That 'burden' of stardom!

Last Updated 23 January 2018, 18:33 IST

What's  your status?'. That sounds familiar, doesn't it? Well,  that's where the social media stands today but I have been trying to figure out what my status is and where I belong to. What is my status about? Is it about my wealth? Is it about my current situation?

I am a regular traveller on Bengaluru's Metro rail. And my friends say that probably I am the only celebrity who travels by Metro and the government should consider making me the brand ambassador of Metro rail.

So aren't celebrities supposed to travel by Metro? Am I not a local person? I remember a fan of mine who recognised me at the Metro station and asked me, "Madam, how come you are here? Well, why not? I thought.

"Madam, how come you are walking around so casually? Where are your security guards?" Am I not supposed to be alone anywhere?

 I don't remember anybody saying Metro rail is only for people of a particular class. I am just like any other person who wants to save time, not get stuck in traffic and avoid pollution.

So why is it so surprising for people to see me doing these things? Being a 'celebrity' is such a huge burden --  people consider you to be super humans, they want to know where you live, what you eat, how you dress up and which car you have, more than the kind of movies you are going to do next.

I also came across this question, "Madam, why are you using this phone? Why not an iPhone?'' "When are you going to upgrade you car and buy a Merc?''

Well, iPhone or which ever smart phone it may be, all it is used for is to make and answer calls, to send and receive messages, and click pictures.

Merc or Maruti -- it has four wheels, runs on fuel and ferries you. So, what's this so-called status people expect from us?

At the end of it, we too have our bad days just like any other normal person. We can't live like a celebrity 24/7.

There are certain simple things that makes me happy and that's how I would like to be. So when somebody asks me 'what is your status?', I would say  'Live it large, keep it simple and be comfortable.'

(Published 23 January 2018, 12:10 IST)

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