‘Aamir is right I am No. 2’

HOW INVOLVED is your wife, Gauri as far as managing the team and taking other creative decisions are concerned?

She is definitely making her presence felt and for the first time, I’m feeling her support. She knows that this venture can go horribly wrong for me as I’m primarily an actor. As far as her duties are concerned, she is looking after the hospitality department.

Are you nervous?

Yes, I’m nervous as I’m trying to give a platform to the youngsters and if I fail to do so, then I will lose a great opportunity. And I don’t know when the next opportunity will come.

Do we see you wielding the willow along with your boys?

No, I don’t think so. It’s a different ballgame altogether. I will have to ask our coach John Buchanan if I can drop in during the practice sessions, (which will start next month in Kolkata) and play with the boys.

How else are you going to ensure entertainment for the audience on the cricket ground?

The boys are going to be dressed as golden knights. We will present our lucky mascot Hoog Lee (an animated tiger) and his girlfriend, Shoog Lee. There are going to be cheer leaders. Bappida and Usha Uthup are going to belt out songs for the team. And if the people of Kolkata desire, I will dance as well (laughs).

Are your actor friends going to perform as well?

It will be below my dignity to reduce their status to performers. They’ll be watching all the matches and I will ensure that they arrive on different days so that we can control the crowd.

Your dear friend, Aamir Khan recently commented that you will always be at number two.

Gauri will beat me up if I say anything about Aamir as she is an Aamir Khan fan. But we are very dear friends and we have our share of fun. Even if he is serious with his comment, I’ll take it as a compliment. Aamir is more intellectual and intelligent, but I’m more instinctive. I may be famous for K-K-K-Kiran, but he really loves Kiran.

Tell us about your next film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

It’s a romantic comedy. Adi (director Aditya Chopra) has been trying to narrate the story to me but I haven’t had the time. Actually, I never read Adi’s or Karan’s (Karan Johar) scripts.

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