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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Rude Fans Are No Fans, Mr. Big B

Dear Amitji,

“Some that come to the platform ask impertinently why I disclose only my pictures and not some other more topical ones on issues that have a larger outlook ..
What does one say ..? This is my home my extended family and my will and desire .. I shall do what I want to do .. if you have a problem with it, do not visit us ..” (DAY - 3072)

Sir, you are absolutely right - ‘if you have a problem with it, do not visit us’, but I doubt if those ‘some’ who ask such annoying questions can even read or write or are really your fans come to have your ‘darshan’. No, obviously not, they only come with the intention to annoy you somehow, so that you are provoked to play tough with them, their mission successful if you had slapped them in front of the crowd and ordered the guards to  kick them out of the gates. Though they deserved all this and worse, but true to your wisdom you kept your cool and did not let yourself fall into their trap, as many from your fraternity fell into inadvertently. Those rude and rowdy gate crashers in the garb of ‘fans’ come with a wish to create panic at the peaceful gathering so that they can attract all the attention on them and then initiate an event that the media is always most eagerly looking forward to for their own sake. That totally unknown identity till then is instantly seen giving their version of the happening to TV and newspaper reporters. The next step could be blackmailing by them with a threat of complaining to the police or going to court. Sir, it is not my imagination speaking, but, thanks to www, my awareness of similar situation so many other stars had to face recently:

Actress Priyanka Chopra has revealed she slapped a fan for allegedly misbehaving with her when was shooting for 2010 romance “Anjaana Anjaani”. The 33-year-old star said she obliges fans by taking pictures with them but the actress is not comfortable with physical proximity.
“I slap a lot. I think once a fan misbehaved with me, I don’t know if he was a fan but, I came out of my trailer when I was shooting for ‘Anjana Anjani’. He just came and held my arms. “I am very good with taking pictures and everything but I don’t like physically being touched. So he just held my hand and started asking for pictures. I got really scared so I grabbed his collar slapped him. Then I got so scared, I ran away,” she told reporters here. Priyanka was speaking at the trailer launch of “Jai Gangaajal”, where she plays a Superintendent of Police (SP), Abha Mathur. - Indian Express

Govinda: The Bollywood star was caught on camera slapping a visitor on the sets of the movie Money Hai to Honey Hai. The visitor was apparently accusing him of misbehaving with artistes, including women.

Hritikh Roshan lost his cool when media professionals chased him at Shirdi just before the launch of his movie Kites. The actor was furious and had to shove his way through a bunch of cameras and media men to exit the temple.

Bollywood singer Mika Singh was booked for allegedly slapping a doctor at a live concert in south west Delhi.A case of causing hurt and wrongful restraint has been registered by Delhi Police against the singer at Inderpuri police station. The victim Shrikant, an ophthalmologist posted at Ambedkar Hospital, has suffered some internal injury inside his left ear due to the assault. A video of the alleged incident appeared on some websites. The incident took place at a concert organised by the Delhi Ophthalmological Society (DOS) as a part of their three-day conference being held at the Delhi Pusa Institute Mela Ground in Inderpuri

Genelia D'Souza, who recently gave birth to an adorable baby boy, once slapped a fan because of his misbehaviour. The incident happened at a showroom inaugural event in Vijayawada

The "Khiladi" Akshay Kumar once lost control and slapped a fan on the sets of his upcoming film "Gabbar". The fan, who was a dentist by profession, was trying to cross the shooting zone and this made Kumar angry. The humiliation of getting hit by a superstar didn't go well with the fan and he lodged a police complaint against Kumar.

Salman Khan, who is known for kind heart, once grabbed a fan's mobile phone and threw it on the ground. The fan got very close to the "Kick" actor to take a photograph and the superstar lost his cool.

In present times we have the luxury of learning about such celebrity episodes with one click on the internet, but think of the bygone era of Bollywood, when there was no www, we only knew about what was happening in stars’ lives off screen was through eyewitness accounts of the people present on the scene or, if we could afford, from expensive film magazines like Filmindia. I was present in the hall, Regal in Connaught Place, New Delhi, when Raj Kapoor, the greatest showman of Hindi cinema, was very much embarrassed by a rude question from a viewer come to watch his movie Awara on the first day. Raj Kapoor had made it mandatory for himself to be present on the premier day of his movies at Delhi. When Raj Kapoor appeared on the stage at interval, after the big applause when he was going make a short speech as usual, a viewer stood up and asked him - “Raj ji, aapke aur Nargis ke talluqat per aapki biwi ne kabhi aitraz nahin kiya?” Before Raj ji could answer him, the viewer was literally lifted by the Management guards out of the gate. Of course, Raj Kapoor was visibly upset and left without making the speech. There must have been many more incidents of rude fan behavior then also, of which ordinarily did not come to be known.

Sir, such rude behavior of fans is not confined to Bollywood stars only, Hollywood stars have been suffering such behavior far more many times in spite of their personal security guards to protect them. There is no better solution to deal with the situation than to keep your cool and not to give any importance to the incident and the individual who initiates it, as you very wisely did.

With regards and best wishes

Tilak Rishi


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