He came all the way from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, riding his bicycle for hundreds of kilometres, just to get a glimpse of yesteryear Bollywood star Dharmendra, but was shooed away by the guards at his bungalow in Mumbai.
Neeraj Chauhan, 27, rode day and night, for over 1,500 kms to reach Mumbai and meet Dharmendra. “But when I reached his bungalow at Juhu, I was told he is not home,” said a dejected Chauhan, adding: “And this is not for the first time that I have tried to meet him. I had come riding my cycle to Mumbai in 2007 also. But I had not been able to meet him even then.”
Chauhan, who stays with his family of seven, makes photo-frames to earn a living. He rode his bicycle for more than 20 hours a day to meet Dharmendra.
“I am his die-hard fan and just wanted to meet him once... It took me six days to reach here and I was dead tired, but the temptation to meet Dharamji kept me going,” said Chauhan.
Not being able to meet the actor has disheartened Chauhan, but he said he will not stop trying. “I shall try to meet him again and then leave for Varanasi, whether or not I meet him. I will try my luck again some other time,” he said.