Celebrity spotting is an intense pleasure for us, we are always hopeful for memories but it just doesn’t always pan out as expected.
1. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
I approached a shy Nawazuddin Siddiqui who wasn’t yet popularly recognized and monopolized him for 30mins. By the time I got my second click, the shy actor was told by his friend that he had to get used to people crowding for pictures soon enough. True talent and true humility.
2. Tisca Chopra
At the Mumbai Airport, I spotted my first celebrity, Tisca Chopra, then I was dumbstruck. She was beautiful, period. She smiled at me, I somehow mumbled, ‘Can I take your picture?’ Her reply was, ‘Take it with me.’ I never managed another word, I was overwhelmed by her simplicity.
3. Parveen Dabbas
I just went numb when I accidentally bumped into Parveen Dabbas. I stupidly said, ‘You’re so tall, aren’t you?’ my friend went rigid with embarrassment while he smiled and said, ‘Lucky for me!’ He then gave me his autograph, cupped my cheek and left in his car.
4. Shah Rukh Khan
SRK was shooting for Fan in our society and had requested us to not film videos of his stunts and scenes. Nonetheless I did and he spotted me in the act. When he walked towards me, I was scared silly. He calmly asked for my phone, deleted the video and clicked a selfie with me. I blurted, sorry and thank you in one breath; he smiled and went back to his work.
5. Katrina Kaif
10-yr-old cousin was an avid fan of Katrina Kaif and on spotting her in a hotel in LA, bounded up to her to express his admiration and of course, a picture. She blurted out a rude ‘No’ and stormed away from him. She lost a loyal fan that day for breaking the heart of a little fan that was ever so polite.
6. Shabana Azmi
A rainy day and not many people were around in the Crafts Museuem when we saw Shabana Azmi. We went to greet her and as soon as we did so she outright ignored us and turned around. We gave it a second try but she didn’t even bother acknowledging us. Feeling awkward, we just went back to ourselves.
7. Sonam Kapoor
For 15mins I sat next to Sonam Kapoor in an office and only realized it when an assistant asked her to go and sit inside. She looked so different in real life from her reel life.
8. Arjun Rampal
In a queue to enter the aircraft, I sensed a bustle behind me only to discover that Arjun Rampal was there. A cute girl came forward, handed me her smartphone and asked me to click them together. I fumbled with the phone long enough for him to point out that I was holding it all wrong.
9. Abhishek Bachchan
At the Drona premiere, I spotted Abhishek Bachchan in the theater lobby bad mouthing a hapless journalist. I wiped the grin off my face, pocketed my camera and backtracked my way.
10. Ajay Devgan
A Land Rover overtook our bike, we decided to race back ahead and glimpsed at Ajay Devgan at the steering with Kajol and their daughter. They stopped at a temple but we were intimidated enough by their bike riding bodyguards to leave without pictures.