After 28 days Aryan returns home, but industry frowns at the fanfare

In a surprising display of private disgust, many elements in the film industry are unhappy about the manner in which Aryan’s homecoming has been turned into a celebration

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Subhash K Jha

“Why has Shah Rukh Khan allowed his fans to put up banners welcoming his son home? And why is Mannat decorated for his homecoming like it’s premature Diwali? It’s not like Lord Rama is coming home after the ban-waas,” says a leading filmmaker sarcastically .

In a surprising display of private disgust, many elements in the film industry are unhappy about the manner in which Aryan’s homecoming has been turned into a celebration.

“He’s getting a hero’s welcome. Which would be okay if he had gone to jail as freedom fighter or a serial-killer murderer. He was in for substance abuse. Aryan’s bail hardly calls for a celebration. The family should’ve just been happy and relieved to have their son home. They should have restrained the banners and the lights. They are not called-for,” another filmmaker who has worked with Shah Rukh, tells me “in confidence”.

One of his co-stars, however, defends Shah Rukh’s celebratory mood. “As a parent, SRK has suffered a lot during the past month. Let him be happy. Let him celebrate. What is it to others?”


Many feel that giving Aryan a hero’s welcome home sends out wrong signals to the public.

“He hasn’t been proven innocent as yet. No matter what the courts’ final verdict, it is a fact that SRK and Gauri need to keep a closer tab on Aryan’s friends and outings,” says his co-star.

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