The seventh edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is rapping the door to lay the fire at the Abu Dhabi following a grand gala dinner party, which is going to anchored by Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is going to bulge up in the gala party along with his ‘Devdas’ co-star Madhuri Dixit Nene and ‘Chennai Express’ co-star Deepika Padukone.
Contempt of his tight busy schedule, the one of the greatest entertainers that Bollywood can ever get, has managed to not only attend the prestigious gala party, but he is going to anchor the event and also dance on his some hit tracks. His team has already arrived in Abu Dhabi and taken off their training session. Although, they failed to defend the title last year, but this time they are keeping their bull’s eye on the trophy to earn it back.
Controversies, squabbles, wrangles and rumors had encircled him most of the time in his 48-year-old lifespan. His role as an owner of the IPL franchise side has also not been kept out of this controversy.
When Shah Rukh Khan had decided to buy an IPL team in 2008, he had been made a subject of criticism if a Bollywood actor would be able to nurture a team. However, keeping aside this controversy, his Red Chili Entertainment, being allied with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta’s Company Mehta Group has bought the Kolkata Knight Riders team. With this buying, he has welcomed many other controversies.
First of all, the team could not perform well in the first three seasons, failing to acquire the title each time. The team had to face many criticisms because of their poor performances. It used to be claimed that the team could steal the limelight because of Shah Rukh Khan and its engagement with many celebrities, not because of their on-field performances.
Nevertheless, the team had begun improving from the fourth season as it qualified for the IPL playoffs and made it to the Champions League Twenty20. In 2011, the brand value of the team was calculated at $57.5 million.
Then Shah Rukh has arrived at another dilemma, when his franchise team had decided to abandon the then-captain and icon player of the side Sourav Ganguly. This decision had hiked up a cloudburst among the ‘Dada lovers’ and they almost decided to go against KKR, go against Shah Rukh Khan.
It was claimed that Ganguly had to face insults from the team owners and supporting staffs when he was being ruled out. When King Khan had been asked about this, he simply replied that he does not have any regret over the decision, and his staffs think that Ganguly is not in shape for the shortest format of the cricket and at the same time they took a ‘big chance’ by running the ide without Ganguly. This statement did not seize the criticism, however, amplified the trouble more.
Finally, they have conquered the title in 2012, led by Gautam Gambhir, defeating the defending champion Chennai Super Kings on their home ground Chennai, and could able to stop the controversy somewhat.
But with this victory, the year has brought him another trouble, when he has been banned from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for five years because of his misbehaving with the security guards of the stadium. He was trying to enter the pitch with his daughter after the match and the award giving event, but the guards did not allow him to enter without the pass which made him feel insulted in front of his daughter and left him mad with the guards. He got involved in the arguments with them and got banned from the stadium for five years.
When he had been asked about the issue, he tweeted with his normal attitude that he doesn’t want to go to the stadium. It’s better to watch matches from home. Well, the statement implies his natural arrogance indeed.
In the interim, he has ground him in troubles many times, whether it’s been accused by the anti-smoking lobby for despite of his immense public influence his excessive smoking during the IPL matches in 2009, or being quite shattered when the match-fixing and betting outrages have thrashed upon the tournament last year. He had also been doubted like all other franchise owners to be involved in betting corruption, though he had been given clean cheat later.
Now that, the question dribbles in the same point that if a Bollywood star is able to run an IPL franchise side without controversies or not.
Many people love him for what he is. But at the same time he has offered many controversies to the other people to hate him too.
No matter what wrangles he has sent through the roof till now, it can say, interestingly, that like his Bollywood career, he has started his IPL career as an ‘anti-hero’ and you can love him or you can hate him, but, undoubtedly, you can’t ignore him.