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SRK in hot water over baby's sex; Rohit Shetty distraught

Health officials in Mumbai are investigating after it was revealed that Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri are expecting a baby boy.

A Radiologists association in the city called for an official inquiry after a friend of the couple made the revelation about the baby's gender in a country where pre-natal sex determination is illegal owing to widespread female infanticide. 

One official told the Hindustan Times: “We have written to the state health department to find out how the actor came to know about the unborn child’s sex when sex determination is illegal in India.”

Reports say that the couple may not be in violation of Indian laws if they had made the determination of the baby's sex abroad. 

With Amir Khan’s baby already grabbing attention and Karan Johar announcing he is looking to adopt a child, Shah Rukh Khan’s baby will leave baby watchers in the gossip tabloids busy for a while.

India's ban on sex tests is part of attempts to reduce female foeticide which distorts the country's gender balance because of the general cultural preference for boys.

The couple have not commented on the matter but filmmaker Rohit Shetty - who directed Shah Rukh Khan in his most recent film 'Chennai Express' - is said to be distraught that the news about SRK's baby has stolen the thunder from the roaring success of the films' trailer, which has racked up several million hits just days after its' unveiling on YouTube.

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