If you like love stories, you will never want to miss this year's Indian Premier League final. This time, apart from being Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders versus glam doll Preity Zinta's Kings XI Punjab, the IPL final is also making headlines as the immortalised Veer vs Zaara. What's more? The Veer vs Zaara hashtag is already trending on Twitter and is being used by Twitteratis very frequently along with every IPL talk.
Shah Rukh, whose resurgent Kolkata team will take on Preity's high-flying Punjab in Sunday's final at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium, became known by his character of Veer soon after he and Zinta starred in an award-winning 2004 Bollywood film called Veer Zaara, featuring the latter as Zaara. (Pics: The Knight of Knights and the Queen of Kings)
The movie, which is based on Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh) going to Pakistan to meet his love interest Zaraa Khan (Preity Zinta), takes an unexpected turn when Veer is implicated as a RAW agent and ends up spending 22 years in prison.
Shah Rukh was overjoyed when KKR earned a spot in the IPL 2014 final after beating Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs in the first qualifier. The tournament is one of the most popular sporting events not just in India but across the world.
The goal is set & our mission is true. The Knights will fight in sun or rain.Oh Kolkata we will always come for u.KKR pic.twitter.com/ClXo4uM5oe— SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) May 28, 2014
Zinta, whose team Punjab will contest their first ever IPL final this year, was ecstatic after Kings XI beat the Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs on Friday in a match dominated by Virender Sehwag's 58-ball 122. She expressed it all on Twitter! (Highlights)
#Raina was brilliant 2night & almost gave me a heart attack. Thankgod he's part of team INDIA. Thank U Mumbai 4the support 2night :-) Ting.— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) May 30, 2014
Shah Rukh's Kolkata Knight Riders have already won the IPL title in 2012. Having won eight games in-a-row this year, the Knights have been unstoppable with Yusuf Pathan getting back to his best and Sunil Narine ruling the roost among the bowlers.
Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, are in the form of their life with Glenn Maxwell hitting bowlers out of the park on almost every ball with his fancy reverse sweeps and scoops. South African star David Miller and Aussie skipper George Bailey have added muscle to the team with their T20 skills.
However, for many Bollywood fans in India, the final will center around Shah Rukh vs Preity Zinta or Veer vs Zaara. Some are also calling it a 'Bollywood final'.
and #VEERvsZAARA is trending already :)— //Satish Hembrom\\ (@iam_saty) May 30, 2014