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Explained: Why Shah Rukh Khan Fans Are Furious With Kajol


File photo of Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan (Image credit: AFP)

Kajol, real and unfiltered, has offended fans of her frequent collaborator Shah Rukh Khan by joking about the box office performance of his film Pathaan. Kajol, who has been on publicity duty for web-series The Trial in the past couple of weeks, was asked in a chat with Live Hindustan what question she would pose to SRK. “What will I ask him? Sab toh hai uska social media pe (he shares everything on social media),” she responded, adding the zinger: “How much did Pathaan really make?” For context, Pathaan opened the year with an almighty bang, shooting to the top of Bollywood charts as its biggest earner of all time.

Perhaps Kajol was joking, perhaps she truly unconvinced by box office reports about Pathaan. Whichever it was, Kajol’s comment – made two weeks ago – would have flown under the radar had controversial self-styled film critic Kamaal R Khan or KRK not amplified it over the weekend. KRK tweeted the clip of Kajol’s comment, theorizing that it had been influenced by her husband Ajay Devgn. “Kajol is making fun of Pathaan business. Means Ajay must be discussing with her at home that SRK has given fake collections. This is the real face of Bollywood,” KRK wrote.

It set off a storm in a tweet cup. Fans of Shah Rukh Khan were outraged by Kajol’s implication that Team Pathaan had inflated its reported earnings. It should be noted that Pathaan was produced by Yash Raj Films and, as such, SRK could have had no part in the number crunching. Even so, Shah Rukh Khan fans went into overdrive accusing Kajol of being jealous; others declared they had never liked the SRK-Kajol screen pairing – considered iconic by most. Kajol and SRK have been a favourite filmy jodi in films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Baazigar, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – but according to some tweets, their appeal has been overstated.

Here’s a sample:

Onlookers were bemused by the depth of emotions KRK’s tweet had managed to trigger. The irony was not lost one some:

For those who need a refresher, KRK played a pivotal role in the infamous Karan Johar vs Ajay Devgn feud that played out on Twitter in 2016 ahead of a big box office clash. It began with Ajay tweeting audio of a recorded phone conversation between his producer and KRK in which the latter claimed to have been paid Rs 25 lakh for reviewing KJo’s film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Ajay’s film Shivaay was to release on the same day. Kajol chimed in with a tweet supporting her husband and it ended with KRK explaining that he had not actually been paid by KJo and had made it up.

The episode was a final nail in Kajol and Karan Johar’s friendship with KJo writing extensively about it in his autobiography. The pair have since mended bridges as KJo and Ajay seem to have; in last year’s season of Koffee With Karan, the filmmaker-host described Ajay Devgn as “amazing” and “the coolest guy ever.”

Meantime, Kajol has been sounding off frequently in the recent past and had to clarify a comment she made about “uneducated politicians.”

Content Source: www.ndtv.com


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