And Masala gets the first look inside their glamorous abode!
By Ashima Sethi
Growing up, Bollywood icons didn’t get much bigger than Shah Rukh Khan. Lovingly recognised by fans as ‘SRK,’ the star’s list of blockbuster hits from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) to Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) seems to go on and on. And if you’re just as big of a fan of SRK as I am, you’re going to want to jump at this exclusive opportunity:
Shah Ruk Khan and his celebrated interior designer wife, Gauri Khan have officially become Airbnb hosts by offering a once-in-a-lifetime stay in their Delhi home. The “Home with Open Arms” campaign, which pays homage to Shah Rukh’s signature pose from over 30 years of superstardom, will give residents of India a chance to stay in the Khan family home.
Located in the leafy neighborhood of Panchsheel Park in South Delhi, the Khan’s home is exquisitely designed in Gauri’s warm, inimitable style. Though the power duo now reside in Mumbai, their Delhi home remains a special place of deep nostalgia as they raised their three children there and continue to use the property when visiting the capital city. Filled with personal keepsakes and mementos from their many travels around the world, the Khan home is a reflection of Shah Rukh and Gauri’s journey together, first as a couple, then as a family.
An oasis of peace in bustling Delhi, the Khan home is marked by bold hues, an abundance of warm, natural light from many windows and an impressive art collection. Richly textured walls, colorful tapestries, and glittering chandeliers cast an inviting glow while floor-to-ceiling French doors open to an expansive garden filled with flowers. The most telling design element, however, is a deeply personal aesthetic that captures the family’s many memories.
Photographs and knick-knacks line a wall in the master bedroom – son Aryan’s first badminton racket; daughter Suhana’s make-up brushes and the butterflies she collected; son Abram’s first birthday gift of an exquisite silver mirror and comb; original negatives of Shah Rukh’s favourite film. Another wall is adorned with the handmade cards exchanged by Shah Rukh and Gauri during their early days of courtship.
The campaign was launched on 18th November, and residents of India can apply for a chance to win the overnight stay which will take place on February 13, 2021. The winning duo will experience a curated itinerary developed by Gauri, enjoy a lavish meal at home filled with the Khan’s favourite foods, revel in a movie marathon of Shah Rukh’s favourite films and biggest box office hits, and receive personalised keepsakes from the family to take home.
According to Gauri and Shah Rukh, “The city of Delhi holds a special place in our hearts and will always be home for us. Each visit brings back cherished memories of our early days here and we are absolutely thrilled to partner with Airbnb to host guests in our Delhi home. Airbnb has made us feel at home throughout our travels across the world and we are excited to open the doors of our own home through this exclusive partnership.”
Amanpreet Singh Bajaj, General Manager – Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan said, “Airbnb offers unique and unforgettable experiences for guests around the world. Today, we are thrilled to partner with Gauri and Shah Rukh Khan on a very special campaign that offers unprecedented access to their home in Delhi. Fans across generations and geographies have long followed the journey of this iconic Bollywood couple, and this rare opportunity to be welcomed into their home is possible only on Airbnb.”
So how can you book this once in a lifetime opportunity?
In order to apply, Airbnb invites guests to share what an “open arms welcome” means to them by 30th November, 2020. A winner will be selected by a selection committee including Airbnb and Gauri Khan and will be announced on 15th December, 2020, so get applying!
For more information please visit: www.airbnb.com/d/