When Shah Rukh Khan trolled 'old-fashioned' in-laws on wedding day: 'Chalo Gauri burka pehno, it's time for namaz'
Shah Rukh Khan once revisited the scene from his wedding in 1991. The actor and his wife Gauri Khan have been married for over three decades.
Shah Rukh Khan is always the one to bring in the laughs, even on his own wedding day. The Bollywood actor got married to Gauri Khan in 1991, when his acting career was just taking flight. He was not as famous as he is now and even his in-laws (at least not all of them) knew about him too well. Therefore, they had their doubts about him too. (Also read: Watch Shah Rukh Khan describe typical Sunday with Gauri Khan, going to discos in vintage video: 'Usko nachna pasand hai')
During an interview with actor Farida Jalal years ago, Shah Rukh was asked to revisit his wedding with Gauri and what the atmosphere was like. He recalled how he managed to troll his in-laws, some of whom were a bit doubtful about the couple's interfaith marriage.
“I remember her whole family had come. Old fashioned people. I respect them all and their beliefs. And at that old fashioned reception, everyone was sitting around. I arrived there at 1.15. Everyone started whispering, ‘Musalman ladka hai… kudi da naam badal jauga kya? Musalman ho jaugi (The boy is a Muslim. Will he change the girl's name? Will she become a Muslim too)', they were all saying in Punjabi. So I suddenly got up at 1.15, said, ‘Gauri chalo burka pehno, namaaz padte hain, chalo uthke chalo sabke sab ab’ (Gauri let's go, wear your burka, it's time to read the namaz)'. Unki poori family aise hogai (shocked) ki ye toh abhi change hogaya ekdum (Her entire family was shocked how quickly I had flipped)."
Shah Rukh teased them further, saying, "So maine kaha ‘dekhiye ye toh burkhe mein rahegi aaj ke baad, ye ghar se bahar nahi niklegi, aur iska naam hum Ayesha kardege, and she will be like this (See now she will stay in the burka, will not step out of the house. We will change her name to Ayesha and that's how it will be)."
The actor did add how things have changed with his in-laws since then. “So I had a lot of fun but the lesson in all of this is that one respects religion but it should not come in the way of love. But it was a great wedding and it's still going strong. Now a time has come that her family loves me more than they love her,” he said.
Shah Rukh and Gauri have three kids together--Aryan, Suhana and AbRam. Shah Rukh's upcoming films include Pathaan and Dunki.