Five Reasons Shah Rukh Was The Only Khan Barack Obama Mentioned at speech at the Siri Fort

Mumbai(glamsham): When Barack Obama charmed us in Shah Rukh Khan style! That Shah Rukh Khan’s films are loved by people across the globe is known to all! Apart from his films his romantic dialogues also have a huge fan following! People mouthing dialogues from his flicks is common, but what took us by surprise is when the US President Barack Obama, who made a brief visit to India, incorporated King Khan’s famous dialogue from the blockbuster DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE in his speech.

Mr Obama quoted SRK’s line, ‘Senorita, bade bade deshon mein…’, from DDLJ in his speech. (Image caption: AP)


Mr. Obama stunned everyone when he quoted in his accent, “Senorita, bade bade deshon mein… you know what I mean.” As soon as he said that, all we could hear was a loud cheer from the audience.

Badshah Khan was also just as thrilled as we all were and he couldn’t hold back his excitement and got onto a microblogging site to express his happiness. “Proud 2 b part of the gender & religion equality speech of Pres. Obama. Sad he couldn’t do the Bhangra…next time Chaiyya Chaiyya for sure.” he wrote.

Mr. Obama’s speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium will not be forgotten in a long time for sure! Mr Obama quoted SRK’s line, ‘Senorita, bade bade deshon mein…’, from DDLJ in his speech.

Bollywood may be crowded with superstars but, on January 27, as he bid India a fond farewell, it seemed that there was just one Khan on POTUS’ mind. So does SRK equal Bollywood? At least when it comes to Uncle Sam.

POTUS addressed a townhall-style meeting in New Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium on the final day of his three-day visit to India, where he borrowed one of SRK’s best-known dialogues from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: “Bade bade deshon mein, or something like that. You know what I mean.”

Here’s why we think the Badshah made such an impact on Barack Obama:

Big Badshah Theory #5
SRK is the only Khan who’s given the President of the United States a starring role in one of his films – his lookalike, at any rate – in My Name Is Khan. It is an Obama-lookalike who tells Rizwan Khan that his “name is Khan and he’s not a terrorist.” My Name Is Khan may have released in 2010 but clearly its message against discrimination of any kind is as relevant today.

Big Badshah Theory #4
SRK knows how to slam dunk, maybe not on the basketball court like Mr Obama, but definitely when it comes to the Indian diaspora in the USA. The recent SLAM! World tour had SRK performing to packed stadiums in Houston, New Jersey, Chicago, Washington DC and San Jose. In New Jersey alone, SRK danced into the hearts of 20,000 fans – a promotion model that turned out to be so successful that, rumour has it, other superstars will be following suit.

Big Badshah Theory #3
Talking about success, let’s not forget that SRK is the second richest actor in the world. Not second richest Bollywood actor – just second richest actor, period! SRK was the only Indian actor in a top 10 combined rich list of Bollywood and Hollywood stars – richer than Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood and Adam Sandler. SRK is estimated to be worth US$ 600 million. Now that’s a net worth that’s worth sitting up and noticing.

Big Badshah Theory #2
Perhaps it’s because of these big bucks that SRK has never been intimidated by Hollywood in the least. SRK refuses to compete and, in fact, has often said that Hollywood should be more appreciative of what Bollywood does. In the past, SRK has said, “You can’t go to a big filmmaking world and say write a role for a 47-year-old actor who is brown, has hair like this, acts this way and dances a bit. The role should be something that Indians should be proud of.”

Big Badshah Theory #1
And finally, do we really need another reason? It is Shah Rukh Khan! In a world which desperately needs open arms, open hearts and open minds, King Khan shows that he has all three and maybe that’s why he’s worth imitating.

