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When Shah Rukh Khan called Amir the ‘real king Khan’

The boxer shares his experience during his visit to India, and the advantage of having the same name as one of the country’s biggest superstars

brunch Updated: Apr 20, 2017 16:39 IST
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Aamir Khan’s Dangal is one of boxer Amir’s favourite Bollywood films(Getty images)

Amir Khan may be a superstar in the ring, but that doesn’t change the fact that he still enjoys associating himself with his namesake in India — Aamir Khan. He has great respect for the Khans and goes on to talk about how welcomed he has felt amid their presence during his visit to India.

Perhaps the respect Amir has won in India was easier to come by because he shares his name with Aamir . “There must be some good connection there,” he laughs. “All the (Bollywood) Khans are so well-known in the world.”

Aamir’s Dangal is one of his favourite films. “It shows how you can achieve anything with determination and hard work,” explains Amir.

“Amitabh Bachchan recognised me on a plane and tweeted a picture, saying it was really nice to meet me. I was surprised that he even recognised me!”

He describes his meeting with Shah Rukh Khan as ‘interesting’. “When I met him for the first time, he stood up and said, ‘Oh, you are the real king!’ This is because my twitter handle is @amirkingkhan. He shook my hand and hugged me,” smiles Amir.

“Amitabh Bachchan recognised me on a plane and tweeted a picture, saying it was really nice to meet me. I was surprised that he even recognised me. All these actors have worked very hard to be where they are, I admire and respect that. They have done so well and it’s great to see them recognise me,” he says.

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From HT Brunch, April 16, 2017

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First Published: Apr 20, 2017 16:39 IST