Shah Rukh is 'Khan' among young Uzbeks

Last Updated 22 September 2013, 09:25 IST

The popularity of Raj Kapoor in former Soviet republics notwithstanding, young Uzbeks swear by Shah Rukh Khan when it comes to present-day Bollywood.

"I loved Shah Rukh Khan in 'Don 2' and 'My Name is Khan'. I have watched these films many times," says Bekzod, a guest relation officer at Hotel Miran International here.

"Now I want to see his 'Chennai Express'," Bekzod told PTI.

Bekzod's colleague Ismoil Umarhodjaev also is a Shah Rukh fan.

"I have seen almost all his movies. I love his dialogue delivery style," says Ismoil as he uttered the famous "K-k-Kiran" dialogue from "Darr". He also likes movies of Amitabh Bachchan.
Another Shah Rukh follower is Utkur, a young guide and interpreter.

"He is the real Khan," he says.

Film enthusiasts like them in Uzbekistan get DVDs of Bollywood movies dubbed in the local language. Many shops and households in Uzbekistan carry posters of Bollywood stars.

Akhmadjon Kasimov, who runs a special programme 'Namaste Hindiston' on Yoshlar Radio, has also dubbed for over 300 Bollywood films including "Don 2" and "Ra.One".

Kasimov, who plays five-six songs every episode, says listeners want to know details about actors like Shah Rukh, Amitabh and Hrithik Roshan.

He also gets a lot of requests asking him to help bring Shah Rukh Khan to Uzbekistan.
"There have been a lot of efforts to bring Shah Rukh," says Kasimov.

(Published 22 September 2013, 09:23 IST)

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