‘Diana’ based on a superficial idea: Dr Hasnat Khan (w/gallery)

Published: October 8, 2013
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Diana biopic based on a superficial idea says Pakistani doctor Hasnat Khan. PNG Archive

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Pakistani cardiologist Hasnat Khan has contributed to the torrent of derision washing over the new movie about his real-life 1990s affair with Diana Spencer.

Khan told The Sun he hasn’t seen the picture, Diana, in which he’s portrayed by Lost hunk Naveen Andrews. But, he says, “it’s based on a superficial idea” and is a “betrayal” of the facts.

His big beef is the film’s suggestion that his family, in Pakistan, rejected Di because she wasn’t Muslim; that’s nonsense, he says.

Khan has long maintained a gentlemanly silence about Diana, but “when it’s in your face, it’s hard.”

“The past few weeks have been tough,” he told the Daily Mail. “I know Diana would be saying, ‘Stay focused and keep getting on with your life … Be happy.’”

Married and divorced in the 2000s, he’s now single, doctoring in England and for a charity in Ethiopia. He’s 54.

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