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Shah Rukh Khan exists in purest form as an entertainer

By Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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In the din and scramble to cover the wedding of Abhishek and Aishwarya one epochal event on which the curtains were put down last evening has literally gone unnoticed. After a spattering start, and odious comparisons, KBC with Shah Rukh Khan as its anchor came to an end. The last episode in this series was grand as it had two pair of celebrity guests Priyanka Chopra and Karishma Kapoor, and Salman Khan along with Katrina Kaif.

From the very first episode, when Shah Rukh Khan appeared as the anchor replacing Amitabh Bachchan odious comparisons were being drawn and every action and move of Shah Rukh Khan was dissected and bisected with a microscopic eye. Probably as a result of this only, and to convey to the public that this show had a different timber and texture, a spoof on AB's error proof deliverance of dialogue in Hindi was spoofed at, but subsequently with baptism by fire Shah Rukh Khan himself was able to communicate with the audience in a literate Hindi.

One of the most redeeming feature of this version of KBC was the impromptu showering of gifts to the participants by Shah Rukh Khan which had prompted Bomman Irani, when he had appeared on the show to display his empty wrist to Shah Rukh to convey that he was also waiting for the watch. It was also for the first time that the contestants were awarded with the cars, which had not been done earlier. Shah Rukh in his own manner therefore gave a new direction to the programme and was able to develop warmth with the participants in a youthful manner.

Jury may still be out, as to whether the TRP ratings increased or decreased between the two anchors, but this has to be viewed from the perspective that when Shah Rukh was anchoring the programme there had been mushrooming of the TV channels as compared to the times when AB was doing it. With such a premise, if he was able to attain the same level of TRPs, with a fluctuation of +- 6-7% then he has attained the objective.

This series also brought into relief the hidden talents of our stars, for example who would have known that Sanjay Dutt is an accomplished guitar player, who can groove to the beats without guitar in the hand, or that Bomman Irani can sing in multiple voices and that is why he never bathes alone, or that Salman is an accomplished Nan Chaco player whose timing for comedy is still to be explored by the directors and that Katrina Kaif is an accomplished and knowledgeable lady, who so far has been projected as one who is at sea in Hindi. The effeminate charm with which the duo of Salman and Katrina gave performance on the last show of KBC may not be an opportunity that could be provided to the average moviegoer, if the fans have missed this episode as it would be a difficult choice to cast both of them together. Their performance on the show however eloquently pointed out that Salman and Katrina are indeed made for each other, and she is a lady who also has a terrific sense and timing for comedy.

The best parting gift that Shah Rukh has given is to the participants by nominating some of the participants for their talents and performances and awarding one of them as being number one. It is coincidental that probably for the first time a performance from North East has been given the first prize, and Shah Rukh being the catalytic agent, would have accumulated for himself additional fan following in the North East. This has also opened a new platform for the participants, to show their prowess, other than the quizzing prowess, which brings them to the hot seat.

He may not have been able to freeze his performance in the initial stages, and they would have melted away, but his subsequent performances have been frozen in the hearts of the fans till the time he begins the new innings, and the image would not suffer a frost bite, but whenever it is visited it would convey the purest emotion, as frozen ice is the purest form in which water exists, and so would Shah Rukh exist in purest form as an entertainer.

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