Exclusive: A Bollywood Fangirl Reports on IIFA 2012!

Sharmiela Shahalam , 15 Jun 2012

I’m loving these fan girls sending in their celebrity stalking experiences :) after a Shanatic reported on PC and Shahid’s visit to Oz we’ve got these star spotting clicks at IIFA, from the hotel to the venue, check it out!

Parineeti Chopra and Sharmiela
Parineeti Chopra and Sharmiela (photo credit | Sharmiela Shahalam)

I feel like I am (still) walking on air! IIFA Weekend was such a dream and so surreal. All I wanted from the weekend was to meet Shahid Kapoor and get a photo taken and IF I get even luckier, meet Ranbir Kapoor in person.

Shahid Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor (photo credit | Sharmiela Shahalam)

Thursday airport arrivals. It was the first time I’ve seen stars streaming in all at once and all I could think of was Shahid walking through those glass doors and he did! He was beautiful in person and I caught that cute, dimpled smile of his as he walked towards the exit where the media was waiting. There were lots of fans running alongside him but I managed to go over to his right side, tap him (FYI, SHAHID IS REAL!) and pass him my notebook for an autograph. I could have fainted right there and then. The day was off to a great start and I started believing that I can fulfill my dreams as long as I do not hesitate or be shy. It’s NOW or NEVER.

Shahid Kapoor's autograph
Shahid Kapoor's autograph (photo credit | Sharmiela Shahalam)

The rest of the day was spent waiting around at the hotel and I managed to get pictures with Prateik and Parineeti who were such sweethearts! We waited at the hotel for 6-7 hours for Shahid to return from his IIFA rehearsals (YES we did), approached him but were stopped by his bodyguard since he was understandably exhausted. In the midst of all that waiting, we saw quite a number of stars who were leaving or later, returning from the IIFA World Premiere of Shanghai – Farhan Akhar, Sonu Sood, Neetu Singh, Kamal Hasan, Prabhu Deva, Shriya Saran, Arshad Warsi, Hazel, Nargis Fakhri, Bipasha Basu, Shreya Ghoshal, Usha Uthup, Ayushmann, Sameera Reddy etc.

Farhan Akhtar and Sharmiela
Farhan Akhtar and Sharmiela (photo credit | Sharmiela Shahalam)

Friday was IIFA Rocks at the Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay. Being the experienced stalker that I am, I decided to check out the venue and see if there were better spots for us fans to stand at and see the stars. NEVER EVER would I have expected to spot Shahid some distance outside the venue, without screaming fans around him! There was a live band playing so my friend could not hear me scream “OMG, IS THAT SHAHID?” Just imagine! I could barely think and with every ounce of my being, I approached Shahid for a photo. He did not oblige unfortunately since he was taking a break. Yet again, I must have caught him at a bad time. I have to admit I was bummed, still am and have been coming up with my own reasons but nevertheless, I love you all the same Shahid! On the same note, YES I SPOKE TO HIM, I DID.

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra (photo credit | Sharmiela Shahalam)

Saturday plans involved hanging out early at the IIFA Awards green carpet but instead I stopped to buy flowers for Ranbir and later, decided to check out the hotel since we were at the mall nearby. To our joy, we managed to witness Shahid and Ranbir exchanging hellos and hug! Ranbir had just arrived at the hotel (Did I mention I personally gave him roses? Yes, that was me Ranbir!) while Shahid was leaving for rehearsals. A friend requested a photo with Shahid but he apologized since he had to rush for his rehearsals. There you go, it seems like a photo with Shahid was not going to happen this time! Oh the lucky ladies who have one.

Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor (photo credit | Sharmiela Shahalam)

And with this, special mentions to those awesome stars who were so loving and warm to their fans. I’m all praises for Ranbir, (never disappoints his fans and comes over to us each and every time. I melted! I’m SO amazed at the many opportunities I get to see him and shake his hands. PS, RANBIR IS REAL TOO), Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Parineeti Chopra, Vivek Oberoi, Sonu Sood, Prateik, Nargis Fakhri, Zoya Akhtar and Fardeen Khan. Ranbir and Priyanka are the sweetest to their fans and all the time too! My love and respect only grew for these stars since this weekend.

Sharmiela's autograph book
Sharmiela's autograph book (photo credit | Sharmiela Shahalam)

So blessed to experience this crazy awesome Bollywood weekend! And Shahid, I can only hope we cross paths again as I still wish for that photo someday! ;)

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