Shah Rukh Khan was seen in a rare public appearance on Sunday, February 6 while attending the funeral of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar at Shivaji Park in Dadar, Mumbai. Lata Mangeshkar breathed her last at the age of 92, and everyone from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray gathered to pay their last respects to the Nightingale of India. A picture of Shah Rukh Khan from the funeral, in which he is seen praying for Lata Mangeshkar, has since gone viral. Many on Twitter have mistakenly identified the woman with SRK as Gauri Khan, his wife. However, it was not her.
Who was with Shahrukh at Lata Mangeshkar’s funeral?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, celebrities Shah Rukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Ranbir Kapoor, Javed Akhtar and many others attended the last rites of Lata Mangeshkar on February 6. However, a picture of Shahrukh Khan seeking prayers has gone viral. As he recited prayers for the departed, a woman was praying next to him with folded hands. Many people on Twitter recognized her as Shah Rukh’s wife Gauri Khan, not only this, Gauri Khan is currently trending on the microblogging site.
Here’s a look at some of the reactions:
This is not the new India, this is the real India. Lata Mangeshkar’s funeral watch reads Fatiha Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s offer to Pranaam. pic.twitter.com/982QHXr6eS
— isar frog (@Isar_alig) 7 February 2022
Everyone saw yesterday, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan were praying and praying for Lata ji in a single frame.
It happens before, but 8 years ago nobody noticed it because it was common at that time
— Vibha24 (@VibhaWrites) 7 February 2022
This is not New India, this is real India – Shah Rukh Khan reading to Fatiha and Gauri Khan paying tribute at Lata Mangeshkar’s funeral. pic.twitter.com/Ti01lKh0pK
— Chandan Kumar Singh (@Chandan48916527) 7 February 2022
However, not Gauri but Shah Rukh’s manager Pooja Dadlani paid homage at Lata Mangeshkar’s funeral. Many people corrected the mistake on Twitter saying that it was not Gauri, but Pooja with Shahrukh.
Although this picture has gone viral for other reasons as well. While many said that the picture depicted the secular spirit of India, some attacked Shah Rukh for the facial gesture which they deemed ‘spitting’. In an exclusive conversation with India Today, Urmila Matondkar also reprimanded those who trolled Shahrukh Khan.
Who is Pooja Dadlani, Shahrukh’s manager?
Pooja Dadlani has been Shah Rukh Khan’s manager since 2012 and has been working closely with him and his various ventures for over a decade. Pooja came into limelight during the trial of Shah Rukh’s son Aryan Khan after he was arrested in the Mumbai cruise drugs bust case in October 2021.
Pooja also shares a wonderful bond with Shah Rukh’s wife Gauri Khan and their kids Aryan Khan, Suhana Khan and AbRam. In fact, Pooja often shares pictures with Shahrukh and his family on her social media.
Lata Mangeshkar was cremated with full state honors at the Shivaji Park Ground as a sea of fans bid her goodbye on 6 February. However, Lata Mangeshkar will be remembered as long as there is Indian music.
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