Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s cousin sister Noor Jehan is contesting the election in Pakistan as she collected her nomination form from the Pakistan Election Commission on Thursday. A paternal cousin of the Indian superstar, WION got in touch with Noor who spoke about her association with the leading man of Bollywood, their common ancestry and what she wants Shah Rukh Khan to do for her at this crucial time!
On her rapport with Indian cousin Shah Rukh Khan, Noor said, “Shah Rukh Khan had come to Pakistan in 1979-80 but hasn’t been here since.” She spoke about visiting India herself twice, as she met Khan last in 2011.
Reflecting on how often they communicate, Noor said, “We earlier used to talk regularly but now he is busy, perhaps with his shooting schedules. We haven’t spoken in some time now.”
Noor Jehan and brother Mansoor have been actively participating in Pakistan’s politics as Jehan even served as a counsellor before she thought of taking the natural step ahead. On the kind of work she wants to do for the people of Pakistan, Noor said, “I want to work for the rights of women. Being a woman myself, I believe I understand women’s issues better. I wish to work for the upliftment of women. It is one thing to say (so) but quite another to walk on that path.” Noor explained that her campaign for the election will be focusing on these issues.
When asked if she thinks her close connection with the ‘Baadshah’ of Bollywood will help her political career, considering Bollywood and Khan himself are very popular in Pakistan, Noor emphasized on her family’s great contribution to the freedom struggle and social service in the past. She said, “My family has been associated (for long) with social service. My father and my uncles including Shah Rukh’s father were freedom fighters. I have full faith that my father’s name, Shah Rukh’s popularity and the work which I have done (in the past) will be recognised by the people.”
Noor thinks highly of the rich cultural bond that India and Pakistan share as neighbours. When asked how she dreams of India-Pakistan’s equation in the future, she quickly added that the “effort is that the government should resolve (all) matters quickly.” She said, “People on both sides want to be on friendly terms with each other. We like to visit India (and) it is my prayer that the border dispute is resolved quickly, and people on both sides are able to move freely between the two nations.”
Towards the end of the interview, Noor had a message for Shah Rukh as she preps for a higher pedestal in Pakistan’s politics. She said, “I would like to say that Shah Rukh Khan should pray for his sister for her to succeed.”