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There has always been pressure from Bollywood in the underworld. Shah Rukh Khan also experienced this early in his career. He received threatening calls from underworld thugs Abu Salem and little Shakil. According to film critic Anupama Chopra’s book ‘King of Bollywood’, once Abu Salem pressured Shah Rukh Khan to do a film with one of his favorite producers, SRK told him in a clear tone, “I tell you not who to shoot, so which film should I do? Don’t say that. “
The call started coming on the set of ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’
Shah Rukh Khan received a call from Abu Salem on the set of Yash Chopra’s film ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ (1997). According to SRK, the experience was terrifying and stressful for him. But he faced it with great courage.
Rakesh Maria explained how to deal with Salam
Shah Rukh had a conversation with the then Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Rakesh Maria (who became Mumbai Police Commissioner in 2014 and retired in 2017-2017). Maria told Shah Rukh on the phone how to deal with Salam. He was also given police protection.
Maria advised Shah Rukh not to give information about other stars and not to talk openly about the mafia. Salem never asked Shah Rukh for money. But he always asked her to work on the pictures he had invested in.
There was also a call from little Shakil
Little Shakil also called Shah Rukh. However, Shah Rukh used to talk to these thugs very politely and give full information to Rakesh Maria. After a few years of fighting, Shah Rukh stopped receiving phone calls from the underworld.
Bought a safety bullet proof BMW
In the days of this fight, Shah Rukh bought a bullet proof BMW car and started keeping private security guards with him. At that time Shah Rukh was also shooting for Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Duplicate’ (1998). However, his troubles did not affect the comedy scenes of the film.