Over the moon at being invited to inagurate the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), megastar Shahrukh Khan on Sunday said that he would love to learn Bengali from actress-politician Jaya Bachchan to be a ‘true Bengali’.
“Thank you Kolkata for adopting me and giving me the opportunity to be here. I have been coming here for the last three years and I promise you next time I am here I will speak in Bengali so Jaya aunty feels I am truly, truly from Kolkata then,” said the actor at the opening ceremony.
“I will come to you and learn from you. So next time when you stand on stage I will be a true Bengali and welcome everyone.”
During the inaugration ceremony, Jaya had addressed her husband Amitabh, SRK and Kamal Haasan as “non-real Bengalis”.
Shahrukh Khan, who is also the brand ambassador of West Bengal, hopes that platforms like the ‘KIFF’ offer a huge boost to Indian films and help them reach greater heights.
“Festivals like this one express collective happiness over life, I think. I hope creative interactions of this scale help Indian films reach the height that great filmmakers present tonight, and those who passed away, like the wonderful Rituparno, dreamt of for Indian film,” Khan said, finishing his speech by quoting Satyajit Ray.