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04-07-2012, 08:44 PM #1
Shahrukh plans promotional film for West Bengal
Bollywood Baadhshah Shahrukh Khan is the brand ambassador of West Bengal. Shahrukh, who already owns the Kolkata Knight Rider's franchise, has a special place in the Bengali heart. Mamata Banerjee had bowled SRK the proposal to bat for Brand Bengal during the inauguration of the Calcutta Film Festival on November 10 and he had promptly given his “verbal approval”.
A couple of months later, the state government had sealed the deal with a formal letter to Shahrukh. Now the news is that Shahrukh Khan will soon shoot a promotional film to showcase the state's beauty.
"We have discussed the plans and will take it forward," 'King' Khan, who will soon star in advertisements promoting the state globally, said after a 45-minute meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here today.
He said he wanted everybody in the world to see Kolkata and the people of West Bengal. Asked about his plans as the ambassador of the state, he said, "It is about my love and attachment for the people and the city and so I don't think there has to be concrete plans." Noting that the people here showered him with affection ever since he bought IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008, the 46-year-old actor-producer said, "I don't need publicity and neither does Bengal need publicity."
The actor was dismissive about his fees.
"My fees for the job is that I have to get free fried fish." The 'Don' was served the delicacy in the chief minister's office. Asked about the invitation to deliver a lecture at the prestigious Yale University as it's Chubb Fellow, Khan said it was be a big honour for him. After the meeting, Khan left with the chief minister M to watch KKR's match at the Eden Gardens.