He"s not only the box-office King, but King Khan is a thorough entertainer when he"s got the mic in hand. The witty Khan is known to throw more than a few pun-ches at award nights or other private functions. Such is his aura, that perhaps, he"s the only celebrity who pokes fun at cricketers straight in their faces. As always, our cricketers never seem to mind his punches.
Shahrukh Khan was at his wily best during the function organised by the Sahara group for the visiting Pakistani team and our Indian cricketers in 2008 at Lucknow. Khan, who owns the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, had everyone in splits with his whacky puns during the recently held IPL Awards.
Often, Harbhajan Singh is at the forefront of SRK"s jokes. At the IPL awards, Khan took a potshot at Bhajji"s model girlfriend, Geeta Basra.
“Bhajji apka ghar kab Basra hai?" quipped SRK. While a blushing Bhajji couldn"t help break in to laughter, before SRK bounced the next question “Gita ki kasam kha kar kaho?"
The attention turned towards SRK"s KKR captain Sourav Ganguly. Khan asked Ganguly to sing Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo" – the official anthem of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Rahul Dravid, who was sharing the stage then, butted in and asked Ganguly not to use the word Jeetbo (win). Through its three-year history, KKR haven"t won many matches in the IPL.
The best jokes were reserved for former Aussie wicket-keeper and Deccan Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist. The poor Australian wicket keeper was the culprit of badly interpreted Hindi. Gilly was taught to say “I love your country" in Hindi by none other than SRK himself. The result, Gilly proudly recited “Main tumhare bachche ki maa banne waali hu". This left the audience in splits and made Gilly realize that he has been held the scapegoat of SRK"s antics!
There"s plenty more to the night. Don"t miss SRK"s antics at the IPL Awards on Sunday, 23 May at 8.00 pm on Colors.