Throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to have photographed and filmed some of the most famous international stars of our generation.
Shahrukh Khan is right up there and considered to be one of the biggest film stars in cinematic history, with a fan following claimed to number in the billions! It was a true honour to have been asked to capture this rare appearance of ‘King Khan’ at the amazingly new CSN International, in my home city of Birmingham. Whilst not a huge fan of Bollywood, I’ll be the first to confess to being a massive fan of Shah Rukh – so this evening was going to be a real treat!
I first caught the SRK bug on my second visit to Mumbai back in 1995. At that time Shahrukh was very much still settling into the film industry, but all over the city you would see his face adorning the billboards and TV channels. Nearly 18 years on, he’s still the only reason I’ll pay to watch a Bollywood movie at the cinema. Songs from the films that he has starred in feature at practically all the Indian/Asian weddings we shoot at! Brand SRK has gone on to become a true global megastar… and here he was in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Balti Triangle, Sparkhill.
The 800+ guests at the CSN were treated to a superb night which included a sumptuous three course meal from Chana Catering, live performances from Bhangra stars to Bollywood dancers and the main attraction of course being Shahrukh Khan, who spent more than an hour on stage answering questions from the crowd and wooing them with his signature film dialogues and moves. The evening was hosted by the lovely Noreen Khan from BBC Asian Network.
For this shoot we had a four person team covering photography and video, including Rory, Dwiko and Shanilla. We filmed the entire event using Canon DSLRs.
Supporting Shahrukh Khan on the night were the following celebrities:
We would like to sincerely thank Maz Iqbal from CSN for his assistance throughout the evening and for inviting the SalShan team to the event.