Actress and KKR co-owner Juhi Chawla arrives at Calcutta airport on Monday evening for the official IPL victory celebration planned at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. Picture by Sanat Kr Sinha
The somersault, the song and the shake-a-leg at the stadium with his Knights were the trailer of the Shah Rukh Khan show that brought the house down at Bangalore’s ITC Gardenia on victory night.
A source who was part of the private celebration at the hotel said the Knights, led from the front by King Khan, had “never been in better form”.
The banquets section of the hotel’s first floor hosted a “very regular” official party attended by the IPL bosses and Kings XI Punjab, but it was the shindig downstairs where everyone wanted to be. “That’s where the party was full-on,” the source said.
Team KKR, accompanied by wives and girlfriends, were at the venue looking fresh for the post-midnight party soon after returning from the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Most of them headed straight for the makeshift KKR party zone on the ground floor and stayed there till morning.
Principal owner Shah Rukh, who had been uncharacteristically restrained at the stadium until victory had been achieved, was easily the life of the party, the source said.
He danced, laughed, chatted and posed for pictures with anyone who sought him out, whether it was a player or member of the support staff wanting to take a “selfie with SRK” or someone trying to match steps with him.
“It’s all about Shah Rukh Khan when you are in a gathering like this…his charisma takes the party to the next level. Without him, it would be a regular party. But if Shah Rukh is there, the energy quotient skyrockets,” said another IPL party regular.
At the stadium, SRK had spontaneously gestured from the balcony whether he should jump too after the Knights had piled on last action hero Piyush Chawla.
At the party, he needed no prodding to get up on the bar counter and “rock it like only he can”, another of the invitees revealed.
“Once SRK starts dancing, the whole floor comes to a standstill! He is such a great dancer,” the KKR invitee said.
In between burning the dance floor, Shah Rukh would chat with his Knights, teach them a move or two and “sit at someone’s table for a while” before being back on his feet to go back to doing what he does best: entertaining.
The playlist for the celebration included SRK chartbusters such as Lungi dance, Om Shanti Om and Chammak Challo. The Bolly Badshah also shook a leg to Yo Yo Honey Singh’s Sunny Sunny.
If there was one Knight who matched King Khan’s energy, it was his favourite “there is no other Pathan…Yusuf Pathan”.
Manish Pandey, who had reserved his most important knock of his life for the final, continued from where he had left off at the ground post-victory.
“Manish is a fantastic dancer and loves to party. But then, he also knows where to draw the line,” said an admiring teammate.
All the KKR players hit the floor and danced to Bolly beats, including Pat Cummins, Chris Lynn and the usually reserved Jacques Kallis.
KKR co-owner Jay Mehta shook a leg too but wife Juhi Chawla was missing in action. “Juhi does not attend after-match parties,” a team source said.
Apart from SRK and the Knights, the cynosure of the party venue on the ground floor was the IPL trophy. Many of the guests had their pictures taken with the trophy. Kings XI Punjab co-promoters Preity Zinta, Karan Paul, Mohit Burman and Ness Wadia dropped by.
Sources said Shah Rukh was at the Knights’ celebration until at least 6am, an hour before the party ended and the caravan moved to ‘hometown’ Calcutta.