|Deepika Pudukone and Shah Rukh Khan, at the Eden, on Wednesday.
Picture by Gautam Bose
Calcutta: Shah Rukh Khan had promised the fans that the Kolkata Knight Riders won’t let them down. Well, the champion side, led by Gautam Gambhir, kept King Khan’s promise.
On Wednesday, at the electric Eden which had a 60,000-plus crowd, the Knights gave King Khan enough moments to break into an impromptu jig.
After the Knights’ six-wicket victory over the Delhi DareDevils, Shah Rukh did a victory lap. Later, while speaking on the television he said: “It’s wonderful… The whole team had prayed.
“They have been looking forward to carrying on from where they had left off… What makes me even happier is that we had the opening ceremony here.
“The city which has been so kind to us for so many years… We could return something to them with what we are best at, that is entertainment.”
Alongside Shah Rukh was Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone. Shah Rukh, the good host, thanked her for her presence.
“Deepika has stayed back after the ceremony… I’ve promised her that when the Royal Challengers Bangalore will be playing some other team, and not the Knights, I will go and support them. I will cheer for the Royal Challengers from Deepika’s side. I would like to thank Deepika on the team’s behalf,” Shah Rukh said.
Deepika, too, enjoyed the game. “It’s always fun… It was a great game to start the season and the Knights have done really well and set the pace for the rest,” she said when asked about the match.
Shah Rukh also expressed his love for the city. “Itni khusi milti hain, itna pyar milta hai City of Joy mein…
“I have experienced a lot of goodness in life, but what I get in Calcutta, what KKR get in Calcutta, is awesome…
“All are friends. My children, my family, the whole team… We feel so happy.
“I feel we owe it to the city to come and share some joy, some energy, in whatever little way we can do. Calcutta, I believe, was cheering only for me.”
The star, on a lighter note, promised that if the Knights win the title this time, he would do “a double somersault from the top of the railings.”
And for the fans, there’s something to cheer even more than the victory. “I would love to come here for every match,” Shah Rukh said.