Goa goes berserk over SRK

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Indo-Asian News Service

Panaji, Nov 24 (IANS) All roads in Goa led to Kala Accademy, as Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan was here to inaugurate the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2007. From eight-year-old Harshda to her mother and a huge bunch of aunts -- age no bar -- they all thronged to have a glimpse of their favourite actor.

"I love Shah Rukh Khan. I just came to see him. I saw him, but he was in the car," said Harshda, a class IV student of Sharda Mandir, who had come Friday to see Shah Rukh Khan.

Asked which Shah Rukh Khan movies she had seen, Harshda said: "I have seen his 'Om Shanti Om' in Innox, but I liked him more in 'Main Hoon Na'." If Harshda was over the moon, her mother Sunita was no less excited.

"We have been waiting here for more than an hour. But what I didn't like was that Shah Rukh didn't wave at us. We were all here to see him," she told IANS.

King Khan's magic affected the cops too. While the fans -- most of them women and children -- were going berserk, the policemen deployed to control the crowd outside the Kala Accademy were all keyed up for a glimpse.

"I won't tell you my name, but I'm so excited that finally I got to see Shah Rukh Khan from close quarters. I love his films. We are on duty so we can't talk much, but it was certainly a pleasure seeing him," said a policeman.

Although the locals have not been showing much enthusiasm over the ongoing festival, the "Chak De! India" star attracted definitely stirred up the state capital.

Some fans managed to breach three security cordons to have a closer look at the star. Two girls, Amrita and Aarti, were jumping with joy and said they pretended to be media persons to see their favourite star.