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'No, I am not a Bollywood star'

Explain victims of repeated calls by desperate fans, who are made to believe that some phone numbers belong to their filmy favourites

entertainment Updated: Mar 30, 2012 02:31 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times

Explain victims of repeated calls by desperate fans, who are made to believe that some phone numbers belong to their filmy favourites

Can I speak to Mr Bachchan?
When actor Amitabh Bachchan was asked for his cell phone number by a participant, on the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati last year, the superstar responded with a random, 9 digit number.

This resulted in a flurry of calls to people who had numbers with the combination of the given digits. A participant of KBC, Puneet Bansal, sent a legal notice to the show, as his phone number has a zero at the end of the 9 digits. He claimed that he had got 10,000 calls from fans, who abused him for not connecting them to Bachchan.

Is that Salman?
In September 2010, 45-year-old Om Prakash Jakhar, owner of a school in Rajasthan's Fatehpur Shekhawati, alleged that he received about 500 phone calls everyday, with fans asking for Salman Khan. Reason? Phone numbers of the Jhakhar family and their school were on the background of the posters of the film Dabangg, which starred actors Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead. “The film has made my life hell! I get around 500 calls a day. I am unable to concentrate on my work. People call and when I tell them it's a wrong number, they abuse me,” said Jakhar.

Call for Kat
Gurgaon girl Shipra Seth reportedly sent a legal notice to a soft drink company, alleging that she had received more than 1000 calls and smses from people wanting to speak to Katrina. The company used her cell phone number on the label of their product, for a campaign featuring actor Katrina Kaif.

Hello Kareena!
Fans of actor Kareena Kapoor tried to reach her by dialling the number that belonged to her character in the film, Milenge Milenge, which also starred actor Shahid Kapoor. The number reportedly belonged to a man called Prasad Doke, who claimed that he got 150 calls from people, who wanted to speak to Bebo.

Ghajini hai?
Bangalore resident, Sarah Varghese, was surprised when she started getting calls with people asking her to get Ghajini on the phone. She later got to know that her number was written on actor Aamir Khan’s body in the film Ghajini, which had released recently. “On an average, I received about five calls a day. It's become a nuisance," Varghese said in an interview, but did not end up taking legal action or lodging a complaint.

Hi, Dia?
Actor Dia Mirza's character's phone number in the film Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001), belonged to a family in Delhi. The number was repeated a number of times in the film, and the family had to bear the brunt of the misrepresentation. They alleged that fans wanted to speak to Dia and some calls were obscene.

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First Published: Mar 29, 2012 20:10 IST