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No, Shah Rukh Khan Isn't the 'First Indian' to Appear on Dubai's Burj Khalifa on Birthday

File image of Shah Rukh Khan in Chak De India.

File image of Shah Rukh Khan in Chak De India.

'Happy birthday to the king of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan,' illuminated on Burj Khalifa on November 2, which was followed by a spectacular fountain show.

Anurag Verma
  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: November 4, 2019, 9:36 AM IST
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As hordes of fans gathered outside Mannat as a part of the yearly ritual to celebrate Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's birthday on November 2, it was Dubai's iconic skyscraper and world's tallest building Burj Khalifa that turned heads on SRK's special day.

Because believe it or not, Khan became the first Bollywood star to have his name displayed on Dubai's skyscraper in truly Bollywood style.

"Happy birthday to the king of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan," illuminated on Burj Khalifa, which was followed by a spectacular fountain show as fans in Dubai captured the unique moment on their phones.

Humbled by the grand gesture, Khan took to social media and expressed his gratitude.

"Thanks for making me shine so bright. Your love and kindness is unsurpassable. Wow! This is really the Tallest I have ever been," Khan wrote in a tweet.

A moment to celebrate, several fans felt the birthday wish, like none other, was a fitting tribute to Shah Rukh Khan's illustrious Bollywood journey.

As the photos from the iconic moment spread on social media, so did the misinformation. Some fans of SRK on Twitter claimed that the Badshah of Bollywood was the "first-ever person" or perhaps first Indian to feature on Burj Khalifa.

As it turns out, just last month, Burj Khalifa commemorated Mahatama Gandhi's 150th anniversary with an image of his and also played the rendition of Gandhi’s favourite bhajan, "Vaishnav Jan To".

Taking nothing away from SRK, the actor is indeed the first Bollywood star to appear on the iconic building.

Apart from this, the tri-colour has, in the past, been illuminated on India's Republic Day and Independence Day.


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