While some celebrities may groan at the thought of getting undergarments from fans — and a lot of them do — item girl Yana Gupta has no qualms. The actor, who made headlines December last year when she was spotted at an event without wearing one, has started receiving panties from fans and friends.
“I did get a couple of tweets where people wanted to gift me panties. So, I set the floor open for everyone who wanted to gift me and mentioned it on my Twitter account. Yes, I got some panties as Christmas and New Year gifts, but for those who still want to send me some more, my birthday is on April 23,” laughs.
Yana is not the only star who has received weird gifts from fans. Last year, actor Kareena Kapoor received a letter written in blood from a fan.A lady in Australia claims to buy a piece of land on the moon every year in honour of Shah Rukh Khan. Shah Rukh confirmed in an interview that he gets certificates from a society that calls itself the Lunar Republic Society stating that there is a piece of land on the moon booked in his name.
A lot of Bollywood stars get alcohol too. This New Year’s eve, actor Madhavan’s fanmail was inundated with alcohol. Actor Sameera Reddy also counts a particular wine bottle among the weirdest fanmail she's ever received.
In Hollywood, the instances get weirder. Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson once received a 20-page horoscope from a woman, claiming that according to the horoscope she was destined to be his girlfriend. Singer Enrique Iglesias once got a tampon while Daniel Radcliffe was once sent a rubber ear
The controversy started when Yana was photographed at a charity event in Mumbai wearing a little black dress — and no underwear. The photos went online, and Gupta tried to make light of the incident, saying she was once called an item girl and will now be called the ‘no-panty girl’. Confessing that she went commando, Yana said, “I was rehearsing for a dance reality show and my underwear made me uncomfortable. I kept adjusting my panties. So, I decided to rehearse without wearing any, and unfortunately, had to rush for the event, so I forgot to wear them. I really had no idea that so much could be seen.” Though some are calling it a publicity gimmick on the part of ‘out-of-work Yana’, she said, “I know it was naive but I don’t need to do such things for publicity.”
Film-maker Farah Khan made fun of the incident and tweeted, “Someone please buy Yana Gupta some underwear. Kya Yaar”.
However, actor Eesha Koppikhar, who attended the event with Gupta, came to her defence, saying it was an honest mistake, and people should let her be. “Why is it being blown out of proportion when there are other issues at hand? The hype is in bad taste; people should not discuss such private details,” said Koppikhar.