THE LOVE I RECEIVE FROM MY FANS

 

 

An actor acts – the audience watches.  An actor is nothing without an audience.

In my career as an actor, I have experienced many highs, lows, successes and failures. As you all know, I had to struggle very hard during my initial days. Those days have left an indelible imprint on my life and I try my best to be good at my craft.

A major part of the audience which has always appreciated my movies have been the people who live in the suburbs and are cut off from the humdrum of city life. Their simplicity and innocence has always touched me. It is, as if the suburbs have a way of not getting intimidated and accepting the way a city behaves. It develops its own style of functioning and there is a marked difference between the way festivals, religious occasions, social life and cinema are conducted there vis-à-vis a city.

On the occasions that I have been to the different parts of my state to perform stage shows, I have been overwhelmed to see and receive the love and affection that I get from the people there. There have been many occasions when people of all types – young, old and elderly have come to just look at me from close, hold my hand, click photographs, even treat me to homemade delicacies. There have been many times when I have been welcomed by many who got on top of my car, peered through the window to see me from close. Small children have come in front of me and delivered dialogues from my films – even from the ones which had been made in not the recent past. I have found, to my utter surprise many fans standing in the rain with huge cut outs of my pictures, holding posters of my films and listening with bated breath to every word I speak.

These acts of affection which I receive, actually frightens me in some ways. I love these occasions,  as these moments are priceless and an actor yearns for such adulation. But along with this comes a very great sense of responsibility which I have to bear so that I don’t let the people down who look up to me. This is what scares me sometimes and also drives me into bettering my craft and try to be the best in my trade as I am at the day answerable to the audience without whom I would have been nothing.

Love you all. !!

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VALENTINE’S DAY

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Love is just love, it can never be explained. !!

The entire world loves a lover and no one can ever say that he/she has never fallen in love. Love is the the most basic form of emotion which a human being longs for and I have been fortunate to have experienced it in my life in all its colour.

Even though there are many versions about the origin of Valentine’s Day, I shall stick to the one which I felt was the most convincing. During the days of the Roman Empire, around 270 AD when Rome was ruled by Emperor Claudius II young men were discouraged from getting married as Claudius felt that single men were better soldiers than married folk. Incidentally there was a man in the clergy, Bishop Valentine who held a different opinion and performed many marriages in secret. This was soon discovered and he was sentenced to death. During his stay in prison, he met and fell in love with the daughter of the jailor. He was executed on February 14th and just before he was led to the gallows, he sent a note to her. In it was written – “From Your Valentine”. That is the power of love, an emotion which knows no boundaries of colour, creed, religion or language. In the year 496 AD Pope Gelasius in order to honour St. Valentine, officially declared 14th February as Valentine’s Day. Thus was born a day which is now celebrated the world across, as a day dedicated to love and lovers.

It gives me profound happiness whenever I get the chance to see young people in love. Their innocence touches me and then I look back at my younger days when things were simpler and the smallest of things made us happy. In my professional space I have been fortunate to essay the role of a lover in many films with various directors and I feel blessed that it has been appreciated by the audience.

From a personal perspective, I am in a happy space with my family members being my regular Valentines and I enjoy spending this day with my spouse and son. Of course my pocket becomes a lot lighter as I have to spend on flowers and chocolates.

Lastly, to my fans who have always showered me with so much love and affection, wish you all a very     “HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY”. Enjoy the day with your loved ones and shower them the love and affection they deserve.

Love you all. !!

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