SOMETIMES, it doesn’t matter where the buck stops. With the obsessed fans, the cult star, or the fandom culture! Since no amount of fixing responsibility is going to bring back the life of yet another fan of Sushant Singh Rajput, who happens to be a 12-year old from Uttar Pradesh. “If he can do it, why can’t I?” read the suicide note. Insane fans wanting to make it to the crazy hall of fandom is a done thing and who knows this better than the nation where there are temples to dhabas devoted to the actors. “But making a beeline to catch a glimpse of the actor outside of the hotel is one thing but actually crossing the line into the danger zone is quite anothe4” opines Simran Sabharwal, who was last seen in Ishq My Religion.
Having been on the sets of Kedarnath with Sushant Singh Rajput, she knows all too well the sort of command or connect he had. “He was an inspiring artist. But an actor can-not be blamed. Although I personally wish, they used their power and fame to appeal to their fans for being responsible citizens.”
At the end of the day, if you are worshipped, better use that status to inspire, influence for societal good rather than just wearing this designer or that lip-stick. But is there any star, she could queue up for hours just to catch a glimpse of? She laughs, “As a child, I could totally do that for Jennifer Aniston.” Stars like
Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth have gone the extra mile to allow their fans that one moment. While many fans have let that one moment get the better of them. Unfortunately, something of this magnitude unfolded after the demise of King of Pop Michael Jackson. Nearly a dozen MJ fans ended up dying by suicide while many others at the time were reported seeking help from suicide prevention helpline numbers in 2009.
Slit wrists, suicide attempts, and bloody hands singing sensation Zayn Malik experienced it all on his social media pages with fans threatening and requesting him to not quit boy band One Direction. Closer home Shah Rukh Khan has seen it all on real, and in the script of his movie Fan, which incidentally dealt with an obsessive fan. ‘There is this crazy guy who took a dip in my pool and then left,’ said the star in one of his promotional interviews for a Ph.D.
On being questioned by the police later, he was quoted, “Main to sir unke pool main nahana chahta tha.” It’s only when the dip turns to drowning in the same waters, we need to question. Dr. Amreen Sekhon, Chandigarh-based psychologist and a counselor at one of the schools, opines that parents need to spend more time with their children and look out for any profound change in mood and behavior. “Any such change, if noticed, should not be taken lightly. Sitting together at the dinner table and enquiring about their life or how the day went by is a good idea.” Why does such a sorry situation arise is something she attributes to the fact, “There is too much identification with others which is why a lot of people go into depression after a break-up or end up committing suicide when their dear celebrity does. Another reason is that celebrities are a source of inspiration. Due to the vast social media influence, their lives are accessible which causes virtual intimacy.”