I am usually mature about things (stop smirking, will ya!) but when it comes to Salman Khan I become a star struck child. I am totally unaffected by all the brickbats people shower on him and I usually find myself dreaming of the time, when at least once in my lifetime, I would be face to face with him (someday…sigh!).
Anyway, it was a friend who sent me an invite of a promotional event that was staged for the promotion of Salman’s upcoming movie Jai Ho here in Mumbai. Initially, I was a bit skeptical since I always avoid crowded places. Also, with a little child it becomes tough handling them in gatherings like these. Nevertheless, I was unsure how soon it would be when I would get a chance to at least get a glimpse of him live, again. After all, I have been dreaming to see him live since I was fifteen years old. I guess, with regards to him, I never grew up!
So with the little one in tow, I made my way to the venue where the event was scheduled. Even though I was well past the event time, I thought it was still worth a shot. So there I was among the college going crowd fighting their way to get the best view of the stage. In spite of trying real hard I could only get as close as 20 feet from the stage and that too on the corner. I placed the little one at a deck where the speakers were placed so she would have a better view. Also I wanted at least one decent picture of the actor on stage and she promised to help.
We kept waiting for almost 2 hours and then the little one’s patience waned away. She descended from where I had perched her and refused to go back. Her place was quickly occupied by another child who refused to budge, as well. There went my only chance to have a clear picture, but I did not give way. In fact, all this time even I felt it was completely unworthy to just stand there amidst the college crowd, wriggling their bodies to find that perfect spot from where they can have a better view.
But before my patience completely ran out, we heard a roar and there he was on the stage. I jumped on my feet…no view. A huge push from the back did not help me move any further, either. Plus I was holding on to the little one so she does not get pushed. My phone in one hand, I waved to a youngster to help me get a click that he, with great difficulty, managed somehow. The results were not too great, but somehow, it turned out as a memory I am going to cherish forever.
Once the picture was done, I moved out from the crowd towards the parking and placed the little one on top of the boot of the car while I stood on the foot of the car door to pump myself up a bit. There! I had the first and only view of the superstar I had been longing for almost half of my life!
Salman Khan’s Jai Ho releases on January 24, 2014. And in case you want to know what we can hope from the movie, please hop on to Movie Preview: Jai Ho.
Linking this to Ultimate Blog Challenge– January 2014