From pulling his tshirt to grabbing his face, a fan recently tried to forcefully get a selfie with actor Ranbir Kapoor during one of the promoions of his upcoming film Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar. Though he tackled the situation with a smile, netizens are furious calling it "harassment".
A fan burst into tears after seeing RK today during #TJMM promotion ❣️🥺 #RanbirKapoorpic.twitter.com/kJrDT2lAsl— Ranbir Kapoor Universe (@RanbirKUniverse) March 4, 2023
But, this is concerning behaviour to violate someone’s modesty. Even if the individual is a public figure, this can be considered stan culture at its worst. Be it at the gym, dinners, dates, parties, visits to clinics or salons, or even shopping for basic essentials, there hardly goes by a day when celebs are not hunted down by paps or swamped with fans. The more the stars are reachable nowadays, the more the fans and paps keep forgetting the thin line between admiration and obsession.
Have you ever wondered how difficult it is for celebrities to have a carefree movement in public spaces?
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This incident and several other incidents indeed make us worry about stan culture. Take a look at the other recent instances where celebrities were made uncomfortable in public places and their privacy and modesty were violated by fans.
Aditya Roy Kapoor
Recently, a fan forcefully kiss actor Aditya Roy Kapur at the special premiere in Mumbai of his upcoming web series The Night Manager amidst a group of fans who rushed in to greet him. He kept his calm and gracefully tackled the situation with a smile.
In October last year, as Bebo was entering the Mumbai airport, fans as usual mobbed her for selfies amidst which she was almost manhandled by one of them. The fans apparently got so excited that one of them tried to place his arm on Kapoor’s shoulder for a selfie. Though she looked scared by the man’s action, she kept her calm and handled the situation gracefully like celebrities mostly do or are bound to do because otherwise these same fans will criticise them for being ‘rude’. Despite the situation, she did pose for selfies with other fans.
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Sara Ali Khan
Just a few days ago, as Khan was coming out of the Mumbai airport, fans swamped her for selfies. Amidst which, a woman approached the actor directly, brushing past her before attempting to touch her face and ended up actually touching her hair, which caused Khan to wince. Fans did praise her on social media for how she kept her calm and cooperating with others for pictures.
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Shah Rukh Khan
Last August, as Badshah returned to Mumbai along with his sons Aryan and AbRam Khan from shooting for his upcoming film Dunki in London, a fan tried to forcefully stop him for a selfie. The fan forcefully appeared in the frame and held the actor’s hand. However, Khan moved away and Aryan came forward to calm him down. The fact that he had his young child with him when this happened might have been extra concerning for him.
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About Aditya Roy Kapoor's The Night Manager
Directed by Sandeep Modi, the Hindi adaptation of the Tom Hiddleston starrer The Night Manager stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Anil Kapoor. Actor Sobhita Dhulipala will reportedly play the female lead in the Hindi series of the same name. While Aditya plays Hiddleston’s role, Anil Kapoor is stepping into Hugh Laurie’s role. The series is set to premiere on Disney+ Hotstar on February 17.