There has always been underworld pressure on Bollywood. Shahrukh Khan also experienced this early in his career. He received threatening calls from underworld gangsters Abu Salem and Chhota Shakeel. Film critic Anupama Chopra’s book ‘The King of Bollywood’ states, ‘Once when Abu Salem forced Shah Rukh Khan to film with one of his favorite producers. At this point SRK clearly stated, ‘I am not telling you who to shoot, so you do not tell me which film I should make.’
Phone calls were coming on the set of ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’
Abu Salem gets a call on the set of Yash Chopra’s film ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’. According to Shahrukh Khan, the experience was very scary for him. However, he faced it with courage.
Rakesh Maria gave this advice
Shah Rukh interacted with the then Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Rakesh Maria (who became Mumbai’s Commissioner of Police in 2014 and retired in 2017) along with Abu Salem. Maria tells Shahrukh how to talk to Salem over the phone. Along with this, the actor was given police protection.
Maria advised Shahrukh not to inform other stars about this and not to talk openly about the mafia. Salem never asked Shahrukh for money but the film in which Abu Salem invested money asked Shahrukh to act in the film.
Chhota Shakeel also got a call
Shahrukh Khan also got a call from Chhota Shakeel. However, Shahrukh used to talk to all these gangsters very politely and gave all this information to Rakesh Maria. After a few years, Shahrukh stopped receiving calls from the underworld.
Purchased a bulletproof BMW for safety
During his struggle with the underworld, Shah Rukh bought a bulletproof BMW car and started keeping a personal security guard with him. At that time, Shah Rukh Khan was shooting for director Mahesh Bhatt’s film ‘Duplicate’. However, he did not let his troubles affect the comedy scene of the film.
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