In South Korea, a curious ritual plays out weekly. A group calling themselves the Bollywood Lovers Club gathers to watch Hindi movies, which they themselves have painstakingly subtitled in Korean. They watch, in the club leader Kwanghyun Jung’s words, in “Indian style.” That is, they “make noise, laugh, and abuse the villain.” The club also runs Bollywood dance classes. Some of the 7,000-odd members wear Shah Rukh Khan T-shirts and drink coffee from cups with his photograph on them. Only one Indian movie has ever been released in South Korea-a Tamil language film called Muthu: The Dancing Maharaja, in 1998.

The above interesting excerpt is from a book titiled The King of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan and the seductive world of Indian Cinema . I came across the book at the local library. An image on the cover page of SRK wearing red lipstick notwithstanding, chapter 1 (from which the above excerpt was taken) seemed interesting enough to be borrow-worthy. Cannot say the same for subsequent chapters that I have read, though I’ll reserve final judgement for until I finish it (if I do).

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