No conversation about cricket in the country can happen without the mention of Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede stadium, and every mention of the stadium is incomplete without invoking the infamous fight that broke out there involving superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Shah Rukh was banned for five years from entering MCA premises, including the Wankhede Stadium, after he was involved in an altercation with security staff and officials of the cricket body in 2012. The ban was lifted three years later.
In an old appearance on Aap Ki Adalat, Shah Rukh explained how the incident transpired, and said that he was triggered by a word used by the security staff that was religious in nature. “Yes I was very angry and upset. My kids were there and I thought someone… Maybe they had a rule, that hatao yaha se. I told him, these are our kids and we are taking them. I just said this. There was a person there who said a word which I, as a Delhi person, felt like it was an abusive word. Even though the same word in Marathi is also rude. Thoda sa religious, galat tha woh (It was religious, it was wrong). I then lost my cool, main pagal hogaya and I went to hit him,” the superstar recalled.
The altercation happened after Shah Rukh’s Kolkata Knight Riders IP franchise defeated the Mumbai Indians. According to a PTI report at the time, the superstar had denied that he had misbehaved and maintained that he reacted only after children, including his kids, were “manhandled” by the security staff at the stadium.
Shah Rukh Khan, along with wife Gauri and children Aaryan, Suhana and AbRam recently attended the India vs Australia World Cup final. On the work front, Shah Rukh is having a dream run at the box office. The actor started the year with Pathaan, which broke all box office records, and followed it up with Jawan, which broke Pathaan’s records.
He is currently awaiting the release of his next, Dunki. The Rajkumar Hirani-directed social comedy drama is set to release on December 21 and will mark his fourth big screen appearance this year, which also includes a cameo in Salman Khan’s Tiger 3.