What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot if you happen to be living in a Bollywood star’s house. ‘Shah Rukh Khan ka Ghar’ — is how house number 65/4 in New Delhi’s Gautam Nagar is known.
It’s the house where Shah Rukh spent close to 10 years in the 80s while he finished college and began his career with the tele-serial Fauji. Now a girls’ PG accomodation, the building is a landmark, with people giving directions to and from ‘Shah Rukh Khan ka ghar’. When we entered the three-storied structure, Ram Singh, the caretaker, said, “Shahrukh stayed on the first floor, while his mother and sister put up on the third floor. They shifted here from Rajendar Nagar after his father passed away.”
Not much in the structure has changed, except that now mostly students and working women stay here for R4,300 a month.
Girls from Jamia Milia Islamia College and other nearby colleges come here just to have a glimpse of the room where SRK stayed. A student living in the PG, says, “I feel proud to say I stay in the room where SRK stayed.” Riding high on star value, a nearby shop-owner said, “This girls’ PG is always full. A year back, a girl who was a huge SRK fan, was willing to pay double the rent to stay in his room.”
For star-struck fans, the building is like a monument. “Youngsters take photos outside the house and girls come and pester the caretaker to let them inside the room,” says a local shopkeeper.
Ram Singh too, has some Shah Rukh stories to share with those who have the time. “Once, on his birthday about seven years ago, he drove past the building. It was about 3am in the morning and he didn’t come in to see his room of course,” he says.