Thursday, 26 March 2009

1st Feb 2001

First of all sincere apologies for not writing for such a long time.

This incident dates back to the year 2001. I was in my final year of B.Com. KBC was a big craze at that point of time. I had spent enough time and money calling and answering the questions, hoping I might get a chance to sit on the Hot Seat opposite Mr. AMITABH BACHCHAN. But no I wasn't that lucky.

One of my friends asked me if I would like to go as an audience to the KBC shoot. I was more than happy. So three of us DJ, Chote and me boarded the bus on 1st Feb'01 at around 8 a.m to go to Film City. We reached there by 9 a.m. I was pretty thrilled to see the set and was looking ahead to see Mr.Bachchan in person. I am a big fan of Mr.Bachchan. Folks at my place are always scared while scanning channels, because if I see "Trishul, Sholay, Agneepath, Aakhri Raasta, Amar Akbar Anthony,etc" playing then they will have to see the film even if we have watched these more than 10 times.

Its 11 but there is still no sign of Mr.Bachchan. I had woken up at 7 to get ready and be on time. The shoot might be cancelled is one thought which has crossed my mind more than once and I hope this doesn't come true. Finally at 11.30 a guy announces that Mr.Bachchan has arrived and the shooting will start in some time so please take your loo breaks as nobody would be allowed to leave during the shooting. So DJ, Chote and me headed towards the loo.

I and Chote were through and were waiting for DJ who had gone before us so when he came back

I - "Abe hafte bhar ka ek saath kar raha tha kya ?"

DJ - "Abe kuch nahin hua"

I - "Toh itni der kya kar raha tha?"

DJ - "Koshish kar raha tha".

I and Chote burst out laughing. Actually the poor guy was scared that if he had to take a leak during the shooting he won't be allowed so was trying hard.

We got back and finally Mr.Bachchan came on the set. There was a lot of noise, people going crazy, waving hands. Finally everybody settled down. I couldn't believe my eyes. I was in a state of shock you can say.

The shooting was completed and Mr.Bachchan was making his way back when a gal on the first row said

"Sir Sir offering her hand and guess what Mr.Bachchan shook hands with her"

I almost died with jealousy watching this. I was on the 3rd row. I thought I would also try my luck. So I stood up and shouted

"Sir Sir offering my hand".

Mr. Bachchan looked at me and at the same time a security guard shouted " Hey Sit down right now".

I sat down thinking this was the best opportunity and I had lost it. Gone. This is the height of bad luck.

With a heavy heart I sat down.

What happened at the same time is Mr.Bachchan looked at the security guard must have glared at him then he looked at me, nodded his head signalling me to come down.

I was shocked and couldn't believe my luck. I started walking down the stairs.

After that all I remember is my small hands being encircled by his big hands and I just stood there. Freezed. I was just looking at him and couldn't believe what was happening.

After that DJ patted on my shoulder and said "Abe chal woh gaya".

I didn't even know he had left.

All day long I was in a happy mood. After all I had shook hands with MR. AMITABH BACHCHAN.