UNI: For once the normally aggressive media in New Delhi was rendered speechless by the intelligent and smart rejoinders of this 'Badshah of Bollywood'! The famous 'magical charm of Shahrukh Khan was in full evidence as the 'heartthrob of millions' fielded with his trademark elan the various probing queries of mediapersons gathered in Delhi on December 4th, 06 to have their first tete-a-tete with him after the announcement of his hosting the forthcoming edition of the popular game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'.
In fact, at the very beginning of the press conference, the 'King Khan' left mediapersons speechless when he said,' Grill me, Kill me but be kind to me as I am from Delhi. ''Mujhe Dilli ke gusse se bahut dar lagta hai (I am afraid of the anger of Delhiites),'' he said in a humorous vein.
Shahrukh's witty repartees and replies laced with humour had the audience of mediapersons often in splits, leaving them raving about his excellent sense of humour.
To a question on what would be his contribution to the show as its new host, Shahrukh, pointing out to the producer Siddharth Basu and head of Star Sameer nair sitting alongside him said, ''Siddharth is the Kreator (of K in KBC) while Sameer will get the Crores (C of KBC) to the participants. Between the two of them, I am the 'Baccha' (B of KBC).''
Asked what was it like to step in the shoes of Mr Amitabh Bachchan, whose stint as host of KBC took the Game show to the crest of its popularity, after the recently-released Don, the 'King Khan', in his humorous style, said, ''I am too small to step into the shoes of Mr Bachchan.''
To another question on whether like in the case of Mr Bachchan, KBC would be a turning point for him as well, Shahrukh said, ''no, it will be a learning point for me.'' Asked as to what he felt were the reasons for Star choosing him for the show after Mr Bachchan declined, Shahrukh said, ''I am a normal middle class person with a normal upbringing. At the risk of sounding immodest, I would say that at some level, I feel I am able to connect with people, whether it is kids or youngsters, who feel that I am one of them. In that sense, I live in hearts of many people.''
On what preparations he planned to do for the show, considering that it was meant to be a test of general knowledge, Shahrukh said, "I am already brushing up my general knowledge by reading books on general awareness so that I am fully prepared when the show begins.'' To a query on what would happen to KBC of he were to be offered a role in a Hollywood movie tomorrow, Shahrukh said, ''If I have any intention of doing a Hollywood film, I will ask Sameer to produce one and get Siddharth to direct it.''
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