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‘You Were My First Email ID Password’: A Fan’s Letter To SRK After Having Watched ‘Fan’

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By Aditi Parashar:


Dear SRK,

I’m one among the millions of fans you have and I’m not writing this letter to seek recognition. All I claim is ‘5 minutes’ of your life. I know, I know, aapki life hai, aap 5-second bhi kyu do (It’s your life, why would you spare 5 seconds right?), but Alas! I’m a Fan. I can’t help but try.

After movies like Happy New Year and Dilwale, I couldn’t help but think that Fan would be the end of the SRK era. Come to think of it, wasn’t it us, the fans, who decided not to watch Swades? Who wanted more? More drama, more entertainment, more tainted comedy? We did! Oh yes, we did. Your fans. Sorry, SRK, for we failed you and we made you do those movies. But what was the need for another movie to highlight your stardom, yet again?

I remember reading in the newspaper about a movie called Fan that my beloved Shah Rukh Khan was working on a few months ago and boy! Was I taken aback. ‘Another film to cash in on your Stardom?’, I thought to myself and almost cringed. ‘What’s wrong with you, SRK!’

Cut to 29th February 2016, the day I watched the trailer of Fan! Sir, dil mei jaise phir ek ummeed jaagi! (My heart found new hope). Anjaam and Darr were movies where you proved your finesse as an actor. But Bollywood has failed us enough times in the past few years, and I still couldn’t help but fear for Fan.

I remember watching Dil Toh Pagal Hai when I was about 6 or 7 and deciding that you’re the greatest actor I’ve ever seen. You were my first crush, my email ID password, the first poster in my room, the reference point for all my love interests and everything in between. You still are.

Listening to that particular line in the trailer – ‘Door se toh kache wale Fan milte hain, mai toh pass jaake jhappi deke milunga.’ (Fake fans wave from afar, I will say hello with a hug) – I thought someone had spied on me through my teen years and had plagiarised my words and feelings into your film. Unlike Gaurav, I don’t know how to show my madness but Sir, you are my madness.

Like a loyal fan, I booked the first day, first show ticket for Fan and prayed each day for its success. I spent sleepless nights thinking about your upcoming movie, about you, praying for your family, career and everything else.

Yes! I have been disappointed by your movies in the past, dissed by my friends for loving you unconditionally and made fun of incessantly. So, I prayed.

Dear SRK, today, I walked out of the theater with my head held high and with tears of victory in my eyes. I felt like that 8-year-old who came out of the theater after watching K3G; that 9-year-old who cried watching Kal Ho Na Ho; that DU girl who would look for reasons to go to Hansraj because you did. I felt like that 10-year-old who had watched Main Hoon Na a billion times and could narrate all your movie dialogues.

I felt like your Fan, again!

Yes, the direction could’ve been better, I won’t give it 5 stars, but nothing less than 4 stars would do either. Your acting was unparalleled! Because, after a long time, the script you chose to work with, demanded acting! The characters you portrayed had a story to tell; the movie had a plot! The movie had a story that had the audience engaged and left them confused because they couldn’t pick a side. Yes! It was that good!

Dear SRK, fans like me are plenty. We will love you for your acting, your brilliance and though we will stand by and defend you even when you make ‘typical commercial movies’, we’d like you to make more such films that make us fall in love with you, just like before. We will be inspired by what you do and pray for you irrespective of what you stand for because we’ve fallen in love with everything you stand for. So, dear SRK, please don’t give in to box office pressure, instead, try to be everything you are!

Because we know who you are. For only fans like us share that connection with you.

Always looking up to you.

Your Fan

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    yeh yash raj films bad guys ko end mein maar kyun dete hain….. ????Didn’t want the movie to have such an ending…

  2. Prasoon

    The post is beautiful.
    Couldn’t stop myself from giving a humble suggestion to a comment to this post.
    If you are writing something about the movie story like u have mentioned what happens in the end here, it is considered as a spoiler. not everyone goes to see the movie in the first 2-3 days like you. Have the courtesy to not to spoil the story to them it gives a really really bad taste.
    Still if u can’t stop yourself from writing, put a “SPOILER AHEAD” warning as the first line.

  3. sweta agrawal

    Hi, I could totally and completely relate to this post, it felt like someone os listening to every word that comes out of my heart and penning it down. Have had the same experiences of being teased down by friends for few of the stupid movies SRK did. But as u said the love for SRK is un-ending. Thanks again for penning down the thoughts of u, me and many many other FANs all around 🙂

  4. SRKForever

    its a nice piece aditi. but u got the age and years all wrong for srk movies. if u were 6 or 7 when dtph came then u were definitely not in college when main hoon na came.
    also k3g and kal ho naa ho are not one year apart. pls correct this before someone mocks you and your love for srk.

  5. Sidharth Kapur

    This website is “Youth Ki Awaaz”, not “Juvenile Ki Awaaz”. We should leave celebrities for juveniles. There are better things to focus on in life which are more invigorating. Focus on srk or any other junkie is a waste.

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