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Spotting a hiding star

india Updated: May 18, 2012 15:01 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times
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There’s something endearing about seeing people, whose fame doesn’t permit them to live normal lives, step out. And many do. Some of them like Shah Rukh Khan keep getting into trouble for doing that, but others actually do a pretty good job of being anonymous.

I remember a friend telling me how he was getting a drink at a lounge bar in Gurgaon once, when he noticed Rahul Gandhi sipping a drink, to his left. But in a country like ours, where the president has to fly a jet in nine yards to get some mileage on Twitter, spotting a Gandhi having a Pina Colada, virgin we’re guessing, is no real biggie.

But Salman Khan riding a bicycle around Bandra’s bandstand will probably result in a stampede. Bollywood’s public presence in bars, more often than not, has got them into trouble. Many years ago, a fellow partygoer thought it okay to click pictures of Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor kissing for some gain. But that hasn’t deterred Bollywood from stepping out. And why should it?

A few months ago we visited Polly Esther’s. The 17-year-olds, who changed into their party wear in friends’ cars, danced ritualistically around a pile of backpacks on the floor. Some 45-year-olds gave them a run for their money.

My friends and I were standing outside Gordon House Hotel watching cars flock to Bade Miya, when a pretty looking face in an unusually well done hairdo caught our attention. Tripping around the place like any other teen, she was having a good time. But she was also very, very familiar.

Someone used the say-the-name-out-loud-and-wait-for-a-reaction tactic. And a reaction it did elicit, from Kangana Ranaut. In a blonde wig and heavy make-up! Camouflaged, the actor had stepped out for the night. “So this is how ‘they’ party unnoticed” someone says. Yes, apparently. Not like they’re not used to the paraphernalia anyway. Great idea, if you ask me.

Earlier this morning, Shah Rukh Khan got into a tiff with the security personnel at Wankhede Stadium. Maybe once the issue settles, he should too take some tips from Kangana on anonymity.