Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Of dogs, lizards and Shah Rukh
A few years ago, my brother Jose met a girl at an acting workshop in Delhi. He was surprised to learn of her name and couldn’t stop himself from revealing that our neighbour’s dog was also called Sheena.
I was reminded of the incident last week when a blog post by actor Aamir Khan revealed that his “smelly” dog had the same name as Bollywood rival Shah Rukh Khan.
“Shahrukh is licking my feet and I am feeding him biscuits every now and then,” Aamir wrote on his blog, before clarifying that he was talking of the dog and not the actor.
Understandably, the post did not go down well with the media and the so-called war between Bollywood’s best known Khans hit the headlines.
Shah Rukh refused to take the bait, choosing instead to accept the remarks with his “sense of humour spirit”.
But several Aamir fans didn’t quite forgive their idol.
“No doubt ur my most favourite actor (but) it sounds like u r jealous of him,” zina_hi5 wrote using abbreviations common in online exchanges.
After his encounter with Sheena, my brother never told strangers about her namesake.
And Aamir later apologized for the “smelly dog” post. I guess he realized it’s best to let sleeping dogs and lizards lie.