Talks were on with several top stars, but it’s Imran Khan who will flag off his mamu’s (Aamir Khan) arch rival, Shah Rukh Khan’s TV show, Live My Life. He will be the first star to have a fan get a taste of his ‘regular’ life on the show produced by Red Chilies Idiot Box for UTV Stars.
The actor, in the midst of promotions for Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, has shot the episode with his 19-year-old fan Rhea from Chennai. Imran first sent a black Mercedes to pick her up from the domestic airport terminal. The psychology student, also an avid poetess, was welcomed by Lavani dancers at the hotel lobby. Next, Imran sent her a handwritten welcome letter along with kheer khodoms, a Bengali sweet that he relishes.
During the second half of the day, she attended a script reading session with director Punit Malhotra, followed by a complete makeover by Imran’s personal stylist, Neha. The Delhi Belly actor ensured that she attends a quick bartending class, since he has an avid interest in it.
Then, Neha, who is also Imran’s best friend, accompanied Rhea to a mock media interaction session, after which she also met his mother-in-law, Vandana Malik. Lastly, she had a dinner date with the actor at his favourite restaurant, Gajalee. He decided on the menu in advance and had the staff at their beck and call.
Shifa Maitra, head of programming (shows) says that although the show could have flagged off with SRK, Imran was a better fit. “He’s young, popular, at the top, and iconic, especially after Delhi Belly. We had conducted a research with youngsters who said we should start the show with him. And more so, he was enthusiastic about the exercise,” she says, adding, “We don’t expect a busy star to actually work out the details of a day the way he did.
He surprised us. He was shooting, but he still sent his stylist and make-up person to attend to Rhea.” Shifa informs that Imran remembers Rhea and chose her from all the applicants for his episode because she has been consistently writing to him after I Hate Luv Storys (2010) released. “Rhea and he are similar. They are intelligent, soft spoken and dignified. That got them talking,” she says. “They parted with a smile and I am sure they will be in touch for long.”