A massive crowd of 15,000 people had gathered just to catch a glimpse of the superstar.
Indian Railways will rethink its policy of permitting film stars to book trains by paying a ‘special fee’ after a 45 year old man died at the Vadodara Railway station where fans of Shah Rukh Khan had gathered to see him.
Ravinder Bhakar, the CPRO (chief public relations officer) of Western Railways said “Shah Rukh Khan’s train travel with 60 crew members of the about to be released movie Raees was in accordance with the procedural norms” .
R. Bhakar said that the permission had been given to the crew only after the team had deposited a promo fee of ₹1.80 lakh. Security control rooms across all different zones had also been intimated about the details of this travel.
Film shoots and promotions are permitted in trains, stations for a special fee. Many railway officials feel that this policy must be revised, given the risk of stampedes at overcrowded railway stations & in the case of film stars, norms need to be made more stringent.
The huge crowd created a stampede in which person has died. Shah Rukh didn’t get off the train but waved to the crowd & asked them to watch the film Raees from a loudspeaker.
Given that he has a responsibility to his fans, whom he always thanks for his fortune and fame, he should have opted a better way to promote his film than to use a train which is meant for public transport as it not only causes huge inconvenience to those who need to travel & may not be die-hard fans of him.