The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

Bollywood 'demigod' Khan casts spell on Moroccans


MARRAKESH, Morocco (AFP) - Bollywood "demigod and prince charming" Shah Rukh Khan whipped thousands of Moroccans into a frenzy at the Marrakesh film festival when he danced to the tunes of movie songs at the Jamaa El Fna square.

Khan, 47, popularly known as "King Khan", was cheered at the square - a mecca of tourism in Morocco - where a giant screen was installed to show a preview of his latest Hindi movie, Jab Tak Hain Jaan (Till My Last Breath).

In its 12th edition, the festival which runs until December 8 in this ochre city, is presenting a "special tribute" to Indian cinema as it celebrates its centenary.

"I am pleased to present the star, the icon, the demigod of Indian cinema, Shah Rukh Khan," said an organiser as the arrival of the star sparked a roar from young fans, who braved gloomy and cold weather to catch a glimpse of him.