Most of Shahrukh Khan fans don’t know that he nearly gets shot from Underworld Don Abu Salem for his best friend Karan Johar in 1998 during Kuch Kuch Hota Hai release.
Shahrukh recently unveiled Karan Johar’s book titled ‘An Unsuitable Boy‘ in which, Karan unveils various phases of his life and in one of the chapters of the book, Karan has mentioned how at one point of life, in 1998, Shahrukh Khan almost took a bullet for Karan Johar.
Here is the excerpt from the book,
“On Monday, we were writing out the cards, dispatching them through production. My maasi had come to the house to help us. I went down to drop her. My mother was alone at home, even the servants were not there, all of them had gone out. The phone rang. My mother picked it up, and it was a call from the underworld. A man’s voice said, ‘Your son’s wearing a red T-shirt, I can see him right now. And we’re going to shoot him if you release this film on Friday. For some reason, they didn’t want the film to be released that Friday; we didn’t know why. It was a call from Abu Salem, and my mother was shaking with terror. She put the phone down and ran towards the door. She pressed the lift number, and I was coming up. As I came up those nine floors, she was going through really tough moments. When I reached, she just dragged me to the room and said, ‘You have to call the cops. This call has come and they said they’re going to shoot you, they don’t want you to release your film this Friday.
That evening, my father, Shahrukh, the cops, Adi, everybody was there. The cops advised us, ‘We will protect you but you have to go ahead. You can’t show your fear. You have to have the premiere on Thursday.
By my mother said, ‘What does this mean?’
We were a simple family. We’d never had the underworld calling us to stop the release of a film. We’d never dreamt that something like this could even happen to us.
My mother said, ‘We don’t want all this nonsense.”
Karan added that they had their film’s premiere but he was put in a small room with two security guards to protect him from the threat.
Karan also mentioned the moment when SRK stood up by his side and said,
‘What nonsense!’ He went inside and dragged me out. He said, ‘I’m standing here in front of you. Let’s see who shoots you. I’m standing right here.'””I said, ‘No, no, no, my mother was…’ He told my mother, ‘Nothing’s gonna happen. I’m a Pathan. Nothing can happen to me and nothing will happen to your son. He’s like my brother. Nothing’s gonna happen.'”
Well, that’s what we call a true friendship. Isn’t it?