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Shah Rukh was arrested for threatening a journalist

Update : 18 Feb 2022, 12:17

Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan has been reigning in the industry for quite some time which naturally has come with its drawbacks.

The King of Bollywood has in the past been subjected to numerous linkup rumours with several people.

But despite being one of the most charismatic actors in the industry, Shah Rukh is also quite famous for his hot temper, which means fake stories don’t sit quite well with him.

In the year 1992, when Shahrukh was the new sensation in Bollywood and had given a few hits he got into an ugly fight with a journalist of Cine Blitz magazine. 

The popular Indian magazine Cine Blitz published a story that alleged Ketan Mehta had asked Deepa to spend a night with Shahrukh in a suburban hotel to get comfortable with each other, before shooting for the scene. The report had further stated that the two actors had complied and the next day, the scene was shot only in the presence of Ketan and the DOP. The story was published without a byline and hence nobody knew who had written it.

Shah Rukh Khan was visibly not happy with what was written about him. He ran into a journalist named Keith D’Costa at a film function assuming that he had written the malicious story. He also went into their office, shouted and threatened to beat him up.

In his interview to David Letterman, Shah Rukh Khan had addressed the incident and said, "I got very angry and called up the editor and said, “You wrote this”. He said, “But listen, can you take it? It’s just a joke.” I said, “But I don’t find it funny.” So I went down to their office and misbehaved a lot. I went there and I shouted and I screamed and threatened to hit people. I said, "I’m gonna take off your clothes and make you stand naked with me. Would you find that funny?”

So when Keith filed a complaint against Shah Rukh Khan after everything that had transpired, the cops came to pick him when he was shooting for a film. "They sat down very sweetly and they 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. They said, 'No, we want you to come in our car," revealed SRK.

Shah Rukh with Deepa Sahi in Maya Memsaab

Shah Rukh Khan was arrested from Film City and was taken to Bandra Police Station, Mumbai. When SRK saw the small prison cell with human faeces in it, he pleaded to the cops to let him go. And the cops let him go but not before taking his autographs.

Two years later, Virginia Vacha, another Cine Blitz journalist, convinced SRK that Keith had not written the article. Realizing he was wrong, Shahrukh Khan profusely apologized for his behaviour. He hugged Keith D'Costa and offered to come to his house and apologize to his parents.

The entire incident was published in Indian journalist Anupama Chopra's book 'King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema'.

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