By any measure, Shahrukh Khan is having a bad year. He took a lot of flack for his big-budget disaster Ra.One, got into a brawl with Shirish Kunder, almost lost his friendship with Farah Khan, was detained by security at an American airport, and has been embroiled in a scandal of sorts over his affair with Don 2 co-star Priyanka Chopra.
And now to make matters worse he's just been banned from Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium after a nasty incident this week involving stadium security. And now King Khan is being treated like the court jester by the media, who have questioned if his antics are indicative of a mid-life crisis.
So what lead to the ban? Apparently Shahrukh was upset with the way some children (including his own daughter Suhana, pictured with him at left) were being manhandled by stadium security personnel after his Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the Mumbai Indians. SRK intervened, one thing led to another, and the brouhaha ended with Shahrukh angrily yelling at both security and bystanders.
The Mumbai Cricket Association slapped the actor with a five-year ban for his behavior (which, under Indian law, amounts to "criminal intimidation," as if pointing your finger in someone's face is somehow a crime). The press has rather gleefully spun tales of Shahrukh Khan's "downfall" and one can't help but wonder if in situations like these he feels a bit above the law. After all it was just this week when he told reporters "I'm a f*cking superstar!" (among other things).
Shahrukh maintains that he was protecting his daughter, and many in the industry have come to his defense. But the media is out for blood, and have written all number of horrible things about Shahrukh (for instance that he is a drunkard, that he has ego problems, that he's on drugs, etc.) to explain the incident. And once again Shahrukh is made a villian, when in reality the blame is hardly entirely his.