As India bid an emotional adieu to the ‘Queen of Melody’, superstar Shah Rukh Khan was spotted in public after a long time. The veteran Bollywood actor joined several celebs along with PM Narendra Modi to pay his last respects to singer Lata Mangeshkar at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park on Sunday, where a video of him offering the traditional Muslim ‘dua’ and then touching Lata’s feet has gone viral on social media. While most people are loving his gesture and calling it proof of the ‘real India’, it has triggered controversy too.
In the viral video, SRK is seen dressed in a white T-shirt and beige pants along with his manager Pooja Dadlani (also in white). While the actor offers a dua by raising his hands, palms upward, his manager shows respect with folded hands at Lata’s cremation ceremony. Then SRK takes his mask off for a moment to blow gently on the singer’s remains, another common Indian ritual, which is performed to ward off evil. He also touches Lata’s feet after laying down a floral wreath.
Immediately after SRK offered his prayers at Lata’s last rites, Twitter went into overdrive, and the superstar has been trending ever since. Twitterati called the gesture a proof of ‘India’s unity in diversity’. “This is India,” posted one user.
However, BJP Haryana IT cell in-charge Arun Yadav tried to make it appear as though SRK ‘spat’ on the legendary singer. Fortunately, social media users were quick to rectify this misinformation and show how religions can peacefully co-exist in India. Later, the BJP leader tweeted that he had “just asked a question”.
Apart from Shah Rukh Khan, other celebs like Sachin Tendulkar, Ranbir Kapoor, Shankar Mahadevan, Aamir Khan, and Vidya Balan also paid their last respects to Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away at the age of 92 in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on Sunday after a month of hospitalization following Covid-19 related complications.