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Shah Rukh takes New York by storm

Discussion in 'Oldies But Goldies **HOT**' started by Bridget, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    Shah Rukh takes New York by storm
    Aseem Chhabra in New York
    October 27, 2001

    Shah Rukh Khan arrived in New York City on October 25, to promote his second home production Asoka based on the life and times of the legendary Mauryan emperor.

    And rather in the manner of the monarch he portrays on screen, Shah Rukh took the city by storm -- being mobbed by a screaming, unruly crowd of fans some of whom had paid $150 apiece to catch the film’s premiere.

    Hysterical young girls, women, men, even press photographers literally flung themselves on the Hindi film star when he turned up for the premiere party at the Reebok Sports Club in Manhattan’s upper west side. Typical of Bollywood standard time, the star was an hour late, although the invitation said that the party was to start at '7:00 pm Sharp'.

    Shah Rukh, natty in a black Nehru jacket, managed to smile through it all, even when his security staff gave up the struggle to control the fans. The star spent 20 minutes being pushed and shoved around, before managing to escape through the back door.

    Asoka, produced by Shah Rukh’s banner Arclightz and Films Pvt Ltd, gets the biggest ever release for a Hindi film in the US and Canada, commonly clubbed together and referred to as the North American market. The film opens on 68 screens this weekend, according to the film’s associate executive producer and US distributor Mark Burton. So far, the honour for the biggest Hindi film opening -- on 59 screens -- belonged to the November 1999 Diwali release Hum Saath Saath Hain.

    In the UK, Asoka opens on 80 screens, including in many theaters which have never played Hindi films in the past. In recent years, major productions such as Hum Saath Saath Hain, Mohabbatein and Lagaan have all performed well in the UK market, but in each case was released on 30 screens or less, in theatres that exclusively show Hindi films.

    Asoka, a fictionalised account of the life and times of the Mauryan emperor who renounced war and converted to Buddhism, underlines its antiwar message by thanking the Dalai Lama in the opening credits. Shah Rukh, appearing at the premiere that followed the party, at Manhattan’s Sony IMAX theatre, said he wished that President George W Bush and suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden could see the film.

    This is Shah Rukh’s second appearance in New York to promote the film. Earlier on September 10, the actor-producer and director-cinematographer Santosh Sivan, en route to the Toronto Film Festival, stopped over in New York for a press conference on the occasion of the release of the film’s soundtrack. On that occasion, their stay was forcibly extended by several days due to the September 11 terrorist attacks against the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

    The premiere was a more controlled version of the chaos of the premiere party earlier in the day. Shah Rukh was escorted into the theatre after the lights had been turned off. "Can we have some lights please," he asked, repeatedly, before the lights were turned back on.

    At once, screaming fans made a beeline for the star, but this time they were unable to get close to him.

    Reacting with annoyance when a microphone was pushed too close to his face, Shah Rukh told the audience, "I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming for this screening. I believe some of you are here from New Jersey. Well, I have traveled all the way from Bombay for this evening."

    The star had earlier stopped over in London for two premieres, on October 23 and 24.

    "I have come here in the past with other films, some of them were bad, but you liked them," he told the audience. "We are a small market in Bombay, but whenever we hear that our films are doing well overseas, we know it is because of you."

    He thanked the audience for spending $150 apiece to attend the film premiere. "I hope the film is worth it," he said. "I know that the cause is."

    According to the organisers, net proceeds from the premiere will be donated to Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, a charity created to help the children and spouses of victims of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

    Before he left, Shah Rukh emphasized the need to control the menace of video and DVD piracy of Hindi films. "Your being here means that you like to watch films in cinema halls," he said. "Please do not watch the film on a pirated DVD. And guys, the girls look a lot sexier on the big screen!"

  2. Shabana_SRK

    Shabana_SRK Dr D&G

    :lol: i just imagined that and it was so......:lol::lol:
  3. K

    K I love you Shah Rukh. Staff Member

    I wish those people would for once think about how they would like to be treated and remember that before anything else, Shah Rukh is a human being...


