When Shah Rukh Khan asked Gauri to wear burqa, change her name to Ayesha
Shah Rukh Khan revealed that he had once told Gauri Khan to wear a 'burkha' and asked her to change her name to 'Ayesha'.
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan are one of the more popular and iconic couples of Bollywood. On October 25, they celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary.
Gauri first met Khan in 1984 in Delhi, before the start of his successful career in showbiz. Later the couple married in 1991 in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. Now both are proud parents of three children- Aryan, Suhana and AbRam.
A few days ago, a throwback video of Shah Rukh's interview in Farida Jalal's talk show went viral. In the old video one can see a young Shah Rukh revealing that he had told Gauri, who hails from a Punjabi family to wear a burqa and also told her to change her name from Gauri to Ayesha.
He recalled it as a funny incident that happened at his wedding reception. "I remember when their whole family, old fashioned people, whom I respect, whose beliefs I respect, were seated around. It was this old-fashioned reception. I entered at about 1:15 (PM) and they whispered ‘Hmmm… He's a Muslim boy. Hmm… Will he change the girl's name? Will she (Gauri) become a Muslim?"
The superstar also added, "They were speaking in Punjabi. So, he looked at the time and said, "OK Gauri, put on your burqa and let's read namaaz (prayers) now. The whole family stared at us wondering if I had already changed her religion already. So, I told them that from now on she will wear a burqa all the time, she won't ever leave the house and her name will be changed to Ayesha and she will be like this." Wittiness runs in his blood, no doubt.
He then concluded by saying, "I had a lot of fun, but the lesson in all of this was that one should respect religions, but it should not come in the way of love. But it was a great wedding and it's still going on strong."