Actor Shah Rukh Khan was in Delhi on Tuesday evening and his visit to the city was the opportune moment for the media to make him comment on the abduction of Snapdeal executive Dpiti Sarna, which was allegedly inspired by his 1993-film Darr.
Talking about films influencing real life, Shah Rukh said, “Our work does affect people more than we know, but I think no filmmaker ever makes a story to inspire people in a negative way. I think truth is stranger than fiction.”
In the film, Shah Rukh played an obsessive lover, much like Devender Kumar, who had allegedly abducted Dipti. Shah Rukh went on to add, “When you talk about Darr, it’s the love story of an obsessive man who could give his life for the one he loves and he does and it was never meant to encourage anything negative. At the end of it all, it is just a film, it can’t change your life in any way and that is what we think.”
The obsessive stalker with a criminal past that includes three murder cases was arrested on Monday for masterminding the kidnapping. The stalker, who is married, was convinced he was in love with Dipti Sarna, the 24-year-old Snapdeal employee whom he abducted in an auto on February 10 and let go, unhurt, two days later, apparently believing he had won her.
Police said the prime accused and mastermind of the plan had been following her for months and was inspired by Darr. The accused had made 150 recces, bought 2 autos and then kidnapped her.
Earlier, Juhi Chawla, filmmakers Mahesh Bhatt and Hansal Mehta said you can’t blame Bollywood for this incident.
The actor’s answers to media questions were constantly interrupted by loud cheers from his fans expressing their love, which prompted the actor to talk about the admiration that he has received from fans in his 25-year-long Bollywood career. “I have never really understood what is it about me that they love so much. I am humbled by them. I don’t know what is it that they hold on to so dearly about me,” says the actor.
(With PTI inputs)
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