TGIF: Shahrukh Summer, a Quiz, Leather Daddy or Dad Wearing Leather?

This is a follow up on yesterday’s excellent post. I sent it off to my Professionally Queer friend (drag king, works at a queer history museum) for analysis which lead to a discussion of whether any of those photos could legitimately be considered “Leather Daddy” or not.

As I see it, Shahrukh in Leather breaks down into two categories. Either, “A Dad who Has a Motorcycle” or “A Leather Daddy”. Very different things. For each of the following photos, which do you think is the correct answer?

Shahrukh in Prague, it’s a cool jacket but kind of a dopey expression, I say “dad with motorcycle”

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Shahrukh in JHMS? 100% Leather Daddy

Hmm, maybe a mixture? “Leather Daddy who now has kids but still remembers his glory days?”

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“Dad with motorcycle, no doubt”

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“Dad with motorcycle waving hi”

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“Leather Daddy”

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Dad with motorcycle laughing at microphone

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Guy who will become Dad with motorcycle but right now thinks he is cool

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Leather Daddy

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On the young side, but still definitely Leather Daddy

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Leather Daddy

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Hmmm. I guess “Dad with motorcycle on date night”?

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Leather Daddy

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Dad With Motorcycle. I just can’t with the cargo pants

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Very young Leather Daddy

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Dad with Motorcycle pretending to be a Leather Daddy but thinking it is kind of silly

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Leather Daddy

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Tired Dad with Motorcycle

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Tired Leather Daddy

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do you agree with my categories? Which version do you prefer, Leather Daddy or Dad? And of all these photos, which would you put up in your locker?

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14 thoughts on “TGIF: Shahrukh Summer, a Quiz, Leather Daddy or Dad Wearing Leather?

    • Which Leather Daddy for preference? I thought I would like Don best or Harry, but somehow I find myself drawn to the last “tired Leather Daddy” photo.

      On Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 12:04 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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        • Yeah, Leather Daddy Who Now Has Kids would have been my favorite except for the blond streak. Stupid blond streak.

          On Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 2:13 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  1. What is this post even. lmao. I like the tired dad with motorcycle which is surprising because it’s hard to top Harry but I like this nonchalance in that pic. Trying too hard never works for me.
    Anyway, I discovered that the Financial Review article is behind a paywall if you access it via a computer but available fully if you use your phone. Go figure!
    https://www.afr.com/life-and-luxury/arts-and-culture/bollywood-king-shah-rukh-khan-talks-power-politics-and-metoo-20190801-p52d3h
    It’s more substantial than anything I’ve seen so far – talks about #metoo, Modi’s nationalism, power, etc. It’s just so obvious how much better journalists are in other countries. India journos should be ashamed.

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  2. Not the right place but I wasn’t sure where to put this. Just did a copy/paste of the article since it’s so difficult to access in case anyone wants to read it.
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    Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan talks power, politics and #MeToo

    The man universally known as SRK is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, but even his powers has its limits in the face of rising nationalism.

    Michael Bleby
    Senior Reporter
    Aug 17, 2019 — 12.15am

    Bollywood vies with cricket as India’s national form of entertainment and its superstars dwarf anything imaginable in this country for their reach and influence – and Bollywood doesn’t get much bigger than Shah Rukh Khan.

    The 53-year-old “King” Khan has been a pillar of the Mumbai-centred film industry, which churns out thousands of movies in more than 20 languages each year, ever since he since broke through to the big time with 1992 movie Deewana.

    Despite a few recent lean years in terms of hits, SRK, as he is universally known, remains big enough, and bankable enough, to voice Mufasa in the Hindi version of Disney’s remake of the The Lion King. (His adult son voiced the role of Mufasa’s son Simba.)

    A 2014 Forbes ranking put his earnings at $600 million, higher than Tom Cruise. He has more followers on social media than cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and has even parlayed his film success into India’s other obsession – as a co-owner of the Twenty20 team Kolkata Knight Riders.

    It gives him a unique position to talk about power, and how people treat it. Here in Australia for the opening of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Khan is happy to discuss the way it works.

    “I don’t think you can force humility and regularity with power,” he says. “Power is a powerful drug, a powerful opiate. It can mislead you.”

    The wiry, trim Khan (his trademark mane tended by an assistant during his photo shoot for AFR Weekend) speaks in the considered way you would expect of a man who has fronted national immunisation campaigns and won UNESCO awards for his commitment to children’s education.

    Yet even Khan’s power has limits in the face of growing nationalism, as his response over India’s heavy-handed Kashmir move reveals (more on that later).

    But if politics is about power, so is the film industry. And when it comes to power in his own backyard, Khan is blunt. “I’ve been powerful in the world that I work in; I’ve enjoyed it a lot; I still enjoy it.”

    Voice of authority

    On the #MeToo campaign that has also rocked Bollywood – last year the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association suspended filmmaker Sajid Khan following complaints of sexual harassment made against him by three women – Khan is a voice of authority.

