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Shah Rukh Khan joins Michael Jackson, Shakira in new book on stardom

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Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan features alongside Michael Jackson and Shakira in a new book on stardom.

The Indian film celebrity features in the newly launched Transnational Stardom: International Celebrity in Film and Popular Culture, edited by Russell Meeuf and Raphael Raphael.

Shah Rukh Khan signs autographs for fans after a press conference in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. Khan is in the Indian part of Kashmir, where his mother was from, to shoot his latest film.

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Charlie Henniker, author of the chapter on Khan, told Digital Spy: "Writing about Shah Rukh in a global context showed me just how well known he is outside India, and outside the Indian diaspora.

"Instrumental in all of this was Professor Rachel Dwyer at SOAS, who encouraged me to take on a subject as massive as SRK. The conclusions of the essay just go to show that SRK is many things to many people - he's such an endearing brand and personality."

Henniker added that he was able to meet Khan when he was in London last year filming the late Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

"Having met him twice - once by design and once by chance - I can confirm he lives up to his 'filmi' presence," said Henniker.

Shilpa Shetty, Javier Bardem and John Wayne are also subjects of chapters in the Palgrave Macmillan release.

Transnational Stardom: International Celebrity in Film and Popular Culture is out now.

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