We all have that one person we are smitten by. Though chances of meeting that person could be slim, sometimes even non-existent, we still dreamily cling to hope.
They do not know that we exist, but we sure do make it our life’s mission to know as much about them — from their dog’s recent spa appointment to their maid’s full name. We swear by them and pick on anyone if they so much as utter an unsavory word about them. We are their ‘die hard’ fans after all.
With Shah Rukh Khan’s latest movie exploring this complex relationship between a fan and their idol, and questioning how much is too much, we introduce you to people who did go a little overboard with their celebrity obsessions.
A 52-year-old karate expert, he unveiled a bust of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on her birthday in 2013. Creep alert: It was made of 11 litres of blood collected from himself and his students since 2004. Two years later, he underwent a crucifixion for over six minutes to mark Amma’s 67th birthday. Four 6-inch iron nails were hammered into his palms and feet to mount him on a cross.
Sanjay Patodia, Bernadine D’souza
The only thing common between these two people is their love for megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Sanjay Patodia built a temple for the actor in 2003. Instead of an idol, it has a pair of shoes that Big B wore while shooting for Agneepath, placed on a chair used in the movie Aks. Regular hawans and poojas are conducted here for Bachchan’s longevity and success.
Bernadine D’souza, 103-year-old resident of Santa Cruz, suffers from Alzheimer’s. She does not recognise anyone, however close or distant, except one person — Amitabh Bachchan. Moved by her love for him, the Piku actor had sent her a personalised video message to mark her 100th birthday three years ago.
The 42-year-old businessman from Lucknow changed his name to Vishahrukh Khan. He has over 22,000 photographs of Shah Rukh Khan plastered all over his house, car and his wholesale homeopathic medical store. He drove with his wife to Mumbai for their honeymoon to stand outside SRK’s house just to get a glimpse of him. If you think that’s too much, beat this: He has named his daughter Simran and his son Aryan.
Miljenko Parserisas Bukovic
This 56-year-old newspaper vendor from Chile has 82 portraits of Julia Roberts tattooed all over his torso and arms. It has taken him 10 years and about Rs. 1,23,000. All of Roberts’ portraits on his body are inspired from the scenes of her Oscar-winning film Erin Brockovich.
Daughter of veteran actor Raaj Kumar, she made headlines in 2014 for obsessively stalking Shahid Kapoor. It started by her moving close to Shahid’s home, following him to movie sets, bombarding him with several texts a day and finally claiming to be his wife. Things got so out of hand that Shahid had to file a police complaint against her for harassment.
He killed one of the most famous musicians of the modern times, John Lennon, right outside the former Beatle’s apartment building in the New York City in 1980. Chapman idolised the Beatles and had built his life around Lennon’s music. He, however, got furious when Lennon had infamously remarked that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. His anger grew when he found out about Lennon’s lavish lifestyle after reading one of his biographies. The contrast between what the star musician preached through his songs and what he did in his real life hit him so hard that he shot Lennon five times.
A mentally-unstable fan of German tennis player Steffi Graf, Parche stabbed Monica Seles, Graf’s contemporary, while she was playing against Magdalena Maleeva in 1993. Until then, Seles had defeated Graph thrice in four Grand Slam finals against her. Although Seles did not take long to recover, it took her over two years to play another tennis tournament again.
The 26-year-old woman from Raipur got so upset with television actor Pratyusha Banerjee’s suicide that she hanged herself to death on April 6. Mahanand was very attached to Pratyusha’s character in Balika Vadhu and was following the actor’s death proceedings religiously but got very disheartened with the turn of events.
Sudhir Kumar Choudhary
No fan list can be complete without Sudhir Kumar Choudhary. His passion for Sachin Tendulkar and the Indian cricket team has made him a mini-celebrity in a way. A familiar sight at cricket matches played within the country, Choudhurie can be seen painted from head-to-toe in the Indian tricolor, with Sachin written on his chest, and fervently waving the Indian flag. His tryst with cricket started in 2002, when he first watched Tendulkar play. In 2003, he had cycled 1700 kms just to meet the Master Blaster.
A teacher by profession, he gave up his career to make sure he could attend all of Tendulkar’s matches. Choudhary has so far quit three jobs to travel abroad with team India for their matches, and as a rule, delivers 1,000 handpicked litchis (that grow in abundance in his native Muzzafarpur) at Tendulkar’s house every year. However, his family struggles to make ends meet.
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