Update: Earlier today, Shah Rukh Khan tweeted that he is alright despite all the death hoax.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has become the latest victim of death hoax.
A European news network called ElPais TV recently announced in their “breaking news” section that Bollywood’s superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is internationally famous for his roles in Indian film industry, was “killed along with seven others when a private jet he was traveling in crashed.” The network went on to claim that Khan’s jet crashed due to a turbulent weather.
“He was traveling in a Gulfstream G550 jet with his personal assistant and others to Paris for a meeting. The death of Shah Rukh Khan has stunned the Indian diaspora worldwide.”
The highly detailed report from the European news agency caused an obvious uproar among Khan’s fans and his close friends from the industry. After confirming from Khan’s representatives and the Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Mumbai Mirror via Indian Express confirmed that the movie star is absolutely fine and he is currently in Mumbai, shooting for his upcoming film with Anand L. Rai.
“This isn’t the first time that Shah Rukh Khan has been at the receiving end of a death hoax. But this time, the gravity of the situation was worse since the news made it to a WhatsApp group of Mumbai’s top cops. It had already been picked up by legitimate French and Indian websites. SRK’s team had to field calls all day,” said a source.
I just saw a news saying Shah Rukh Khan died in a plane crash? Is this true????— zettyzulkifli (@gigieyaya) May 30, 2017
What's happened to Shah Rukh Khan? There are death rumours? Does he had an accident?— Michael Gill SRK (@MichaelGillC) May 31, 2017
Apparently, this is not for the first time when Khan fell victim of a death hoax. According to Daily Bhaskar, back in 2014 when Shah Rukh Khan was shooting for Happy New Year, fake news claimed that the superstar escaped an eight kilograms door on the movie’s set, while he was filming for a romantic song. After the reports of the accident had surfaced online, few took the opportunity to spread the rumors about his death. The actor’s alleged demise gained momentum after someone created an “R.I.P. Shah Rukh Khan” page on Facebook.
That being said, just a few hours later after the fake news of his death surfaced online, Khan nearly did meet his demise. According to Mumbai Mirror, while shooting for Rai’s upcoming film in Mumbai, a large portion of the ceiling collapsed on the film’s set. Khan was lucky enough not to be in danger’s path and escaped unscathed, but the remaining two crew members met with serious bumps and bruises.
“A prop ladder fell on the makeshift ceiling. The injured crew members were discharged immediately since the injuries were minor. Everybody heaved a sigh of relief that SRK was seated on another side of the set and was unharmed.”
In the upcoming Rai’s film, Shah Rukh Khan will be seen playing the role of a dwarf. The unnamed film will also feature Bollywood actresses Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles. According to Mumbai Mirror, neither of the actresses were on the film’s set when the incident happened. It further states that the director and the producers of the film have decided to stall the shoot for two days and will resume later this week.
During his acting career, Shah Rukh Khan has starred in more than 80 feature films. The 51-year-old Indian actor has been variously called “The King of Bollywood,” and “King Khan” owing to his frequent status as India’s biggest movie star. According to Forbes, Shah Rukh Khan with a total earning of $33 million, is one of the world’s highest-paid actors.
TGIF! Survived the week inspite of a plane crash, fatal accident on sets & yet another title of Imtiaz Ali film! pic.twitter.com/5W5DtrrupA— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 2, 2017
In professional endeavors, Shah Rukh Khan fans will be delighted to know that he will be making a cameo in Salman Khan’s upcoming film Tubelight. Apart from Anand L. Rai’s untitled film and Tubelight, Shah Rukh will be next seen in Imtiaz Ali’s The Ring.
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