Kolkata: Kolkata produces the best of Indian cinema and is the country's cultural and literary hub, Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan said on Thursday evening.

"I really believe in the cinema of Bengal. We have some of the best cinema coming in from this part of the country," said 'King Khan' at the inauguration of the Kolkata Film Festival, the country's oldest.

He said, "I believe that the history of our arts, literature, poetry and films cannot be written, or ever begin without the state of West Bengal."

He said foreign delegates should take time off and explore the rich heritage of the metropolis besides watching films. "Even by breathing here, you will go back richer in arts and culture," said the 46-year-old actor.

Highly appreciative of the audience at Kolkata, he said that artists all over the world always search for passionate people like Kolkatans.

"At a personal level, I have been visiting Kolkata regularly for the last 4-5 years. Now I am even trying to learn its language and read more books from here," he said.

Ever since Shahrukh bought the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008, he has been taking special interest in Kolkata and never misses an opportunity to fly down.

Even though he charges a hefty fee for shaking a leg at private weddings, the 'badshah' of Bollywood agreed to come down for KFF without charging a penny.
 
SRK evades questions on ED grilling

Shah Rukh Khan, who was quizzed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with alleged irregularities in IPL-2, on Thursday evaded questions on the topic.

"I will not answer any more questions now. I have come here for the film festival," Khan told reporters when asked about ED questioning him.

The 46-year-old actor, who is also the owner of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, was in the city to to inagurate the eight-day Kolkata Film Festival.

There have been allegations of ill-gotten money flowing into the T-20 tournament from foreign tax havens.

ED sources said that Khan has been asked to submit documents relating to the buying of players, advertising, profit and loss and share holding pattern of his franchise to
the agency in two weeks..

(Agencies)