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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tonight is the night when Shah Rukh Khan will appear on Kaun Banega Crorepati 3 for the last time (okay, we're getting sort of dramatic here, but technically it's true, no?)
While this season comes to an end today, despair not dearies, for SRK will be back before you know it later this year. Here, King Khan shares with us some of his memories from KBC 3.
How did you feel on the last day of the shoot (March 26)?
I felt very sad that it was ending. It was difficult bidding farewell to everyone. KBC 3 wasn't just work but lot of enjoyment too. Almost 200 people were involved.
It was exciting meeting new people and waiting for something different to happen. In film shoots, we know the scenes; in KBC 3, there was something new happening every day - some good and some not so good.
On the last day, everyone got nostalgic. We had a wrap-up party that went on till 4.30 am. We all sat and chatted and I gave everyone little gifts. It was great.
Salman Khan never comes on TV. Did it take much convincing to bring him on KBC 3?
No. Salman knows that I won't ask him or anybody else personal questions. Shilpa Shetty was to come on the show too. I wanted three couples, and Katrina was to come with Lara, but it didn't work out.
It was only a last minute decision to have Salman and Katrina Kaif together. So I asked Salman if he and Kat would come together, and he consented. It was as simple as that.
All four of them - Salman, Kareena (Kapoor), Katrina and Priyanka (Chopra) - were very sweet. Salman knew most of the answers. In fact, he was constantly poking fun at the questions pretending like he didn't know the answers.
How have your children reacted to KBC 3?
They love it. In fact, my son Aryan was very disturbed when he heard that it is ending. His teacher and friends love the show and he loves to show off how young and cool his father looks on KBC (laughs). He was only satisfied when I said I would be coming back.
What's the biggest lesson you've learnt from TV?
I've learnt to be more real, from people who are not as financially gifted as I am. Stars live in ivory towers and get disconnected from reality. So KBC helped me reconnect to reality and to simple and kind people.
I will be a better actor after this stint. I've discovered that people love to have a good laugh, so sharing my sense of humour with them made me feel happy.
Your most emotional moment on KBC 3?
There was this man who lost after the first five questions, but he was brilliant in the dummy run. He was not well versed with TV or films, else he would have been fantastic.
After he lost, his wife kept telling me that he is an intelligent man. Woh bahut achche hai (he's very smart), she kept saying. I literally cried. I felt very sad because he indeed was very smart.