Shah Rukh Khan with his Happy New Year Team Visits Kolkata
The New Bollywood Film Happy New Year Team comprising of Shahrukh Khan, Sonu Sood, Farah Khan and Vivaan Shah was in Kolkata yesterday to promote their film as well be a part of a show at Kolkata’s St. Xavier’s College celebrating the success of the blockbuster.
Though three members of the team, namely Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani were missing owed to a shooting schedule, an ISL match and family function respectively, King Khan aptly made up for their absence by not only apologizing but also by patiently answering way too many questions than was actually scheduled.
After the patient wait, the media had a volley of questions for the King of Romance who very tactfully answered the ones that were relevant to films and in his usual graceful manner dodged the ones that were hinted towards the political scenario of the state.
One interesting aspect that came out during the conversation with the press was that SRK never reads reviews of his own films and as he puts it, “As soon as I am done with a film, I am completely done with it”; and this practice, as the superstar stated, was grilled into him during the early phases of his career by none other than Mr. Mahesh Bhatt.
Though not too many questions were directed towards the other stars, Vivaan, the youngest member of the crew was definitely asked if during the shoot he was always the prankster or the one on whom pranks were played by the seniors to which Vivaan said that it was always a very fun atmosphere during the shoot and all of them used to keep pulling each others legs and had loads of fun in doing things together.
Salmaan Khan, who has time and again been labeled as Shahrukh’s arch rival had promoted Happy New Year on his super hit reality show Big Boss 8 on Colors Channel which remained the talk of the Tinsel town for long and when asked about his reaction on the same, The Badshah that SRK is said that it was a wonderful gesture by Salman and he is very grateful to him for the same. Shahrukh Khan also said that this little gesture would also surely help in giving the industry the true picture and people will stop talking about the tussle between stars as Bollywood is one big family and everybody there works for a common goal and that is good cinema and entertainment.
Another interesting statement made by Shahrukh Khan when questioned about his duty of promoting Bengali Films was, “Promoting the culture and even the films of Bengal is neither my duty nor my responsibility, it is rather my privilege and though I am taking a little time to put things into action, I have my plans in place and will do my very best to promote the state not just because I am its brand ambassador but because I firmly believe that Kolkata is the cultural hub of the country and it needs to be carefully nurtured”.
After King Khan’s passionate involvement with cricket and his Kolkata team KKR, his not owning a football team and participating in ISL definitely came as a surprise for the city denizens and when asked, King Khan made another historical statement and said that he did not participate because he did not get the Kolkata team and he does not prefer to take up any team other than that of Kolkata and is so finicky in his choice that if not with a Kolkata team, he would prefer never playing football.
And as is the custom, just as the time for the King Khan to wish the city Good Night was closing in, requests started coming in for a dance and some selfies with Shahrukh to which SRK willing obliged and the press conference came to an end with his fans on an all-time high!
Happy New Year, directed by Farah Khan and produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainments has already broken all records and turned out to be one of the biggest Box office hits of the year and Team Sholoana Bangaliana sincerely hopes that brand SRK will continue to entertain his fans for many more years to come.
Video: Amitav Sarkar
Photographs By: Suman Dey Sarkar