Shah Rukh Khan gets trolled as cousin Noor Jehan contests elections in Peshawar


MUMBAI:  It is not uncommon for Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to find himself embroiled in controversies or face backlash on social media. And Friday (June 8) was no different when Twitter trolls tried to take a jibe at him after all the buzz about his cousin contesting elections in Pakistan on social media, reported Indian Express.

Noor Jehan, Shah Rukh Khan’s paternal cousin will be contesting the upcoming general elections from a Peshawar constituency. The news spread like wildfire and grabbed many eyeballs, more so for King Khan’s connection with the contestant. Many latched at the opportunity to question his loyalty towards India.

In a series of rants and tweets filled with profanity, many Indian fans even photoshopped images of the Bollywood actor with Pakistani flag and circulated online. While some highlighted his “love for Pakistan” by stating how he chose Pakistani players for his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, others opined about Pakistani actor Mahira Khan in Raees after the Uri terror attack and called it an evidence for him not being a true “patriot”. What’s more, some even asked if he would “campaign for her”.

Some fans, however, extended their support for the superstar.

Jehan, who will be contesting from the PK-77 constituency as an Independent, was quoted by the Pakistani media: “I want to work for women’s empowerment… I’d like to focus on the problems in my constituency.”

Her brother Mansoor, who is leading her election campaign, said their family had been a part of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, popularly known as Bacha Khan. “We have a political legacy attached to the family,” she said. He also highlighted that his sister had earlier served as a councillor.