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Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 19, 2013
There’s no doubt that Shah Rukh Khan has fans all over the world, but few may be as star-struck as 70-year-old Shirani Samarasekara. The Sri Lankan visited the city last week only to meet the actor on her birthday. “Before she flew in, she did all the necessary correspondence with SRK’s team so that she could meet him,” says a source close to the actor.

Shah Rukh, too, was curious to meet the elderly lady, who took pains to come from another country just to meet him. The source says, “Shirani stayed at a hotel close to Shah Rukh’s residence. He sneaked out of a media interaction session to meet her. They spent almost an hour chatting over coffee.” http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/6/SRK-SriLankanfan.jpg

Apparently, the visit was a gift from Shirani’s sons to mark her 70th birthday. “She’s been a fan of Shah Rukh for the last 15 years. Even at this age, she does crazy things like watching his films multiple times and covering the walls of her drawing room and bedroom with his pictures. Her sons thought that a meeting with SRK would be the best gift for her,” says the source.

At the meeting, Shirani showed the actor some pictures from family albums that she brought along. “There were pictures of her at various ages. She got some of them signed. They had a long, hearty conversation. Shah Rukh even spoke to her about his next film, Chennai Express,” adds the source.