An abiding moment of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival inauguration on Friday would remain the on-stage interaction between Shah Rukh Khan and yesteryear actress Rakhee -- the mother-son duo of the 1993 movie Baazigar -- which not only struck an emotional chord among the public but also gave some priceless moments of fun.
Rakhee, who is a Bengali, was seen teaching Shah Rukh Khan some Bengali words. She chose Rabindranath Tagore's evergreen song 'O Amar Desher Mati, tomar pore thekai matha' (o my country's soil, I bow my head to you). Rakhi was seen loudly pronouncing each of the words, and asking Shah Rukh to repeat them. SRK duly obliged.
Once the lesson was over, Rakhee hugged SRK, turning highly emotional. He, however, said he had no clue what all he had said.
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"I have no idea what I have said. When I was doing Baazigar with Rakheeji, and now... We've worked together in Baazigar. For me, it's just an excuse to stand close to the most beautiful woman in the world, so, thank you very much Rakhee ji," said Shah Rukh Khan.
Present at the inaugural of Kolkata International Film Festival was CM Mamata Banerjee, Rakhee, Sourav Ganguly, MP Nusrat Jahan, MP Mimi Chakraborty, Shatabdi Roy, Deb Adhikary, and other dignitaries like director Srijit Mukherji and actress Indrani Halder. SRK inaugurated the festival by lighting the diya.
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In his speech, Shah Rukh Khan also confessed his love for Andie MacDowell, saying he has loved her since he was 26. The actor was also conferred with 25th Kolkata International Film Festival commemoration trophy, presented to him by Nusrat Jahan.
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