New Delhi: Nearly two decades after making a statement about Shah Rukh Khan, Neha Dhupia recently praised him on Twitter after watching his new release ‘Pathaan’.
The actor made headlines in 2004 when she stated that “either sex sells or Shah Rukh Khan”. When asked about her ‘intimate scenes’ in ‘Julie’, she had responded that since Shah Rukh wasn’t in the movie, there had to be “love-making scenes and shots.” In the movie, which also starred Sanjay Kapoor and Priyanshu Chatterjee, Neha played a sex worker.
The actor tweeted on Saturday in response to a Twitter user who commented on ‘Pathaan’s box office success and said,”Almost two decades back Neha Dhupia had given a statement ‘only sex or Shah Rukh Khan sells’ and that stays true even today!”
Neha responded to the tweet by saying,”20 years on, my statement rings true. This is not an ‘actor’s career’ but a ‘king’s reign’!” She added the hashtag ‘king Khan’.
20 years on, my statement rings true.
This is not an “actor’s career” but a “King’s reign”! #KingKhan @iamsrk 🙌 https://t.co/TMgPzpJed4
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) January 28, 2023
Neha originally stated during an interview with The Times of India in 2004: “Julie has love-making scenes and shots exposing my bare back… I’m not affected by the sex symbol tag. It doesn’t bother me if people say I have overshadowed Mallika Sherawat and Bipasha Basu by exposing in Julie. In today’s time, either sex sells or Shah Rukh Khan. So I would rather be a sex prop in my next five films.”
Neha had already posted a series of tweets on Thursday praising Pathaan, Shah Rukh Khan, as well as his co-stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham.
“Shah Rukh, the love we have for you is hard to explain. Deepika Padukone, you set the screen on fire with your gaze and your kicks and tricks. John Abraham you make bad look so good! Salman Khan we would go back to the cinemas to watch the best cameo in history. Pathaan is here to stay!!!” she wrote.
@iamsrk The love we have for you is hard to explain. @deepikapadukone u set the screen on fire with ur gaze n ur kicks and tricks #JohnAbraham u make bad look so good! @BeingSalmanKhan we would go back to the cinemas to watch the best cameo in history 🙌#pathan is here to stay!!! pic.twitter.com/FOTg2Sn4WS
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) January 26, 2023
‘Pathaan’ is directed by Siddharth Anand and backed by Aditya Chopra’s banner Yash Raj Films. After earning a total of Rs 313 crore globally, the movie has been shattering box office records.