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How celeb fans cheered from afar

Some celeb fans of KKR failed to make it to Bangalore but kept cheering the team from wherever they watched the match. Metro tracked them while the match was on

Usha Uthup, who has always led the KKR cheer brigade from the stands, was “sad” that she couldn’t visit Bangalore to watch the Knights’ final battle but that didn’t dampen her spirit.

“How I wish I was there!” sighed the singer, who was clad in KKR’s purple and gold since the afternoon. “Ever since I got a message from Shah Rukh and Juhi’s office that they wanted me to be there and would keep passes for me at the stadium, I was very excited. But when I was ready to buy flight tickets, not one was available. All the airlines were booked! I was ready to leave with my purple salwar, purple shoes, purple bindi and purple bangles and praying for a cancellation, but it didn’t happen. Maybe I was destined to cheer my favourite Knights from their hometown.”

Usha was in the Chepauk stands in 2012 when Shah Rukh’s team won the IPL5 trophy.

During Sunday’s encounter, when Sehwag’s wicket fell, Usha shouted: “I’m so excited! I feel bad about feeling happy with someone getting out but what to do, it was such a great catch! Now I’m looking forward to the match even more. The nail biting has already started….”

At the start of the match, Usha received an SMS from Juhi: “Ushaji… We just showed a video clip to the team… You were also in it.” The diehard fan vowed not to take off her purple shoes till the end of the match.

“The nailbiting finish was amazing! What a treat for all of us,” said Usha.

Jeet, who too has been a regular at KKR matches, cheered his team from his New Alipore home where he watched the match with “friends and brothers”.

The tolly star was in Chepauk during the 2012 final but could not make it to Bangalore because of “my own Game”, a Jeet-starrer that was released last Friday. “I feel bad for not being able to go to Bangalore.”

He found himself a tee that was as close to the KKR colours as possible before settling down in front of the television. “I haven’t been able to watch all the matches this time but I keenly followed KKR’s progress.... KKR has kept up with the pressure.... The way Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir have been playing and with Punjab going strong, it’s definitely going to be a tough match,” Jeet said shortly before the first innings ended.

Jeet, who shook a leg with Shah Rukh and taught him a few Tolly steps during the celebration at Eden for the 2012 triumph, said: “SRK is a true mentor, he knows how to pep up his team. I remember how before the 2012 final he had arranged for a speech and video to motivate the team. I’m sure he must have done something similar this time as well.” Jeet stood on his toes during the last two overs before breaking out into celebration. “My message to KKR is ‘Shake the booty, start the party… party all night!’ said an ecstatic Jeet.

Rituparna Sengupta, who has always been at Eden during a KKR match, told Metro from Frankfurt where she is holidaying with husband Sanjay Chakrabarti: “I will miss cheering for KKR live. But I am with them in spirit and it doesn’t matter whether they win or lose because they’ve never failed to entertain us. A KKR match means going to Eden with my family, cheering loudly with a tub of popcorn, drinking cola and laughing a lot. A KKR match is like watching a ceeti-taali commercial masala film. I wish them the best!”