Festival fandom

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 11.11.13

Amitabh addict

Nantu Mazumdar, a 25-year-old from Liluah, Howrah, turned up at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Sunday with a collage of Big B that he wanted to gift to his hero. He has been visiting Bachchan’s Mumbai bungalow, Prateeksha, every year on his birthday (October 11) for the past decade and had “spent nights on the street to get a glimpse of the star”. Nantu made the collage with photographs spanning Big B’s career and photos of the star with his family, after he read about the festival line-up.


Khan’s knight

Rahul Mukherjee, 30, had watched Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge 156 times (yes, he keeps count). On Sunday, he wanted to wave at Shah Rukh Khan but cops shooed him away thrice. No picket fence can hold this fan, though. “I will do whatever I can… The police cannot stop me from getting close to him,” he said. He had designed the SRK banknote — Rs 1,000 with the star’s face replacing the Mahatma and “Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan Club” instead of the “Reserve Bank of India” initials. He had mailed it to the superstar on his birthday (November 2).



Star selfie

Raghav Sharma, a 14-year-old child actor, had worked with Bachchan during the rehearsals of Kaun Banega Crorepati. He didn’t have an entry pass for the film festival and tried convincing the guards by showing selfies of him with Big B, Ranbir Kapoor and Salman Khan. No, stay away! “Had Bachchan seen me outside, he would have recognised me and let me in,” he said. In Mumbai for the past one year, Raghav has acted in TV soaps Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and Punar Vivah. Currently he is shooting for the Ranbir-starrer Bombay Velvet.



Social network

Blogger Sanjay Patra begins his day reading Bachchan’s blog and follows his and SRK’s tweets till he hits the sack. He had come all the way from Haldia to see his heroes. “I tried hard for a pass but… Now I’m watching them on the giant screen outside,” said the 23-year student of business administration. “I once tweeted Big B how he manages to get ideas every day for his blog. He said they just come to him,” Patra said.