SRK’S PRANK WAS STAGED

In the vi­ral video made by a prank show host, Shah Rukh Khan gets an­gry. We now find out that it was all scripted

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

When Shah Rukh Khan (above) looked like he might be­come din­ner for a Ko­modo dragon, did he know what was go­ing on? The ac­tor, on the face of it, was at the re­ceiv­ing end of a prank by Egyp­tian co­me­dian Ramez Galal, the host of Ramez Un­der­ground.

Ramez scares the wits out of celebri­ties, films them in that sit­u­a­tion, and then airs that clip — tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Paris Hil­ton had screamed her head off when she was put on a plane and then was told that her plane would crash; after that clip was aired, Paris sued Ramez.

The Shah Rukh Khan video, a two-minute clip, sur­faced on­line and sent fans and so­cial me­dia users into a tizzy. In it, Shah Rukh and a woman are semi-buried in a quicksand while a fear­some Ko­modo dragon moves men­ac­ingly to­wards them. They are res­cued and the prank is re­vealed. The ac­tor loses his cool for be­ing put through this and nearly hits Ramez.

How­ever, many have claimed that the whole busi­ness, including Shah Rukh los­ing his tem­per, was staged. (The Paris Hil­ton episode had also ap­par­ently been staged, right down to the law­suit.) Oth­er­wise, how could Shah Rukh have kept so calm after falling into a quicksand?

Ac­cord­ing to the news pub­li­ca­tion Al-Alam, a source re­vealed that Khan was paid $400,000 (ap­prox `2 crore) to ap­pear on the show. Ramez later posted a selfie with SRK on Twit­ter, adding fuel to the re­ports that it was staged. How­ever, it’s hard to say if the selfie was taken be­fore or after the prank.

When we con­tacted Shah Rukh’s team, his man­ager Pooja Dadlani con­firmed, “Yes, it was staged and Shah Rukh Khan was aware and was act­ing as if he was an­gry.” How­ever, there was no con­fir­ma­tion from the ac­tor’s team on any pay­ment be­ing made for this.

All this takes place in the deserts near Dubai, where Shah Rukh was sup­posed to be in­ter­viewed by TV pre­sen­ter Ne­shan. They headed out for a desert sa­fari, when the driver lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle. Shah Rukh and Ne­shan landed in the quicksand. While they were drown­ing, Shah Rukh tried his best to stay calm and save the oth­ers. Then this gi­ant rep­tile be­gan crawl­ing to­wards them — it later turned out to be Ramez in cos­tume. As soon as Ramez re­vealed the prank, Shah Rukh yelled, “This is non­sense. You got me all the way from In­dia to do this sh*t?”

Yes, it was staged and Shah Rukh Khan was aware and was act­ing as if he was an­gry POOJA DADLANI, AC­TOR SHAH RUKH KHAN’S MAN­AGER

An an­gry-look­ing Shah Rukh is about to punch Ramez Galal, the prank show host

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