It has taken just one shoulder under the knife to bring together Bollywood’s emperor emeritus and its reigning king.
“Come home sir, we shall play some games,” Shah Rukh Khan wrote to Amitabh Bachchan, responding to the latter’s message that he had planned to visit Shah Rukh in hospital. There were no games, but green tea and veg snacks for the man once voted India’s sexiest vegetarian when he dropped in at Mannat and spent an hour there on Wednesday evening, says a source from SRK’s domestic staff.
“Despite being advised rest, sir [Shah Rukh] refuses to be in bed,” the source tells us. “Mr Bachchan and sir sat in the room for almost an hour. Both the kids, Aryan and Suhana, came down to wish Mr Bachchan.”
On Tuesday, the day SRK got operated upon, Bachchan had posted on his blog: “Shahrukh has been in hospital for a surgery. I had sent him a message for his speedy recovery. He calls back to thank and inform that he is home. ‘Was getting depressed in hospital,’ he says, ‘so came away.’ Oh! I was planning on visiting you in hospital. ‘Come home sir, we shall play some games [he replied].’”
A concerned Big B also said that he even cautioned SRK, “Do not take after-surgery too lightly, I warn him, take rest and do not get into any kind of activity. He sounds a little groggy. I shall visit him tomorrow.”
When he did, warm host Gauri Khan took great care of her special guest. “Sir is not allowed to have black coffee these days,” the source says. “Both Amitabhji and sir had simple green tea. Since Amitabhji is a vegetarian, all snacks served were veg.” Reportedly, Bachchan also chatted with Gauri’s mother Savita Chibber, who was in the house.
Late at night, Bachchan mentioned the visit on his blog: “Amidst all the attention that was required that was work related I was happy to have visited Shahrukh and to have found him cheerful and recovering. There is pain and his left arm is in a sling, but all else is fine. I conveyed some of the wishes that came for him via the blog.”