Shah Rukh Khan, My Distant Relative Who Never Visits

Modern Family

Shah Rukh Khan, My Distant Relative Who Never Visits

Illustration: Sushant Ahire / Arré

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oday the Badshah of Bollywood turns 53, knowing that he’s made his incredible journey wrapped in a warm blanket of good wishes. And these are not just from Gauri, Suhana, Aryan, and AbRam. There are millions of die-hard fans out there, young women who want him and young men who want to be him. And among those giddy girls and boys, is my mother, the giddiest of them all.

One of my earliest memories is watching my mother being stoic and strong in the face of severe opposition — that is, my uncles trying to get under her skin by exaggeratedly stuttering “K-K-K-Kiran” around the house. That was when the letters SRK began to float into my consciousness. I had no idea he’d be a permanent fixture in my family for decades to come.

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