"It's great to be in Chennai," announced Shah Rukh Khan, disembarking from his car in style. Facing a barrage of TV microphones and flashbulbs, the actor said, "I'm excited to be here."
Later in the evening, in a glitzy event that kickstarted the Indian Premier League, the baadshah of Bollywood decided to inject local flavour to the proceedings... and shook a leg to the superhit Naka Muka... number, apart from a couple of fast-paced Tamil kuthu songs and Bollywood numbers.
His team might not have had successful seasons in the past but that's not deterring him from supporting the bunch of cricketers that he's picked. So, what does he reckon about Team Kolkata Knight Riders chances this time around in Indian Premier League (IPL)? "They're a bunch of smart and good cricketers. The team is looking great and I hope they perform well." It's evident that the actor-team owner is banking heavily on the new captain of the team, Gautham Gambhir, to deliver the goods. "Gauti is a good man with a good head. I'm sure he'll do well."
So, has he learnt any Bengali now that he's been with Team Kolkata for the past few years? "Oh no, I haven't. I just know a few words."