‘When I visited Shah Rukh Khan’: US ambassador Eric Garcetti remembers meeting SRK in Mannat


“Oh my God, did you know who you met?” was the response US Ambassador Eric Garcetti received when he told his office that he had met Shah Rukh Khan during his visit to India. Now, as he recalls the visit, he admits that he was not aware of how much the actor was adored across India.

“I think when I visited Shah Rukh Khan… my first few weeks here. And we talked about cricket because, of course, he’s involved as a cricket owner. He owns part of the Los Angeles team. Everyone in my office became crazy.” Garcetti told ANI.

“They say, oh my God, did you know who you met? I said, yes, Shah Rukh Khan. But I didn’t realize the level of love there was across the country,” he added.

Garcetti believes the best part of his job is not only policymaking, but also the opportunity to meet people from all over India.

Garcetti loves experiencing Bollywood, cricket and food because they add fun to his work, not just political work but also connecting with people. Politicians, according to him, come and go, but personal connections last a lifetime.

He highlights that the relationship between India and the United States is strengthened by these personal ties. Garcetti hopes to welcome more Indians to the United States, highlighting the strong bond and familiarity between the two countries, where many Indians have relatives or friends in the United States.

When Garcetti met SRK

Garcetti met Shah Rukh Khan in May 2023 at ‘Mannat’ in Mumbai. While she shared a couple of pictures with King Khan, she wrote on social media, “Is it time to debut in Bollywood? Had a wonderful chat with superstar @iamsrk at Ella Mannat’s residence, learned more about the film industry in Mumbai and discussed the huge cultural impact of Hollywood and Bollywood across the world.”

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Posted: Apr 1, 2024, 12:10 pm IST

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