    Khan – who was raised solely by his mother after his father’s death when he was 15 – says it’s crucial for men, who are more likely to misuse their power than women, to learn to treat people fairly from an early age. “I was brought up by my mum, sister, wife, daughter – all the people who work with me are girls. I think that just adds a bit more sensitivity to it.

    “I need to tell my son to behave in a certain manner from the age of three. And not just tell him; show him this is how it should be, even if you get powerful,” says Khan.

    He sees it as a process that has only started, and hopes the women who speak up are recognised for their bravery and that the movement doesn’t get buried under meaningless words of empowerment.

    “It’s a longish process for some societies, but it’s important,” says Khan.

    But in politically polarised India – a growing global power that by 2025 will be home to one-fifth of the world’s working-age population – even superstars walk a political tightrope.

    Khan, who with 38.6 million followers is India’s second-biggest Twitter personality, talks with great caution when asked about the government of the largest Twitter figure – Prime Minister Narendra Modi (49.3 million).

    Many Bollywood figures showed a bias in favour of Mr Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP party ahead of this year’s election that returned the BJP with a strengthened majority. Director Karan Johar, who was seated on the other side of Victoria’s Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley from Khan at the Indian Film Festival’s opening press conference, promoted Modi in a “choreographed” series of Tweets in March, Huffpost reported.

    ‘I am a storyteller’

    Khan is more circumspect. A Muslim married to a Hindu, he has previously spoken critically of India’s “extreme intolerance” and faced accusations of being “anti-national” as a consequence.

    The skilled Bollywood performer dances around the topic of India’s political climate after its national election. “I am not so well-versed,” he says. “When I think of the thing I am well-versed in, I am a storyteller.”

    He speaks about social media, insisting he is not scared, worried or wary.

    “We’re in this huge noise of everyone wanting to say something, I think we are given in to a lot of sensationalism … So I think a little bit of restraint is very important, because I’m a public figure.”

    Politics matters in the world’s largest democracy. The business of ideas, and who sells and buys them, is a fast and raging contest in any developing country with huge disparities in wealth and opportunity. Indians are politically vocal – a point worth noting in Australia, with its existing 700,000-strong Indian community and where Indian-born Australians are expected to number 1.4 million by 2031, outnumbering Chinese-born Australians.

    “The Indian diaspora may prove over the next two decades to be the most politically active of any migrant group in Australian history since the Irish,” former Australian foreign affairs department head Peter Varghese wrote in a key government report published last year.

    So in the face of the Indian government’s “darkest moment” – its unilateral decision to revoke the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, and turning it into a federally controlled territory – it’s no surprise that Khan opts for caution.

    At last week’s press conference opening the Indian Film Festival, SBS Radio journalist Mosiqi Acharya asked if any of the 16 Bollywood stars present would comment on India’s heavy-handed move on Kashmir.

    The silence lasted three embarrassed seconds before festival director Mitu Bhownick scrambled to pick up the question that dropped to earth like a wet cricket ball.

    Cultural bridge

    “Arts and cinema has to be used as a cultural bridge. I don’t think this is the platform for something like this,” Bhownick said, while Martin Foley stated that “what happens in India and Kashmir is an issue for the Indian and Kashmiri people and government”.

    After a few more film-related comments, Thiagarajan Kumararaja, director of the acclaimed movie Super Deluxe (2019), looked across at Acharya.

    “I will answer that question, about what happened in Kashmir,” he said. “The very point that we were all silent about it says a lot about it.”

    Kumararaja, a Tamil from India’s south, made it clear he opposed the government’s behaviour in Kashmir. “The very idea of sending troops to the border, shutting down schools and colleges – these say a lot about government’s move and this is not new to us because this has been happening for the past six years.”

    After the press conference, I asked Kumararaja why nobody else had answered the question about Kashmir. “Because they’re easy targets,” he said. “They get trolled on social media … and because it’s bad for business.”

    Powerful political leaders are like powerful actors and Khan’s comments about #MeToo – “I don’t think you can force humility and regularity with power” – apply just as much to the ruling leaders in Delhi.

    Like cinema, politics is about storytelling – in this case, the national and cultural narrative that voters buy in to. And in India today, even the storytellers of Bollywood are thinking twice before they add to the political narrative.

    Amid an answer that is as long and as dramatic as a Bollywood dance routine, Khan points out that being superstar puts a target on his forehead when it comes to commenting.

    “Sometimes I’m mistaken. ‘Did I say this?’ And then I have some journalist who will again sit down and ask me: ‘But you said that …’ I say: ‘No, but I didn’t, I wanted to say that.’

    [And then it’s a matter of] ‘Oh, fuck it. I’m just not going to talk about this,’” he gives a small laugh to soften the clear frustration. “It’s like this now.”

    https://www.afr.com/life-and-luxury/arts-and-culture/bollywood-king-shah-rukh-khan-talks-power-politics-and-metoo-20190801-p52d3h

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  3. Sorry, it’s either Butch Lesbian Leather Daddy or Leather Twink, those are the only options. Of the two I obviously like Butch Lesbian best, but really the best thing about SRK is his perpetual twink energy, so.

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