By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sikandar Kher had a bizarre fan encounter while shooting for Suhail Tatari"s Summer Of 2007 in Panchgani. What"s even more strange is that the actor whose first film is still to hit the marquee already has fans!
Narrating the incident Sikandar says, “A fan walked unannounced into my van. It has been a long shoot for Summer Of 2007. We have been working for almost 18 hours a day in Bhor and Wai in the interiors of Maharasthtra and I had fallen asleep in my van as it was break time. We were shooting on a cliff, and I was sleeping with my back to the door and the attendant had gone for lunch."
Adds Sikandar, “Suddenly I felt someone shaking me and saying 'Excuse me sir, uthiye na"… I thought it was the production guys fooling around and didn"t pay attention." But the intruder jolted him hard.
“This guy started yelling at me and shook me so hard that I fell out of the bed. When I looked up, I saw this strange man with an eight-year-old boy. Imagine my shock and irritation when he just looked at me calmly and said, 'bachche ko photo lena tha". I started yelling for my attendant and he finally came and escorted the father and son out. I think they were tourists."
Sikandar says, “I like kids and they are very sweet. I am a godfather to a two-year-old, who is the son of one of my close friends but this was irritating. Even stars have some right to privacy. Imagine a stranger walking into your bedroom and watching you sleep."
Despite the hard work Sikandar is enjoying the serenity of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. “My hotel is right on the edge of the valley and is lush and green. It"s away from the noise and bustle of the city.
I am certainly not missing home. When I am not shooting I walk around Panchgani which is a 40-minute brisk walk. My trainer has accompanied me and I regularly do weights and workouts. I am not blessed with a naturally great body so I have to work hard at it," Sikandar smiles.