21 October, 2020

Devdas In Pardes

He lives for the adulation of his fans and sure enough, his popularity has spread way beyond our shores

Devdas In Pardes
Bleary-eyed, we landed in the US on September 2, 2004, a day before Shah Rukh Khan was scheduled to join us in Atlanta, Georgia—the city of the great Martin Luther King and now, also famous as the base of Ted Turner's CNN. Our mission: To make a sequel to my documentary, The Inner World of Shah Rukh Khan, produced for Channel 4, UK. It would be called The Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan. The main idea was to follow SRK on his Temptations 2004 show as it toured 12 American cities, ending in Toronto, Canada. Our filming began at the nec in Birmingham and the Wembley Arena in London a few days before. The British Asian audiences known to be loyal followers of Hindi cinema predictably came in the thousands. In the words of the show organiser, both British venues were indeed "over-packed". As we travelled to Atlanta, Georgia our first US stop, we wondered how SRK would be received. Though a huge number of people of South Asian origins have settled in the US, they are scattered across many different cities, unlike in Britain where these communities live in more concentrated...


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