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'No harm in SRK watching cricket matches'

November 21, 2007 17:24 IST

Former Indian captain Kapil Dev defended Shah Rukh Khan's presence at cricket matches, saying that the association of a celebrity like him would popularise the game.

He added that Shah Rukh was a cricket fan and watched the fifth ODI between India and Pakistan because of his sheer craze for the sport.

The cricket legend came in defence of SRK, when the latter announced that he will never watch cricket matches in stadiums because of the comments made by some BCCI officials.

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"Like any other cricket buff, Shah Rukh took time off to watch a match, and there's nothing wrong with that. If the Prime Minister of India comes to watch a match, it's a great thing for cricket," he said. "Shah Rukh is known for his movies, and if he has a chat on his film, I don't think it's wrong."

Kapil said that a star like Shah Rukh did not need to use a cricket match to publicise his film. "Shah Rukh is already a popular personality through his films. Does he need cricket to popularise himself and his work?"

On a lighter note, Kapil Dev talked about his favourite film actors. "Dev Anand was my childhood hero," he said. "In my younger days, I liked Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. Now I like Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh."

Kapil, however, refused to list his favourite heroines. "Yeh nahin bataoonga, aapko bura lagega (I will not tell that, you may feel bad)," he concluded.

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