelt message on what it means to return home.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) March 1, 2019
Shahrukh Khan’s Response Was Better
While most of Bollywood had been warmongering post-Pulwama attack, the Badshah of Bollywood was regal and mature in comparison.
Heartfelt condolences to the families of our valiant jawans. May the souls of our countrymen who laid their lives down for us rest in peace. #Pulwama
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) February 15, 2019
While King Khan’s response to Bahinandan’s return was fitting, his fans have another idea in mind for him regarding this situation.
One particular fan reminded SRK of his role in ‘Main Hoon Na.’ In the film, Shahrukh Khan helps avoid war between India and Pakistan, and some of us believe that he can do the same in real life.
They alluded to one of his most famous dialogues from the film:
Sir wo wala dialogue hojaye "Aaj barson mai pehli baar Pakistan ne dosti ka haath barhaya hai, aaj hath peechay hatanay ka matlab aglay 70 saal ki dushmani" https://t.co/OvIsWgV8XH
— nma (@namaloomafraaad) March 1, 2019
Basically, in the film, Shahrukh Khan says that Pakistan has put forward their hands for friendship, and that is preferable to 70 more years of hostilities. He may have been talking about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent gesture for talks!
This wasn’t a performance and the crowd went wild. Of course, now fans are rooting for SRK to re-enact his famous dialogue from Main Hoon Na in these turbulent times.
And then came the memes:
— Mee Na (@Meenayyyyyy) March 2, 2019
Major Ram coming thru to ease tensions between India and Pakistan again pic.twitter.com/2GgSXAgDG5
— samar علي shahid (@500dayssofsamar) February 27, 2019
Maj Ram is needed.. kabi aoo na reality mai khushboo lga k…
— Kazmi (@amad_kazmi) March 2, 2019
While fans loved the idea, others pointed out how King Khan couldn’t muster a thank you for Pakistan.
I think u r forgetting to say Thanks to Pakistan 🧐
— Tabinda Niazi (@TabindaNiazi) March 1, 2019
You should NOT write about stuff you don't know about or be kind enough to be grateful for getting your pilot back. This is NOT his bravery to get back to India, this is our good will gesture. Don't deny it atleast if you can't appreciate it.#PakistanFirst#Shahrukhkhan
— Furqan Shayk (@FurqanShayk) March 1, 2019
Also say Thank you Imran khan 😊
— Ihtisham ul Haq (@iihtishamm) March 1, 2019
— Ali Arshad (@aauppal) March 1, 2019
Major Ram Prasad Sharma’s Peace-Winning Dialogue
Back in 2004 Farah Khan’s direction, Main Hoon Na featured SRK as the undercover Major Ram Prasad Sharma. In the movie, Pakistan also released captured Indians which was followed by Shahrukh Khan’s now-famous dialogue.
“Aaj barson main pehli baar Pakistan ne dosti ka haath barhaya hai, aaj hath peechay hatanay ka matlab aglay 70 saal ki dushmani”
In an ideal world, this could be Pakistan and India, neighbors who live in peace and are on a path to prosperity. Celebrities like Shahrukh Khan give us hope that such a world is possible. The alternative is too painful to think of.