Capture of the "Yes Boss" film where I appear as an extra

I played in a movie with Shah Rukh Khan



Alright, the title might be a tad clickbaity, but it’s entirely true!

First off, I didn’t have the chance to meet Shah Rukh Khan, which is a bit disappointing. He wasn’t on the set that day. However, I did have the opportunity to meet Kashmera Shah (Wikipedia, Instagram) and I’m not sure if Juhi Chawla (Wikipedia) or Aditya Pancholi (Wikipedia) were present.

Second, my role was that of an “extra” and only for one day. You can spot me briefly in the background for a few seconds.

Let’s start from the beginning

I was in Mumbai in 1997 as part of my long “backpacker” travel of several months. I was 27 years old then and notably slimmer than I am now (for those familiar with me 😉 ).

I came across a paper ad, pinned on the board in the hostel I was staying at, looking for European girls to act as extras in a movie.

I can’t remember if I called or how it went, but I got accepted. This was during a time predating mobile phones and the early days of the internet, so contact was likely not via email.

I’m not sure why they were looking for European girls, but I suspect it was because we had to be in swimsuits, and perhaps at the time, they (at least that team) preferred Indian ladies to dress more conservatively, but I can’t say for certain.

Here’s a snapshot from the scene where I’m visible

If you’re interested in seeing the entire movie, it’s available on YouTube. My appearances are at the 1:01:25 and 1:01:52 timecodes in that video

(That youtube account has probably no rights on the movie, so that video might be removed at some point)

My role

As an extra, I had to lounge on a sundeck chair to fill the scene behind Kashmera Shah who was being grabbed by a stranger during a poolside sequence. At some point the director asked if any of us could dive in the swimming pool but after trying, I was apparently not a good fit for that.

My whole experience

It was an absolutely fantastic day!

I remember the sun! I was lacking sunscreen and the very friendly Kashmera Shah offered me some to prevent sunburn! Every time the director yelled “cut,” I hurriedly covered myself with the towel.

I also recall the filming location being a luxurious 4 or 5-star hotel somewhere in North Mumbai. I don’t remember the precise name or location of the hotel because, before the digital age, I wasn’t documenting everything like I do now. Nevertheless, it was a splendid setting!

The food was exceptional – truly some of the best Indian cuisine I’ve ever tasted, living up to the hotel’s high standards.

My little share of celebrity

I want to mention that I often attend international conferences (WordCamps, about WordPress) and have made many friends from India and the surrounding countries. People attending WordCamp Europe or WordCamp US, as attendees or sponsors with the great WordPress companies we find in India and the surrounding countries.

I know they’ve passed around my story, and this year, to my surprise, an Indian lady was thrilled to take a picture with me because I was in a movie with Shah Rukh Khan😉

It was a delightful taste of celebrity life 😂

Delving into Hindi Cinema

Imagine being on a Hindi cinema movie set! For those unfamiliar with Hindi Cinema (part or India’s film industry), sometimes referred to as “Bollywood,” here are a few excerpts from this Wikipedia article:

In 2017, Indian cinema produced 1,986 feature films, of which the largest number, 364 have been in Hindi.[4] As per data from 2014, Hindi cinema represented 43 percent of Indian net box-office revenue; Tamil and Telugu cinema represented 36 percent, and the remaining regional cinema constituted 21 percent. Hindi cinema is one of the largest centres for film production in the world. Hindi films sold an estimated 341 million tickets in India in 2019


Known since the 1990s as “New Bollywood”, contemporary Bollywood is linked to economic liberalization in India during the early 1990s.[98] Early in the decade, the pendulum swung back toward family-centered romantic musicals. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) was followed by blockbusters such as Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), introducing a new generation of popular actors, including the three Khans: Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Salman Khan, who have starred in most of the top ten highest-grossing Bollywood films. The Khans and have had successful careers since the late 1980s and early 1990s, and have dominated the Indian box office for three decades. Shah Rukh Khan was the most successful Indian actor for most of the 1990s and 2000s, and Aamir Khan has been the most successful Indian actor since the mid 2000s. Action and comedy films, starring such actors as Akshay Kumar and Govinda.

