Shah Rukh Khan and his family opted for a quiet Diwali in Alibaug away from the city chaos. The superstar was accompanied by his filmmaker friend Karan Johar and his twins. A couple of pictures of the superstar enjoying some beach time in Alibaug has now gone viral on social media.
In one of the pictures doing the rounds, Khan can be seen riding a dirt bike with his son AbRam on the beach. In another picture, SRK can be seen walking on the beach with his team and his son. While Karan Johar and his twins cannot be seen in he picture, it is being reported that the filmmaker accompanied the Khan family for Diwali celebrations.
Meanwhile, Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar’s friendships goes back to the 90s. Karan has seen SRK grow from being a newcomer to the superstar he is today. “Adi him and me were friends. That superstardom, energy – I have seen Shah Rukh’s entire growth in front of me and felt a part of it. I didn’t meet him as a movie star. I met him as like this young vibrant actor with so much promise…” the filmmaker said in an interview with Mid-day.
The first meeting between Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan is also an interesting anecdote that the filmmaker narrated. It was when he was about to make his debut as an actor himself. “My mother got a call from Anand Mahindroo. He said, ‘Oh Hiroo I heard you have a really plus-sized child, I need a really large child for this show, and does he act? My mother said, ‘Yeah he does drama.’ But you know Anandji got defensive about my plus size and he said it is puppy fat it will go. So, he said till then can he come and do an audition for me. I didn’t even know what an audition was. We used to stay in Malabar Hill so I had gone into this cab and went all the way there. I had done school dramatics, I had not even acted or anything. I go there and I am sitting, and for some reason Anand was busy in the edit. I was waiting and there was somebody sitting opposite me and doing crossword and drinking tea. I looked at him and he looked at me. I found him familiar, he just smiled politely. For some four hours both of us sat there waiting.
“Anand walked in first, he tapped me and said I will come to you and he went to this boy who was young, and said, ‘We are on for the part.’ He said, ‘No actually, I don’t want to do TV. I want to do films, but I really liked the tea in your office and I wanted to finish my crossword.’ And he walked off. Then Anand took me in and he said, ‘Do you know who that is? Shah Rukh Khan. He was in Fauji.’
“That was the first time Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan crossed paths. “Yes, we were sitting opposite a closed room. Then I remembered Fauji and that’s why he was familiar. I don’t know what he was doing. He was drinking tea and doing crossword. Then he didn’t even want to do the role and he left. That explains Shah Rukh Khan. That day I said wow, what a cool guy,” Karan recalls.