Datuk Shah Rukh enjoyed in Malaysia despite arm injury

Malacca (Malaysia), Dec 7 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan enjoyed himself and conquered millions of hearts during a brief visit here despite an arm injury during a film shoot in Mumbai.

Shah Rukh sustained the injury a day before he arrived here to receive his Datukship at a special ceremony that was delayed last month thanks to his busy schedule.

A doctor was called to give him three jabs to reduce the pain.

"My shoulder hurts, but the show must go on," the Bollywood star insisted during an exclusive interview with The Star newspaper in his luxurious hotel room at the Villa Istana here.

Khan requested his Baju Melayu (traditional attire) fitter, Ridzuan Kamal, to be gentle when moving his painful arm.

But soon, the 43-year-old Bollywood star happily slipped into the traditional Malay outfit, beamed proudly in front of Bharat K. Ajmera, the ethnic Indian owner of Villa Istana, and said of the dress: "This is something different. It feels very comfortable."

Shah Rukh had only one hour to put on his Baju Melayu, samping (wrap-around waist cloth) and songkok (headgear) before receiving his Datukship, akin to the British knighthood.

But he did not fuss over the difficulty of tying his samping Malacca-style, which was popularised by the late P. Ramlee, Malaysia's biggest theatre personality, in his classic Malay movies.

The formal function over Saturday noon, Shah Rukh took a trishaw ride under police protection during his tour of the Malacca city.

And unlike most international stars who guarded their privacy fiercely, Shah Rukh was sweet enough to let a big fan of his, Zuraidah Abdul Razak, have a look at his royal suite, which cost RM3,500 ($1,200 approx.) per night.

"I'm speechless," Zuraidah said. "I guess I was the only fan of Shah Rukh who got to see his personal belongings."

Zuraidah later presented a Malaysian batik shirt to her favourite Bollywood star.

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