larger-than-life-size posters, cutouts, and banners.
But one wonders if the respective stars contribute at
least a pittance of whatever money is blown out towards
in this regard, could be classified into two in my opinion.
The first category of fandom borders anywhere between
curiosity and keenness. In simple terms, if you can’t
get enough of the celebrities and succulent gossips
involving them and go straight to Page 3 in any newspaper,
you belong to this category. Not to mention, you will
also find the endless news updates aired on innumerable
television channels quite addictive. After all, Page
3 reporting is big business and lots of media houses
thrive on this (count us in here).
The first category of fandom is almost harmless, provided
you don’t consume hours together flipping through
all the magazines and newspapers that come out everyday,
or spend hours vegetating as a couch potato.
The second category of fandom consists of extreme dedication.
They are serious people with a clear goal and determination
- to safeguard the likes and movies of their role models.
They also perform abhishekams before the first show
and burn incenses to display their affection towards
their heroes. They hurl flowers, rupee bills, and other
interesting stuff aiming at the screen on the first
day of their hero’s movie release. Within this
category lurks a sub-fandom who are more fan(atics)
than fans, and they sometimes turn violent.
To fuel such fanaticism, there are fan clubs that mushroom
mysteriously even for a single-film wonder. While virtual
fan clubs swarm the internet, every street corner in
India is rife with at least a couple of display boards
propagating the existence of such clubs in actual reality.
The effective functioning and the rationale behind such
clubs, however, always remain a concept of perennial
argument. That apart, social networking sites provide
an easily reachable platform for such fan clubs where
healthy and perverse topics are discussed alongside
each other in many threads.
Now that leaves us with a question. Where to draw a
line between curiosity and fanaticism? Or is fanaticism
after all okay as a mode of being?
Maintaining a balanced interest that lies somewhere
in between the two categories is an ideal way to deal
with celebrity fandom. Besides, as long as the individual
is aware of the level of involvement – and that
this does not prove to be a hurdle to his personal growth
– fandom stays in control.
Above all, history provides enough evidence to prove
that we really are celebrity-crazed and future prospects
in this regard don’t look any rosy either. For
as long as we have parents who beam at kids, as young
as 5, when they strike a pose like their favorite star
or display antics just like him, change is impossible.
from home, said somebody!
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