Now, I am in Dubai and desperate to meet Shah Rukh and his family. My wife is a great fan of his. Thanks to rediff.com for giving me an opportunity to write about my memories.
Yumna Mia: I am from Johannesburg, South Africa. I am a great admirer of Shah Rukh and, like many people, it's my dream to meet him. So, can you imagine my reaction when I heard he would be coming down to South Africa for the Temptations 2004 concert?
I decided to go, even if I would have to take a bus to Sun City (where the concert was held). In the weeks that followed, Lotus FM announced the landing schedules of stars at Johannesburg International Airport. I noted them down, as I didn't want to miss it.
Unfortunately, dreams don't always come true. I didn't get to go to the concert, but I did get to go to the airport (my cousin and I were the first ones there). We were happy, thinking it would give us a better opportunity to see him properly. We were told he would be entering from the main arrival gate but I realised that this was just a deflection. No sooner had we found that out, he had already come out and was on his way to his car. I have never run so fast in my entire life, or known I was capable of running so fast! I wasn't even aware if my cousin was behind me or not.
I ran straight past Zayed Khan, who was waiting for his car. All I wanted was to see Shah Rukh Khan, and I did. I was an arm's length away from him. There was a huge bodyguard with him, but I had a clear view. While everyone was screaming and jumping near his car, I just stood there looking at him and taking him in. All I could think of was, damn this bodyguard, can't he just move or can't I be sitting with Shah Rukh in the car? Then he drove away. Unfortunately, I could not take photos or shake his hand, but at least I got to see him.