Huge Indian movie star Shah Rukh Khan was an honored guest Friday night at the SFFILM Fest, appearing on stage with Hollywood director Brett Ratner whom Khan says he's long been an admirer of. And in the course of their sold-out talk at the Castro Theatre, Khan taught Ratner the Lungi Dance a dance popularized by Indian rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh via the 2013 Bollywood film Chennai Express, which starred Khan. "Not only can he dance, but he smells delicious," Ratner said.
Introducing the event on Friday, as American Bazaar reports, SFFILM’s Executive Director Noah Cowan said, "Above Shah Rukh Khan’s fame as an actor is a man known for his pervasive curiosity about the world around him, about technology, about our collective future." Cowan added, "Khan is among the most engaging figures in any field and this night, in conversation with Hollywood wizard Brett Ratner, will be among the most memorable of this year’s Festival events."
Khan who's known globally just by his initials SRK compared La La Land to Bollywood films, with all of its dancing, and Ratner said, possibly in jest, that one day he'd like to remake Rush Hour with Khan, according to the Hindu Times. Khan egged this idea on, as the Hollywood Reporter says, adding, "It’s high time that such a wonderful and beautiful action-comedy film came to India. I’ll get involved in some way or the other. I’ll do the production for him (Ratner) if I am not acting."
Friday's event honoring Khan was followed by a screening of Khan's 2010 film My Name Is Khan, which to date is the highest-grossing Bollywood film in North America.
In addition to the Khan tribute, this year's festival included events honoring actor Ethan Hawke, and director James Ivory.