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Autograph please!

Autograph: a signature of someone famous, a little something penned down by someone who you have a great deal of respect for; a keepsake.

entertainment Updated: Jun 06, 2011 15:29 IST

As a star-struck kid, I have often enthusiastically walked up to actors like Aishwarya (Rai) and Salman (Khan), who were together on holiday at the time, and Shah Rukh (Khan), Karan (Johar) and Farah (Khan) at the airport with a pen and book in my hands, stating the obvious in my innocent tone, “Excuse me, may I have your autograph please?” Their reactions went from rude, nonchalant and sweet to hard-to-get, and played on my mind for a long time. Aishwarya’s “What’s your name sweetie?” made me burst with joy as a little girl who was in awe of her flawless beauty.

Shah Rukh was preoccupied and nonchalant and made me feel insignificant, making me dislike him almost immediately. While signing a single autograph might be an insignificant part of their day, stars often forget that it’s still the most significant part of someone else’s day, month or even life!

http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTEditImages/Images/shahrukh_khannew.jpgThat one autograph eventually makes it to Facebook walls, walls of a home or even passed down through generations. An autograph gives people something tangible to possess and like having your photo taken in front of the Taj Mahal, it just serves as proof of having a brush with fame.

From a star-struck kid, I graduated to becoming a levelheaded starlet, to whom the need for autographs had now evaporated. I was actually sharing screen space with the very people I had grown up watching! My urge to get a scribble was now dictated by their levels of starry behaviour in person. While the leading male actor is most often naturally nice to the ladies on the sets, I’m yet to come across an actress who strikes me with her attitude both on screen and off it. The tantrum-queen approach and deliberate cold vibes to make a fellow actress feel small don’t really go down well with me.

This week, I finally got my ‘Masters in Autograph Management’! Suddenly, something had changed. I realised that I don’t look at stars the way I used to. They aren’t Gods, for God’s sake!

This week I was being paired with another leading Bollywood lady for a new ad campaign, and while there was excitement, it was due to the realisation of my own achievement and not because of a potential photo op! The shoot was like a normal day at work for me and my focus was now solely on my own performance and not being affected by her indifferent behaviour towards me through the day.

I just couldn’t come around to get her to sign something or pose for a picture, just because she was famous. Autograph for the sake of an autograph? I think not.