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Aamir Khan’s dog, Shah Rukh, who had created such a furore in both the Khans’ lives, no longer lives at Aamir’s Panchgani home

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 04, 2010)


Shah Rukh Khan can heave a sigh of relief. Remember the dog in Aamir Khan’s life, Shah Rukh, who made headlines last year? Well, that dog is not a part of Aamir’s life anymore.

Recently, the dog Shah Rukh moved out of Aamir’s Panchgani bungalow because his master, Aamir’s caretaker, moved out, taking his dog with him.

A source says, “Since the old caretaker is out, there was no point keeping the dog Shah Rukh. The dog had to go with the caretaker.”

The dog Shah Rukh had played a big role in widening the rift between the two Khans. After Aamir had written on his blog, “Shah Rukh is licking my feet and I am feeding him biscuits every now and then. What more can I ask for?” and “Shah Rukh is smelling too much, I think he needs a bath,” the already hot competition between the two had been further fuelled.

While both were battling it out for supremacy at the box-office this sort of banter had only made them more competitive.

Evidently, after a while Aamir & Co had changed the dog’s name. After calling him Shah Rukh for sometime, they had started calling him Shahki.

There is an explanation for the dog’s name too. Said the source, “The old caretaker is a big fan of Shah Rukh Khan. Since Shah Rukh was shooting in Panchgani when the dog was born, he had named him Shah Rukh. Later, he himself started calling him Shahki and the others, in and around Aamir’s Panchgani property, followed suit.”

Anyway, things seem to be a lot better between the two Khans now. In April 2009, they came together on the same platform to support the producers in their fight against the multiplex owners. Recently, Shah Rukh attended the premiere of 3 Idiots. Who knows, with the exit of the dog, Shah Rukh, from Aamir’s life, their interpersonal equation may greatly improve too.

COMIC CAPERS: Riteish Deshmukh
The new Comedy King, on being compared with the Master himself

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 27, 2009)


There is a huge rush of gush for Riteish Deshmukh all of a sudden. Granted, the ones who are waxing eloquent are producer Vashu Bhagnani and director David Dhawan (both with vested interests), but the fact still remains that Riteish is being keenly watched. The actor has two back-to-back releases in BIG Pictures and Vashu’s Do Knot Disturb scheduled for release on October 2 and Sujoy Ghosh’s Alladin, that will hit theatres on October 30. Naturally the stakes riding on him are high. Vashu, who is Riteish’s mentor, says that the chemistry shared by Govinda and Riteish in DKD reminds him of the magic recreated by Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda in the 1998 super-hit Bade Miyan, Chote Miyan. Sure all this praise is manna to the young actor, but he isn’t letting it go to his head. “How can I even compare myself to Govinda,’’ he asks. “There is only Govinda, I can never be him. Nonetheless, I’m flattered with the compliment. Everyone concerned from David to Vashuji is kind. But, what Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda did in BMCM can never be recaptured.’’ Having said that, Riteish agrees that Govinda and he did have some special tuning. “Chi Chi is such a terrific actor, working with him was a pleasure,’’ he says. “I learned so much from the experience of doing comedy with him.’’ Of the film itself, Riteish adds, “Comedies never go out of season. There is no one who will ever say ‘We don’t want to laugh’ or ‘We’re bored of laughing’. Hence light-hearted films and a tub of popcorn will always find takers.’’ However, he doesn’t subscribe to the view that only comedy is his forte. “What filmmakers expect of you is what clicks at the box office,’’ he says. In his case, comic flicks like Heyy Babby, Dhamaal and Malamaal Weekly were runaway hits. “Films like Naach and Cash didn’t click, so I found myself being offered more comic parts,’’ he says.


The actor also says that the DKD experience was extra special because of the fact that he had two talented actresses — Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta — sharing space with him on screen. “Sushmita is gorgeous. When she came on the sets, everyone from the unit sat back and admired her. This was my first film with her and I was floored. As for Lara, she is a buddy. I have worked with her earlier and I have an easy rapport going with her.’’ What particularly impressed him about both ex-Miss Universes is that their classic beauty is combined with brains. “They can hold court on any subject under the sun and that’s what makes them very exciting to be with,’’ says Riteish.