A Questionable Status


It’s been a month since I’ve made my big move to London. Yes, it’s been crazy – from the apartment hunting to the new job training – but one thing I love about being in this city is the madness. The constant motion of people and events. So far, I have ran into 2 celebrities, both from the Bollywood industry. As expected, both these experiences were really interesting and put the whole ‘fame’ status into perspective.

The first encounter I had with was with Karan Johar. He was walking down Oxford Street, near Marble Arch when we crossed paths. It was like seeing someone you know but you can’t remember how. I stared at him for a few seconds before I realized who it was. The good news: no one else recognized him. The bad news: he didn’t want to be noticed at all.

I went up to him and asked for a picture. All those years of seeing his films, watching him on TV and reading about him, it felt like I knew him – so it didn’t cross my mind that he would decline – which he did. For those of you who don’t know who he is, Karan Johar is like the Steven Spielberg of India. His exact words to me were: “Sorry, I am kinda in a rush“.

That was all it took. I was disappointed, and a tad surprised. I’m not a die-hard fan, so I wasn’t that bothered about it – but it made me think about the fame these celebrities have and how they don’t really make the most of it sometimes. They want to be recognized for their work and have this persona, yet in a moment they want to deny it and leave fans disappointed. Does he really think I will meet him at another time and get my picture? Chances look pretty slim!

Had I been a fan, would I have been more persistent? Would I insist? Would he still be in a rush? Now I am a fan of many famous people, take Brad Pitt for example. The chances of me finding him unaccompanied by body guards strolling down Oxford Street are next to zilch, but I think that he wouldn’t be in a rush. He would respect his fans. As you can see, even though I said I am not upset by Karan’s actions – I clearly hold a grudge. Well, I am putting it out there now – it’s not like I will see him again to tell him how disappointed I was (all I wanted was a picture to Instagram!) Until then – angry tweets it is!


7 thoughts on “A Questionable Status

  1. I always have such mixed feelings about this kind of thing. On one hand, it’s part of their business, on the other, I would hate to be stopped in the midst of my day and errands and be recognized. Sorry you felt slighted though. 😦 Doesn’t seem like good PR on his part.


    • I know what you mean, I understand where he is coming from but at the same time – it is rude to turn away those who genuinely are rooting for you. Very poor PR indeed!


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