“Don’t underestimate the power of the common man” – Shahrukh in Chennai Express
Close to 20 thousand student- fans at LPU had a close glimpse of their loving stars Badshaah of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan and ravishingly gorgeous Deepika Padukone at LPU Campus, today. Each and every one in the sea of people at LPU was eager to be face to face with mega stars. Both reached directly from Chennai to LPU by a chartered plane to address a press conference and to perform at LPU Stage. As the hit melodies from the movies of SRK echoed, the energy level of the lively LPU multitude got accelerated. Students & staff-members expressed in screams, sighs, moans, shouts, sways in response to each gesture of the celebrities. There were maddened movements in the massive crowd that spilled far on to the campus near Students’ Resource Centre to every waving of King Khan & Deepika towards the huge audience.
Amidst King Khan’s and Deepika’s marvellous, superb performance, the spell-bound crowd continued looking amorously at the stars. Both of them enlivened young fans by dancing to “Chennai Express” and other hit numbers, such as “Kashmir Main Tu Kanya Kumari”, “One two three four!” etc. When Shahrukh uttered dialogues of his portrayed characters Raj of DDLJ, Raj Malhotra of Baazigar, Rahul of Chennai Express, Devdass and Don, the crowd got delirious with happiness. Wooing fans with his key line from “Chennai Express”, “Don’t underestimate the power of the common man”, SRK let LPU environ resound with huge claps, shrieks and thumps as he told his fans, “I love you LPU… this is extremely wonderful. I have visited many of the campuses in the country and the world, but this has something special in itself… I don’t want to go from here… I am all yours… I want to remain here amidst you all.”
Deepika Padukone thanked LPU students for their Punjabi Hospitality. She was happy to see the bubbling Punjabi energy at the LPU campus. Sharing her part of performance, she attracted the spectators through her mesmerising dance.
Welcoming the heart throbs of billions at LPU campus, Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal said: “It is really going to be a memorable and motivating day for LPU students as they are going to start their new life at university in the inspiring company of leading stars from Indian cinema. They have reached campus to bless, guide and motivate LPU youth for their successful endeavours ahead. I personally feel that the simplicity, humility, upbringing values and successes of the two stars will certainly let students learn and imbibe their high-traits.” Mr Mittal also accorded his thanks to the mega stars for being a part of LPU family.
Praising the students group which accompanied the stars during stage performance, the great & humble SRK boosted the youngsters. In answers made for many questions put by LPU students of Film Production & Journalism, SRK told them about his ‘mool- mantra’ of success and of being the King Khan of Bollywood. Deepika also told about her hard work in the film industry. The students were very excited to meet the stars. They said that the day will always keep on motivating them to achieve success in their life: “Such a big start of our academic pursuits is surely going to impel us to succeed.”