British fans show their love for Bollywood favourites Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone as they promote their new movie Chennai Express in London.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 31 2013) (REUTERS) - Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone visited a cinema in a suburban area of London on Wednesday (July 31) to promote their new movie Chennai Express.
Hundreds of screaming fans turned out at the multiplex in Feltham, west London, to welcome the famous pair who rewarded their patience by signing autographs, posing for photos and performing a dance from the movie.
"It's very nice to see everyone, it feels very warm and wonderful," Shah Rukh Khantold Reuters Television. Commenting on the screaming crowds, he added "Indians and all of us the subcontinent people, all of us are mad and crazy."
The fans appeared to enjoy the experience of getting close to their idol.
"I love Shah Rukh Khan he's my most favourite actor in the world and I am so happy to see him today," said one fan, Sarah from Boston.
"He's the best actor ever and I love him, I love him so much," said another fan TJ Smith from London.
Chennai Express tells the story of a Mumbai man (Khan) who ends up on a totally unexpected journey that makes him realise the importance of love, life, relationships and sacrifice.
"It's a journey of a 40 year old who has had a protected life with his grandparents, now he's just wanting to break free and change his course of life, gets onto a train to go some place else, ends up someplace else, ends up somewhere else with a lady who speaks a different language, a culture he's not familiar with and they fall in love," Khan explained.
Khan, 47, said the big twists and turns in his own life happened well before his 40th birthday.
"I didn't know I would ever take to acting so my twist came early. My parents died, one thing led to another, television came to India 20 years back, it was very nascent, I became a big star and things have changed so yes I have had a twisted life for a long time now," he said.
His co-star Padukone admitted Khan had played a huge part in her career success since they first worked together in 2007's Om Shanti Om.
"I worked with him in my debut film, he's sort of responsible for launching me and where I am today," she said.
Khan said he loved visiting London and would be using his free time here to browse the capital's bookstores.
"I have kids so I use every excuse to buy every kind of book without looking silly in a bookstore. So I buy comics, I buy Pokemon, I buy Horrid Henry, I buy everything. And that's for me and I go to the toy stores and do the same," he said.
Chennai Express, directed by Rohit Shetty, releases worldwide on August 8.