More about Shah Rukh Khan here

EDIT: my friend Hari (who wrote the first comment) just told me that today 2 November is Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday. It’s amazing that I posted this today without knowing that fact!! Happy Birthday Sir! जन्मदिन की शुभकामनाएं 🎂

Referred to in the media as the “Baadshah of Bollywood” and “King Khan”,[a] he has appeared in more than 90 films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. He has been awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, as well as the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Legion of Honour by the Government of France. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, several media outlets have described him as one of the most successful film stars in the world. Many of his films thematise Indian national identity and connections with diaspora communities, or gender, racial, social and religious differences and grievances.

Cinema is an important part of the culture in India, with people going several times a year to watch movies, films been watched in a lot of the surrounding countries and all over the world.

To this day, I like to watch a Indian movie from time to time, the last one being available on Netflix: Badhaai Do (2022) with a very modern take on LGBTQIA+ couples.

8 responses to “I played in a movie with Shah Rukh Khan”

  1. Hari avatar

    Such a fun anecdote! I have heard this story from you a few times, and it was so much fun to read about it. I hope you know that you’ve achieved something that a huge % of the 1.4+ billion Indian population would love to achieve – to share screen space with “King Khan”!

    Hoping that someday you can come back to India, and relive this opportunity. It so happens that we have tons of WordCamps (including one in the very city this incident happened – WordCamp Mumbai, which just concluded), so it would be the best of both worlds.

    I also see how this connects with the idea that we keep chatting about whenever we meet, of how the world is one global village, and how there are no boundaries.

    Merci beaucoup pour cette magnifique post de blog, Patricia!

    1. Patricia BT avatar
      Patricia BT

      Thank you so much for your comment Hari!

      Yes, I would love to come back to India one day, for a WordCamp combined with some family holidays, that would be amazing!

      Yes, we are going to pursue what we talked about, for a better world, let’s do that soon my friend!

      See you soon!

      PS: Bravo pour ton français, mon niveau d’Hindi est bien moins bon!!

      1. Stephanie Booth avatar

        My WordPress Dashboard told me that WordCamp Udaipur was taking place in a month… too bad for the timing, had it been a month earlier I would have gone!

        1. Patricia BT avatar
          Patricia BT

          And WordCamp Mumbai just happened last week-end!

  2. Stephanie Booth avatar

    Heavens, had you told me this and had I forgotten? We definitely need to go and watch a Hindi movie together sometime!

    1. Patricia BT avatar
      Patricia BT

      Hi Stephanie,

      I’m not sure I told you 🙂

      I know you are currently in Rajasthan. Enjoy it to the fullest and spare a thought for me when you experience the scents of the flowers of India, as well as the atmosphere of the culture, the food and the vivid sounds and colours.

      Yes to be watching a Hindi movie together!

  3. Aditya Kane avatar

    This was heartwarming story to read even though you have told me this some years ago.

    I vaguely remember watching “Yes Boss” in the late 9os I think, that time SRK was on quite a roll.

    My dad once got to sit next to Shahrukh Khan on a flight at the height of his popularity (it was the 90s and movie stars still did not fly in private jets) and they started talking about growing up in Delhi only to find out they went to the same school and dad being older than him, started asking him which old teachers of his were still teaching. After a while he realised the man was quite familiar and was “Shahrukh Khan”. Thankfully he did manage to get his autograph.

    1. Patricia BT avatar
      Patricia BT

      Thank you Aditya for your comment!

      Wow, your dad must have been thrilled when he realised who he was sitting next to 🙂

      I know that my story is told among people from India in the WordPress community 😀

      I can’t wait to visit your country again, hopefully soon. I would love to attend a WordCamp in India! (I think you already know that 😀 )

      See you soon then!

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