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Win some lose some

Shah Rukh announced a glam contest for girl spectators at the IPL in South Africa where one girl will be shortlisted each time and a winner will be chosen, writes Atreya Mukhopadhyay.

tv Updated: Apr 17, 2009 21:10 IST
Atreya Mukhopadhyay

With some of the biggest showbiz names hovering over the IPL, it’s impossible to keep glamour at bay. To top it, Shah Rukh Khan announced a competition, the winner of which will make headlines in India.

Of the spectators at each of these matches played at the venues in South Africa, a girl would be short-listed and at the end of the gala, the winner will be chosen. She might land a chance to act in a movie apart from a cool prize purse of 50,000 rands and a business class trip to India.

Rules of the game
Khan also mentioned that the the IPL alchemist, Lalit Modi, will be involved in selecting the winner. “He is good at selecting women. He’s a fabulous organiser of events too,” said Khan, much to the appreciation of the media and the gorgeous duo, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty.

From the eight venues in South Africa, one girl will be chosen from each match on the basis of what the TV cameras capture through the stands. Then one girl will be selected from each venue before zeroing on the most suitable girl. The grand finale of this unique glam hunt will coincide with the final of IPL II in Johannesburg on May 24.

The IPL, Khan said, is not just about cricket. He said that not all IPL teams have good looking owners. He also
promised his presence at the matches of some of his Bollywood colleagues and friends along with those of Zinta and Shetty.

They agree
He added that he doesn’t want to name them now because “it’s not about hard selling the non-cricket part of IPL.”

That was a masterstroke in disguise in a way because before saying that, he made sure that the non-cricketing part of IPL became hard and international news in the presence of a cosmopolitan cricket media. Smart move in the days of smart cricket, disagree? Also on the dais, Ravi Shastri didn’t seem to do so.