Wednesday's SRK no-show at Wankhede stadium during the KKR-Mumbai Indians clash came after a section of the crowd had heckled him during a previous match, where Ganguly was playing
It was touted as the clash of the tournament. On Wednesday, as Wankhede played host to a match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, many saw it as the ultimate faceoff between two iconic Mumbaikars – Shah Rukh Khan and Mukesh Ambani. While the Ambani clan turned up in their all-blue regalia, the KKR stand was shorn of its brightest star. Shah Rukh was not there. In fact, he was far away, at Mannat, watching the match at home with Karan Johar and other close friends.
And while everyone thought that Khan was celebrating his best buddy's birthday – KJo turned 39 on Wednesday – some of his closest friends say that SRK's absence had a lot to do with a bruised ego.
SRK's friend and Juhi Chawla's husband, Jai Mehta, told us, "The last time Shah Rukh turned up for a KKR match in Mumbai, he was booed by a large section of the crowd. It hurt him badly." The match, which was held at DY Patil Stadium on May 19, saw KKR give Pune Warriors a sound drubbing. It was a high-pitched contest, as it saw Sourav Ganguly playing against his former home team for the first time. While those who expected fireworks between Ganguly and SRK were disappointed, many in the crowd didn't take Shah Rukh's win sportingly.
It has been learnt that King Khan confessed to his pals that the jeering from his "own people" left him bruised. "After doing so much for this city, this is not what I expected," he told his friends. "And he has vowed never to turn up for any KKR match in any of Mumbai's stadiums," Mehta added.
This is not the first time that Shah Rukh has exposed his vulnerable side. Some time ago, the star swore off Twitter after being hit by a volley of abusive messages. "Twitter broke my heart," he said, "I need to cut myself off from negative energies."