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01-23-2010, 04:18 PM #1
Karan flattered by stalkers
Ashish Chand (28), Anjali Kamat (34), Leena Kamat (29), Megha Sahgal (29) and Hiroo Vaswani (32) are all Bollywood enthusiasts living in San
In June last year, Leena, an attorney by profession, found out that Karan Johar would be shooting in her hometown for a film with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. She immediately put her Internet skills to good use, dug out details about the schedule and set out to catch the shooting along with friends Ashish and Megha, and sister Anjali. She then met Hiroo, a cruise consultant with similar intentions, and started a blog. The rest, she says, is history.
Ashish told DT, “Leena found out on the internet that someone had seen KJo at the bar of The W Hotel in San Francisco. That was all we needed to confirm that they were in town for the shoot.” Leena pitched in, “We camped out in the W lounge, splurged on food and drinks, and watched as trucks unloaded and different crew members came through. And that’s when we met Hiroo, who was there for the same purpose! A wise friend once said ‘Persistence plus no dignity equals success!’ I think our story is testimony to the truth of that statement.”
Leena, who confesses to “stalking him for quite some time via the internet”, says that when they became part of My Name Is Khan, they thought of a blog where they could “chronicle our experience of taking part in the film.” And some experience it was. Hiroo says, “I couldn’t believe that KJo brought a bit of Bollywood to San Fransisco for two months! This was the closest I have ever felt to India, while here in the US.”
Even though the blog title is misleading, the friends had no intention of “literally violating Karan Johar”. Says Anjali, “We are metaphorically stalking Karan Johar in the sense that we want to be part of the industry.”
The four searched for relevant contacts and were eventually hired as extras for three days of shooting. Says Ashish, “Being an extra in the flick was amazing, as I got to see these actors collaborating with each other to create each scene. It was so different than seeing them do interviews, or concerts or public appearances. Even though there were times when we felt like herded sheep. But that’s the life of a junior artist. We were included in three full days of shooting, 8-10 hours each.”
They were paid the minimum wage of $8.50 (about Rs 500) per hour, says Leena, adding, “It was a once in a million lives kind of opportunity. I’ve been to India six times, and on the last three trips, I have always hoped to check out a Bollywood studio or stumble upon a shooting, but never did. Whoever would think that I would have not just any Bollywood encounter, but one with KJo, SRK, and Kajol, in my home town?”
The ‘extras’ became part of two scenes. In the first, they’re outside Buck Institute in Novato, which is shown as the Atlanta General Hospital in the scene. In the second, they were part of a shot at the Sacramento Capitol, which was also supposed to be in Atlanta.
Karan Johar said about his ‘stalking’ experience, “It is amusing and flattering. Someone from my team told me about them, though I did not meet them personally. Any kind of fan appreciation is nice ... and these guys did it so simply. You know, every public figure enjoys appreciation.”