By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Contrary to reports in a section of the press claiming that Shah Rukh Khan danced for Kamal Haasan at a party thrown in Chennai in honour of the former on Sunday night, Shahrukh danced for the entire congregation of who’s who from the Tamil film industry at the party hosted in his honour at the Hyatt in Chennai.
And he danced drenched from head to toe.
Says Kamal Haasan, “He danced wonderfully on stage and it looked like he had come out of the bath and forgotten to dry.”
The truth about SRK’s wet and wild look that Sunday evening was a little less romantic and far more scary.
The airconditioning at the posh luxury hotel had conked off leaving SRK swathed in sweat.
Says Kamal, “It was every celebrity-bash’s worst nightmare come true. The airconditioning at the hotel broke down. We were all left seething and simmering in the heat, helpless angry and bitter. Shah Rukh was fully and formally dressed in a suit for the occasion. His condition in the heat was indescribable.But look at this entertainer! He pulled off his coat, jumped on to the stage and danced, although he dripped sweat like he had just had a bath.”
Shahrukh, we are told, was pretty much completely drained out and on the verge of dehydration after his sweat-soaked performance.
“But he didn’t care.At the moment he forgot all his discomfort. It was just Shah Rukh Saab(that’s what Kamal Haasan calls his junior colleague) and the stage . He is a natural-born entertainer,” says Kamal Haasan.
Kamal Haasan and Shah Rukh share a mutual admiration society from the time they worked together in Hey Ram 2000 .
Shah Rukh had refused to charge any money for the film claiming that the honour of working with the great Kamal Haasan was reward enough.
Says Kamal Haasan appreciatively, “Shah Rukh is a true Pathan. A man of his words. I owe him a big favour.”