    Thanks Bridget.:)
  4. bonita

    bonita Shahrukh-My LOVE

    "President George W Bush and suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden could see the film." :lol::laugh:...Bush and Osama at the same event:scared::D:D:D
  5. tanyak

    tanyak Lighting up UR Life

    Sooo true, The way people behave when he is around is truly scary :mad: He's a person not some object to fling yourself upon! :crazy::crazy:
  6. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    i feel sick everytime i read that there wasnt much organisation at big events :tsk:

    thanks for the article :thumb:
    i wish i saw Asoka in cinemas
  7. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    Here is another story from 2001 about SRK being in NYC and what happened with him when he was there on the day of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center

    Shah Rukh Khan reports from New York
    Date: 2001-9-14

    Message your loved ones in US
    "Why did the buildings fall down? Are all those people dead? Why did this happen? I had no answers to my son Aryan's questions," said Shah Rukh over the phone from New York where he is stranded.

    Khan along with cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan arrived in New York after attending the Venice film festival for the marketing of their film Asoka. Little did they know that they would end up being in New York in the worst times the city has ever seen.

    Reliving the experience, Khan said, "It was shocking. We were at Manhattan when tragedy struck. From our hotel room we could see the clouds of dust and smoke that engulfed the sky. It really was like in the movies. The fact that this could happen in real life made the situation so surreal. Ever since the telephone lines opened up I have been on the phone talking about it to my friends. I felt like one of these anchors on television reporting it as it happens."

    Khan adds, "Just before Asoka's print could leave New York for the Toronto film festival all flights were grounded. And then the fest itself was called off. I know it's selfish to talk about your own set of problems in times of such a huge crisis. But then I can only tell you how this thing has hit us," he added.

  8. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    Shah Rukh, Santosh Sivan stranded in NY

    Arthur J Pais in Toronto

    Director Santosh Sivan's Asoka was a no-show at the Toronto International Film Festival Wednesday.

    Its press screening, like many others, was postponed as the festival recovers from the aftermaths of the terrorist carnage in New York Tuesday.

    "Santosh and Shah Rukh (Khan) were about to take off for Toronto when the airports in New York closed down," a festival spokesperson told rediff.com. The film might be shown Sunday. But by then, most of the critics and acquisition agents might have left the city, as the festival ends officially on Saturday.

    The festival was shut down Wednesday soon after word of World Trade Center collapse made headline news.

    Across the border, many movie halls downed shutters; Hollywood cancelled most of its events; Emmy Awards and other glittering events were put down on hold.

  9. wina_srk

    wina_srk New Member

    Thanx 2 ALLAH..when it happnd Shahrukh are fine...coz he near from that place.
  10. MaryAnnK

    MaryAnnK Well-Known Member

    I had never heard this story before. Thanks! That must have been a huge experience for him!
  11. sonataca

    sonataca SRK's Mommy

    I seriously didn't know that Shahrukh was in NY when the 9/11 attacks took place.
  12. bonita

    bonita Shahrukh-My LOVE

    same here
  13. srk*

    srk* New Member

    Thank you very much
  14. calm179

    calm179 Active Member

    This is news to me also; it puts a new light on the making of MNIK!
  15. Niniel

    Niniel Enthralled_by_SRK

    So surprising to know this considering that back in 2001 I had absolutely no idea who SRK was...Meanwhile, things have changed, now I know him and I love Him so much :heart: and in the light of that fact, I feel a kind of a retroactive fear for his safety when thinking of him being there in those dramatic moments.
    Thank God for protecting him.
  16. calm179

    calm179 Active Member

    I can't believe that I didn't know him until this last March!!!!!!! I've learned so much about him in the last 10 months. I've seen all his movies, read all the books about him, and now, following him on twitter. He's changed my life. I can't believe how ignorant I was about India!!!!!!!!!

    I know, when I read that, I felt so thankful that he survived.
  17. Niniel

    Niniel Enthralled_by_SRK

    So am I not the last one who finds out of King Khan's existence ? Please, take into account that unfortunately I come from a country where Bollywood films are not promoted at all, not even now when all this Bollywood phenomena took the entire world, including my Europe, by storm.
  18. bonita

    bonita Shahrukh-My LOVE

    Isn't it a fantastic feeling know Shahrukh Khan...? Change our life or else will be boring:D:p
  19. calm179

    calm179 Active Member

    Oh my god,yes :flame::flame::flame:

    Just got off twitter, am :faint::faint::faint::bowl: for the moment.
  20. bonita

    bonita Shahrukh-My LOVE

    hehe same here
    I just really enjoy reading his tweets. He comes online and the feeling is just...WOW..Shahrukh is online:faint::love:
    Its like you don't want anything more than the feeling of knowing that he is online.:)

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