Whoever thought London is a cold, dull and drizzly city should have been at the Somerset House on 9th August 2007... as India’s biggest star put the “summer” in to Somerset House when Shah Rukh Khan Premiered his latest collaboration with Yash Raj Films – Chak De India
(Go for it India).
On a special invite by Film 4, Somerset House and the Mayor’s office to premiere Chak De India in a first of its kind in London – an open air screening of a film as a part of the 60 years of “India Now” celebrations (a 3 month season celebrating London’s growing relationship with India and exploration of India’s culture and contribution to London life), Shah Rukh Khan brought a 2000 strong sell out crowd to a near meltdown with his wit, charm, charisma and just plain Indian warmth.
The crowds just couldn’t get enough of Shah Rukh as he tried to deliver his speech over the screaming crowd. As he walked the red carpet, he was the perfect star spending over an hour meeting and greeting fans, signing autographs, posing for photographs for fans from, UK, Germany, Sweden, even India.
While in London, Shah Rukh Khan dropped in at the Oval where he sat with another Living Cricket Legend - Sunil Gavaskar and chatted live on ESPN about everything from Cricket, Hockey, The Global Indian and of course his own personal experiences of playing a role of a Hockey Coach in Chak De India - as they watched the Indian team make a great start to the 5 day tournament from the commentary box.