Wowing fans with a fresh attempt at Bangla at the opening of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan sought a traditional Bengali ‘dhoti’ for the next edition, promising to be fluent in the regional language. The King Khan of Bollywood has special connect with the city by being the co- own of the most popular Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders.
“I have promised that I will keep on learning Bangla. My Bengali has to get better. This is my new attempt with eight lines. Please bear with me. Let me get this right because by next year I have to do it without reading it off a paper,” Shah Rukh said attired in a tuxedo while officiating as the co-host at the KIFF inaugural, according to IANS report. The other star guests of the stage along with SRK were mega star Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Hassan and SRK’s co- star from many Blockbusters Kajol.
“Ei film festival er bishesh onusthane uposthith thakte pere sammanito bodh korchi. (I feel honoured to be present at this special event). Sanskriti ebong oitihjjyor ei shohor (Kolkata is the city of culture). Shob cheye Mishti Shohor Kolkata (It is the sweetest city),” said SRK to rousing applause.
The 52-year-old actor who is Bengal’s brand ambassador, also requested a ‘dhoti’.
“Next time I am going to ask my friends to give me a dhoti also… Come and speak in full Bengali… fluent also and be here,” he said, congratulating State Chief Minister Minister Mamata Banerjee for organising the festival.
Mamta Banerjee on her part promised the attire. “We will give a dhoti-panjabi to Shah Rukh. He has asked us,” Mamata Banerjee added.
Shah Rukh Khan has also shared a picture on Twitter where he is seen hugging Mamata Banerjee with a sweet caption that read, “Too much fun and love at KIFF 2017. Love my Kolkata & as always the warmth of Mamata Banerjee…U r the sweetest.”
Too much fun and love at KIFF 2017. Love my Kolkata & as always the warmth of @MamataOfficial…U r the sweetest. pic.twitter.com/rTDwzkT9cJ
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) November 10, 2017
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted his pictures from the festival and thanked all for the warmth and hospitality
T 2707 – Inaugurating KIFF, the International Film Festival in Kolkata .. and the joy of being among dear colleagues and friends .. and the love of the people of Kolkata .. thank you all pic.twitter.com/GKr6F4Q75v
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 10, 2017