Posted: 23 January 2011 at 10:35am | IP Logged
Sunday, January 23, 2011 (Peshawar)
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh
Khan's Pakistani cousin Noor Jehan is looking forward to a
reunion with him after over a decade, when she visits India
Noor Jehan, a resident of the Shah Wali Qataal area of
Peshawar, last met Shah Rukh when she travelled to Mumbai in
1997. She is hoping to meet the 'King Khan' of Bollywood when
she visits India to attend the wedding of a relative.
"I am going to New Delhi in the first week of February
and will stay there for around 10 days. I shall approach Shah
Rukh and if he spares time for me, I will proceed to Mumbai
from New Delhi," she said.
"I am proud of my cousin and have named my child after
him. Shah Rukh has given us pride and recognition," Noor Jehan
Keeping in mind Shah Rukh's love for the city of his
ancestors, Noor Jehan said she would take some special gifts
for the star, including Peshawari chappals and a silk suit.
During an earlier visit to Peshawar, Shah Rukh bought a pair
of chappals that he used for about seven years, she said.
Noor Jehan said when her brother Mansoor visited India
in 2001, Shah Rukh had asked him to bring a pair of chappals.
Mansoor took three pairs for him, she added.
This will be Noor Jehan's second visit to India. She
last visited India in 1997, when she and her husband Asif
Shahab stayed with the star for around one month.
Taj Mohammad, Shah Rukhs father, was the youngest of
five brothers. Noor Jehan's father Ghulam Muhammad, popularly
known as Gamma, was an eminent Peshawari who opposed the
Partition in 1947 and was associated with the Congress party.
Noor Jehan said Shah Rukh had been in contact with her
for the past few years.
"Earlier, we lost contact as Shah Rukh kept changing
his phone numbers and, because of his busy schedule, he could
not keep in touch with us," she said.
She said she got Shah Rukh's phone number from
Surinder Kapoor, the father of Bollywood star Anil Kapoor,
whose family too has its roots in Peshawar. Surinder Kapoor
often keeps in touch with people in his hometown, she said.
Recalling her last visit to India, Noor Jehan said
Shah Rukh received her warmly and his response was very
cordial and affectionate.
"Though he has not met his relatives (in Peshawar) for
quite a long time, he keeps himself apprised of our well-being
whenever he meets our relatives in UK, America or any other
country in the world," she said.
Shah Rukh had visited Peshawar in 1978 and 1979, his
relatives said. Noor Jehan said the star loves Peshawar
because he has roots there.
"Shah Rukh also wishes to visit Peshawar and he had
conveyed a message to us that if he visited Pakistan even for
a single day, he will come to the city of his father," she