Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan undertook an overnight train journey from Mumbai to Delhi to promote his upcoming film Raees that hits theaters tomorrow. It is said that the ‘Raees By Rail’ promotional activity was actually imitating a sequence from the film.
Unfortunately things took a rather sad turn when a man succumbed to death after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Vadodara railway station yesterday.Shah Rukh Khan along with his Raees team – Rahul Dholakia, Sunny Leone, Ritesh Sidhwani boarded the train at Mumbai Central Railway station to kickstart their film’s promotions.
Farid Khan Pathan, a social activist and a resident of Vadodara was amongst thousands of fans who gathered at the station to catch a glimpse of SRK who was travelling by the August Kranti Express from Mumbai to Delhi with his entourage and the press. Sadly, a heart patient Mr Pathan lost his life. Shah Rukh Khan who reached Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi commented about the incident and said, “It is unfortunate, my prayers are with the family of the deceased.”
The actor’s team has also issued an official statement that gives clarity on what exactly unfolded at the station. The statement reads:
“One of our colleagues was traveling with us. Her uncle came down to see her at Baroda. He suffered from a cardiac arrest. It was really unfortunate.
We started the journey thinking we all will travel, spend time with each other when one of your own loses someone one trip like this, it saddens us all.
On behalf of everyone, our prayers and blessings with the whole family. She has reached there. I just spoke to her. I think the burial is in an hour or half hour.
We have some of our people with the family members there. Hopefully God will bless her soon.”
Yesterday night it was utter chaos when news of a fan falling unconscious at Vadodara station made headlines. In fact, Mr Pathan was rushed to the hospital where he was later declared dead. The crowd of fans on learning that Shah Rukh was travelling in a train went berserk and gathered in large numbers at railway stations. The police had to resort to lathi charge when things got unmanageable. Apparently two constables of the railway police too collapsed due to the mad rush at the station.
Officials at the railway police control room here said, “At around 10.30pm the train arrived at platform number six of the station and halted for 10 minutes.”
“Shah Rukh’s fans had gathered in large number to have a glimpse of the actor who had boarded the train from Mumbai and is going to Delhi as part of the promotional campaign for his film,” railway police said.
“The crowd went berserk when the train halted and began banging its window panes and even falling on top of each other. Police had to resort to mild lathicharge to control the crowd.