Shahrukh Khan Boards Rajdhani Express With Raees To Box Office – Meeting Waves Of Fans At Each Stop

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It’s a sight worth beholding. Shahrukh Khan peeping out of the doors of the train and fans going berserk outside. Mobile phone flashes were going off in rapid succession. Anything anyone had to say was drowned out in the sound euphoria emanating from the sea of fans – men and women, old and young. It would make any king, any celebrity of any status feel slight. That’s the scene on each stoppage of the August Kranti Rajdhani express from Mumbai to Delhi with Shahrukh Khan on board, on his way to Delhi, taking Raees to his hometown, meeting fans on the way.

SRK boarded the train at Mumbai Central, barely making it before the train pulled out, making his fans very nervous. The August Kranti Express leaves Mumbai Central at 5.40pm. Today, it left a couple of minutes late and the King Khan managed to board three minutes before departure.

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Before leaving his home Mannat, SRK told the press, “I was so excited and nervous because I was going to travel by train after a very long time, apart from one time with my kids.”

Mumbai Central was packed with fans energized with anticipation and jubilation. As SRK came, accompanies and shielded by security and boarded the train, the crowd cheered, waved and chanted his name and their good wishes.

Bollywood Red Shahrukh Khan Rajdhani Express Raees Promotions Mumbai Central Battery Nahi Bolneka Baniye Ka Dimaag aur Miyan Bhai Ki Daring Udi udi jaye patang song Tu shama Hai To Main Hun Parwana

Bollywood Red Shahrukh Khan Rajdhani Express Raees Promotions Mumbai Central Battery Nahi Bolneka Baniye Ka Dimaag aur Miyan Bhai Ki Daring Udi udi jaye patang song Tu shama Hai To Main Hun Parwana

Bollywood Red Shahrukh Khan Rajdhani Express Raees Promotions Mumbai Central Battery Nahi Bolneka Baniye Ka Dimaag aur Miyan Bhai Ki Daring Udi udi jaye patang song Tu shama Hai To Main Hun Parwana

 

Bollywood Red Shahrukh Khan Rajdhani Express Raees Promotions Mumbai Central Battery Nahi Bolneka Baniye Ka Dimaag aur Miyan Bhai Ki Daring Udi udi jaye patang song Tu shama Hai To Main Hun Parwana

 

 

 

 

The train is scheduled to arrive in Delhi at 10:55 am at the Hazrat Nizamuddin station with stoppages in Andheri, Borivili, Wapi, Walsad, Surat, Baruch, Baroda, Ratlam, Kota, Savai Modhopur and Mathura.

What happened on the stoppages is better seen because it can not be described in mere words. Here is Shahrukh Khan himself keeping us abreast on Twitter:

On trains, SRK said:

“I have some nice memories which I cherish. I went to Agra on a train from my first salary. I have also told this story before that when the train enters Mumbai it gets converted into a local and one can’t take a single birth per person. So the passengers scolded us. When I was Delhi then I used to travel by train very often and of course also in DDLJ.”

On the train, accompanying Shahrukh, are Rahul Dholakia and Ritesh Sidhwani, the director and producer of Raees, are travelling with SRK.

It’s not just any train journey. It’s a cry to his past, a promise fulfilled, dreams realized, a career coming a full circle – in fittingly Bollywood-ish way.  25 years ago, Shahruhk Khan made a journey on train from Delhi to Mumbai, with dreams and aspirations. When he laded, he promised himself the moon and today he is taking another train back to Delhi, with moon in his hands.

Aside from the emotional angle, it is also a marketing masterstroke that is working better than anyone expected. The train journey has started a wave of euphoria that will go all the way to the box office and will crush anything that comes in the way. Alongside the train journey of epic proportions, Shahrukh Khan is also engaging his fans on social media from around the country, encouraging them to buy tickets. And the fans are responding in hoards.

The Raees magic started when Shahrukh Khan released the trailer. The trailer went crazy viral. Then came the song “Laila Main Laila”, which not just went viral, but it topped international YouTube charts. Then came the dialogs that fans all over the country loved. Then the romantic songs of SRK and Mahira Khan were released and the whole country seemed to fall in love with them.

Come 25th, Raees will lock horns with Hrithik Roshan‘s Kaabil. The two movies have been on collision course for some time and moves and counter moves have been made for an advantage at the box office and fans of both stars have been holding their breath to see the battle as the release date nears.

The wait is almost over though. One can almost feel the curtains rise and the act about to begin. Raees vs Kaabil and Shahrukh vs Hrithik – only time will tell who wins the race.

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