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  1. Shah Rukh Khan: Top 7 reasons why fans of other Khans envy King Khan!
    One question strictly for all Shah Rukh Khan fans – Have you noticed every time you utter his name, you end up finding ten of your friends spouting out some rubbish about him? Or, have you pondered whey there is no Salman Khan taking on Aamir Khan stories doing the rounds? Over a period of time, one has noticed a tiff going around superstar’s fan clubs on the social media. And one name that will be constantly dragged into such wars among ruling Khans has to be that of Shah Rukh Khan. This scenario tells us about the undisputed popularity that Shah Rukh Khan enjoys for people, like comparing his achievements with every other actor. We take a look at seven reasons that make other Khans fans seethe with jealousy about the Badshah of Bollywood.

    1—Shah Rukh Khan – a loving husband and a doting father
    On the auspicious occasion of Bakrid, Shah Rukh Khan shared a picture of his adorable son, AbRam on Twitter making everyone go gaga over King Khan’s third child. Not the first time has Shah Rukh shared tweets related to his kids. One knows about the sincere love and care he has towards his family. Over the years, Shah Rukh Khan has come across as loving husband, brother and father. Obviously, we know his frenemy Salman Khan for not exactly being known as the family man but more for the tag of eligible bachelor.

    2— Shah Rukh Khan is the ultimate Badshah of Romance
    Be it carefree yet lovable Raj of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge or the passionate Veer Pratap Singh of Veer-Zaara, Shah Rukh Khan has swept the girls off their feet for nearly for two decades now. Not just on celluloid but off it as well, Shah Rukh continues to floor women with his dimpled smile, graciousness, wit and charm. There are actors like Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor that have come close to being the next big romantic hero, but in reality they hardly come close to matching the credentials of King Khan.

    3—Shah Rukh Khan is well-educated compared to his counterpart Khans!

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    Shah Rukh Khan remains to be one of the few cine stars who can boast of completing their graduation before entering films. Shah Rukh Khan did his schooling from the prestigious St. Columba’s School, where he received the school’s highest award, the Sword of Honour. He went on to do Bachelors in Economics from Hansraj College and also intended to earn Masters Degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, but left in order to pursue his career in acting. Meanwhile, with due respect to the other Khans like Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, they have not finished schooling. This makes SRKians proud of their superstar’s belief in prioritizing formal education, something he has repeatedly emphasized about his kids following suit as well.

    4—Shah Rukh Khan being the second richest actor in the world!

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    This should burn the Shah Rukh Khan haters as King Khan not only topped the national list but a combined list of Hollywood and Bollywood actors. According to Wealth-X’s Hollywood and Bollywood Rich List, Shah Rukh Khan became the second actor in the world with net value of 600 million US dollars. Also the coveted Forbes magazine rated Shah Rukh Khan as the ‘Top Indian leader in the Arab World’.

    5—Shah Rukh Khan, a star with massive following around the globe

    The competition amongst the Khans might be neck to neck in India, but Shah Rukh beats his rivals by miles when it comes to popularity on the international platform. He has taken Hindi Cinema to masses beyond boundaries and to lands where Hindi may not be spoken but Shah Rukh’s movie songs are hummed across the world. A true global icon, Shah Rukh Khan has put Indian cinema on the world map by being more popular than a Hollywood biggie like Tom Cruise in several foreign lands. Box Office results have proven time and again that he is undisputed ruler in markets like USA, UK, Canada, UAE and Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and South Africa.

    6—Shah Rukh Khan, owner of IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders

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    While his colleagues can cheer for their respective sides in the lucrative, cash-rich event Indian Premier League (IPL), Shah Rukh Khan owns Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), one of the most successful IPL sides. He is not just an actor but has also proved to be an intelligent entrepreneur. One cannot simply forget the moment when SRK went on to do the cartwheel after KKR lifted the IPL 2012 title. His joy had no bounds when they again won the IPL trophy in 2014 too.

    7—Shah Rukh Khan, the king of awards

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    Shah Rukh Khan has been bestowed with numerous awards, not just for his contribution in acting, but also lending a helping hand for the less fortunate. He has been awarded the Filmfare Best Actor Award eight times, tying him with legendary actor Dilip Kumar. Apart from awards by film fraternity, he has also been conferred with the top French civilian award – Knight of the Legion of Honor. Recently, he has also been given the Global Diversity Award for his outstanding achievement in field of acting and other philanthropic endeavours.