Shah Rukh Khan charms Berlin
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is shooting the much-hyped sequel of his 2006 hit ‘Don’ here, says he is so in love with the city that if told he would not mind dancing on top of a tourist bus.
Khan, who plays a dreaded don in the Farhan Akhtar directed movie, said the idea to shoot ‘Don’ in Berlin came while he was visiting the city during the 2008 film festival.
“I am just happy to be in Berlin. I love it. If you told me to stand up on a tourist bus and dance, I would do it,” Khan told reporters at a press conference even as several hundred of his fans camped outside the Friedrichstadt Palace there to get a glimpse of the star.
“It is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever see… I have been here for two weeks and I don’t feel I am working,” he added.
The 44-year-old actor enjoys a huge fan following in the German public, especially women who travel around the globe to see him.
Khan alongwith Bollywood beauties Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta will be busy finishing a major chunk of the movie. The actor will also celebrate his birthday here on November 2. His wife Gauri and kids are set to join him for the celebrations.
Akhtar, who returns behind the camera after a short stint as an actor in films like ‘Rock On!’, ‘Lucky By Chance’ and ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’, said he was impressed by city’s diversity in architecture, cinematography, music and the people.
A 70-member crew from India is in the city and they are all set to kickstart the shooting after a two-week preparation. The film will be shot at city’s prime locations like Brandenburg Gate, the Olympia Stadium, The Gandarmen Market and the East Side Gallery.
The country hopes that Shah Rukh Khan’s presence will lure other Bollywood filmmakers and tourists to Germany.
‘Don 2’ is also getting financial support from the media board Berlin-Brandenburg, a state owned organisation and the German Film Promotion Fund.