SRK takes a dig at BCCI

PTI | By, Mumbai
Jan 26, 2008 01:49 AM IST

Having won the IPL bid for the Kolkata team, the superstar says he hopes that he's no more seen as trying to promote his films when watching a cricket match.

After a run-in with the Indian Cricket Board last November, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan took a swipe at the body saying there should not be any objections if he now watched cricket matches.

"No one should have objection if I watch a match now," said Shah Rukh after he won a bid on Thursday to own Mumbai team in the high-profile Indian Premium League(IPL).

The actor was at the receiving end of an outburst on November 20 by senior BCCI official Ratnakar Shetty who alluded that cricket matches were being used by stars to promote films.

The remark, which saw the actor in the centre of a controversy, was in the context of veiled suggestions that his attendance at cricket matches including the T-20 final was an attempt to promote his film Om Shanti Om.

"The one thing I hope that does not happen is that people think I am watching a cricket match to promote my film. I will be supporting my team," Shah Rukh said taking a potshot at the BCCI on Thursday.

Reacting to Shetty's remarks, Shah Rukh had said he was sad and disappointed over the remarks by Shetty and that he does not have to depend on other's platform to push his films.

BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla had defused the controversy when he said the Cricket Board has no objection to Shah Rukh or any other film personality coming to watch International cricket matches involving the national side.

Shah Rukh had also said he was not going to watch cricket matches in future if it has not gone well with the BCCI. But now that the star is the owner of a cricket team the tale may well turn out to be "Chak de Shah Rukh".

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