WAITING FOR SHAH RUKH

MANNAT SITS ON BANDSTAND IN BANDRA WEST. SIX STORIES HIGH AND SEA-FACING, THIS MANSION IS HOME TO THE KING OF BOLLYWOOD, AND PROBABLY THE WORLD’S BIGGEST STAR. SUCH IS THE HYSTERIA THAT SURROUNDS BOLLYWOOD’S BAADSHAH THAT HE NEVER LEAVES HIS HOUSE WITHOUT A POSSE OF MINDERS TO HELP NAVIGATE THE SEA OF PEOPLE THAT CAMP OUT AT THE GATES OF THE MANSION EVERY DAY, HOPING ONLY FOR A GLIMPSE OF KHAN. THESE ARE HIS CAPITAL-F FANS, THE DEVOTED, BOUND TOGETHER BY A SECRET THEY JUST HAPPEN TO SHARE WITH MILLIONS OF OTHERS.


Sheik Razik, 20, Farmer, Akola

Sheik Razik, 20, Farmer, Akola

Amjad, 25, Stone seller, Jaipur

Amjad, 25, Stone seller, Jaipur

Faizan, 24, Works in a garment shop, Jaipur

Faizan, 24, Works in a garment shop, Jaipur

Kalyani, 22, Student MBA, Pune

Kalyani, 22, Student MBA, Pune

Sonia, 22, Engineering student, Nasik, Maharashtra

Sonia, 22, Engineering student, Nasik, Maharashtra

Photographs: Nishant Shukla


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