Fans gear up to watch Shah Rukh Khan pranked in Ramadan TV show

Fans are gearing up to watch the moment Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan gets pranked on Arabic TV show ‘Ramez Underground.’ (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 29 May 2017
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Fans gear up to watch Shah Rukh Khan pranked in Ramadan TV show

DUBAI: Fans are gearing up to watch the moment Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan gets pranked on Arabic TV show “Ramez Underground.”
The show, hosted by TV personality Ramez Galal, airs on MBC and sees various celebrities put through their paces in elaborate pranks.
YouTube commenters are keen to see the episode featuring Shah Rukh Khan, according to the comments underneath the promotional video.
“I swear to god, I’m going to watch the show for Shah Rukh Khan only,” one wrote.
“I’m going to die to watch the Shah Rukh Khan episode,” another said.
“I’d do anything for Shah Rukh Khan. He didn’t yell or get scared, even his sunglasses didn’t fall off. Manliness, manliness,” another said.
In the video montage, the Bollywood star can be seen dragging Ramez by his feet in a move that is not unusual on the show — the presenter is often physically assaulted by his victims after the big reveal.

The TV show is famous for its sometimes cruel pranks, which are usually played on Arab singers, actors and sportspeople.
The latest episode saw victims tricked into thinking they are on the way to an interview with popular host Neshan. Afterwards, they are taken into Abu Dhabi’s desert for a safari but quickly sink into quicksand, leading to panic.
The show is a mainstay in Ramadan and is broadcast every year with a different theme.
Last year, Ramez Galal took various celebrities — including US reality star Paris Hilton — on a turbulent helicopter ride, fooling them into thinking they were about to crash.
Twitter users took to the platform to share their excitement about the show.
“How can people hate on Ramez I mean the only thing I like to watch in Ramadan is his show,” one user said.
“So, this Ramadan all Arab fans are (going to) be waiting impatiently for that episode,” another user said of the eagerly-anticipated episode with Shah Ruhk Khan.


Sri Lanka abusing UN law to make arrests: rights group

Updated 17 June 2019
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Sri Lanka abusing UN law to make arrests: rights group

  • Police attempted to arrest a journalist for his writing on anti-Muslim riots and Buddhist extremists using the UN-backed law
  • Police have also drawn criticism over the detention of a Muslim woman during anti-Muslim riots last month

COLOMBO: Media activists on Monday accused Sri Lankan police of using a UN convention on hate speech to crack down on media freedom and the country’s Muslim minority.
The Free Media Movement rights group said the police Special Task Force (STF) attempted to arrest a respected journalist for his writing on anti-Muslim riots and Buddhist extremists using the UN-backed law.
The STF told a magistrate on Friday they were pursuing freelance writer Kusal Perera under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act.
“The Free Media Movement strongly condemns the attempts to pursue legal action under the provisions of the ICCPR Act and urges all responsible stakeholders to draw their attention to avoid using the law unfairly,” the group said.
Police have also drawn criticism over the detention of a Muslim woman during anti-Muslim riots last month. She was wearing a T-shirt with a print of a ship’s steering wheel which police mistook for the Dharma Chakra, a Buddhist symbol.
The woman was held in remand custody for three weeks before a senior police officer intervened to press for her release.
Award winning author and poet Shakthika Sathkumara has been held since April under the ICCPR act for his work hinting at homosexuality among the Buddhist clergy.
A senior police source told AFP separate investigations had been launched into the three cases.
“We feel that police exceeded their authority in using the ICCPR and we will take action against those responsible,” the officer said, asking not to be named.
The leftist People’s Liberation Front (JVP) party said police have arbitrarily detained several Muslim men and women since the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people.
The suicide bombings on three churches and three hotels were blamed on local Muslim militants.
Anti-Muslim riots after the April 21 bombings left one Muslim man dead and hundreds of Muslim-owned businesses, homes, vehicles and mosques wrecked.
Sri Lankan authorities are very sensitive to perceived insults to Buddhism, the majority religion.
However Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court in 2017 awarded 900,000 rupees ($5,000) in damages to a woman who police detained for four days for having a Buddha tattooed on her arm.