Seems like the Germans can't get enough of Shah Rukh Khan and are willing to break their own rules for him. Recently, the actor has been allowed to smoke in his hotel room in Berlin, where smoking is strictly prohibited.
Germany banned smoking in public and private restaurants in 2008 and anyone caught smoking is fined up to 100 euros.
But they are willing to bend rules for King Khan. SRK, who has been shooting in Berlin for Don 2, has got special permission to smoke at the Hotel Mandala for the entire duration of his stay there, Mid-Day reported.
Khan has been provided an ashtray to ensure he doesn't damage the linen in his suite. Apparently, the hotel considers SRK, who is a chain smoker, their special guest and willing to make an exception for him.
Ritesh Sidhwani confirmed the news and told the tabloid, "Shah Rukh's suite has a terrace attached and they (the hotel authorities) were kind enough to allow him to smoke only on the terrace."
It is a known fact that the Germans love SRK and Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit personally gave him a tour of the majestic Town Hall, the Rotes Rathaus. There is a regular stream of fans outside SRK's hotel waiting to get a glimpse of their favourite actor.
Incidentally, when Hollywood hottie Orlando Bloom was staying at the same hotel as SRK, he thought he was being followed by paparazzi only to be informed that all that crowd was for SRK and not him.
Talk about popularity!