It's not easy being a celebrity. Shahrukh Khan is living proof of that. The actor rarely gets upset, but when his authority is challenged, King Khan roars loudly. On Sunday, the actor was told to keep a safe distance from his team. The Anti-Corruption Unit of the ICC told the KKR owner that he should not be in the players' dressing room and their dug-out was out of bounds too.
Yesterday, IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi briefed the media on allowing owners of IPL teams access to dug-out area for unlimited time, there was a rumour that Shahrukh and other owners would have only fifteen minutes of time in the specified area.
When asked about the controversy Shahrukh says, "I have no issue with them. Nor do I need to ask for 15 minutes etc to meet with the team I own. Only IPL or IMG or whoever is in charge of stuff on grounds should inform their officials from ICC or whatever other agency they are from, about the rules before they question someone who has all the accreditations, passes or permissions with him/her and incidentally, happens to be the owner of the team too."
The actor feels he is being targeted because he is a celebrity, "It's quite prevalent now to take on a known personality and behave high-handedly so that one gains some form of personal importance. It's happened a few times before, during the matches too.
I decided to be civilised about it, in the larger interest of my team's morale and state of mind especially when they were down. Someone sent me a message yesterday if you want to lead the orchestra you have to learn to turn your back to the crowds.
I guess I will turn my back on this one too and keep trying to make the music that makes sense to me and that gives me very little time to answer to these loud regulatory noises around me don't walk here, don't enter the dressing room, don't dance there, don't meet players! Hey!
How about don't mind my business, try and mind yours more efficiently for a change that will be more helpful. Now if I want to meet my team I will do so at my house, or in their hotel, not on the grounds for 15 minutes!"