Chandigarh, January 25
Amul sure knows how to honour people. India’s most popular dairy cooperative decided to dedicate the latest edition of its iconic cartoon to India’s legendary star Shah Rukh Khan after the actor recently sent autographed photos of himself and a handwritten note of appreciation to an Egyptian travel agent who helped a fellow Indian.
Amul decided to honour the actor’s gesture with one of its own: a cartoon of Shah Rukh Khan and the Indian traveller, Professor Ashwini Deshpande. Cleverly captioned “Pardes me Swades Ka effect”, the cartoon has the actor holding an autographed photo in one hand a quill in the other while a delighted Deshpande stands in front of a pyramid.
‘Swades’ and ‘Pardes’ are two of Shah Rukh Khan’s movies.
— Amul.coop (@Amul_Coop) January 24, 2022
It all started a few days ago when Professor Ashwini Deshpande took to Twitter to tell people about the Egyptian travel agent who readily helped her when she needed to transfer some money to him because she was from Shah Rukh Khan’s country. She tagged Shah Rukh Khan’s production house Red Chillis Entertainment in a second tweet days later to ask if they could arrange for an autographed photo of the actor to be sent to the obliging agent.
Here are those tweets.
Needed to transfer money to a travel agent in Egypt. Was having problems with the transfer. He said: you are from the country of @iamsrk. I trust you. I will make the booking, you pay me later. For anywhere else, I wouldn’t do this. But anything for @iamsrk. & he did!#SRK is ??
— Ashwini_Deshpande (@AshwDeshpande) December 31, 2021
My husband & I finally met the man in this story today! I told him about the tsunami of good cheer his story generated. @RedChilliesEnt: he would be delighted with a photo of @iamsrk, autographed in his daughter’s name if possible. Please DM me if this can be arranged, thanks! ?? https://t.co/Ea9nckNqFm pic.twitter.com/q44KeOVTw7
— Ashwini_Deshpande (@AshwDeshpande) January 10, 2022
A very happy ending to this story. 3 photos signed by SRK arrived today, one with the nicest message for the Egyptian travel agent, one for his daughter & one for mine @Ketaki_Varma ???? Thanks @pooja_dadlani for getting in touch & of course to ?? @iamsrk for the gracious gesture https://t.co/lYd431dBUq pic.twitter.com/Rhn1ocQlbo
— Ashwini_Deshpande (@AshwDeshpande) January 22, 2022
Meanwhile, Deshpande tweeted Amul’s ad saying: “As if the tweets going viral wasn’t unreal enough, now this. Appearing in the iconic @Amul_Coop ad that too with @iamsrk!! No words or emojis can capture what I am feeling right now”.
As if the tweets going viral wasn’t unreal enough, now this. Appearing in the iconic @Amul_Coop ad that too with @iamsrk!! No words or emojis can capture what I am feeling right now. https://t.co/rVZBLiIJR0
— Ashwini_Deshpande (@AshwDeshpande) January 24, 2022