On Monday, Shah Rukh Khan launched the trailer of his next film titled Fan that is directed by Maneesh Sharma. While the film features Khan playing a double role, one of
a superstar and the other of an ordinary man, we came across a different tale of fans and their ardent following. The three SRK fans in question Beyar Abdulla, Guldem Dilmar and Zeynep Dilmar who
hail from Sweden with Kurdish roots have in fact drafted a letter to the actor and have also sent him the same, wherein they express their love for his films and Bollywood as a whole, along with
their plans of eventually entering and becoming a part of the industry.
Below is a copy of the letter:
Hello Mr. Khan,
I hope you are having a lovely day today. My name is Beyar Abdulla and I want to tell you a little story. I am of Kurdish lineage. My father and mother are Kurds who migrated to Sweden during the
1980s. I was born in 1994 and have lived happily for 21 summers in this country. During my time in 6th grade, when I was 12 years old, I became hooked on to movies. I would watch 2-3 movies every
night before it was time to sleep. This was my personal ritual.
Here is the fun part. My mother has always been an avid Bollywood fan. I still remember her jaw dropping each and every single time this peculiar, yet profoundly intense actor speaking a really
funny language would appear. He had this cool-looking beard. Aslan's voice from Narnia and Optimus Prime's voice from the Transformers was nothing compared to this man's voice. I can still remember
how my mom would almost hit my aunt on her arm and say "LOOK, LOOK, IT'S AMITABH!"
Time flew by and I was into Hollywood movies. Sometimes my mom would invite me to movie nights with her two sisters. This time something happened that would haunt me for the following 6-7 years,
very simply put.
There was something with about this particular actor's face on TV that I had never seen before. I still remember that young man's psychotic face in the forest. His facial expressions where flawless
and soul-piercing. His very aura could be felt through the TV screen. It was about a college student who was obsessed with one of his fellow classmates named Kiran. I was scared of him yet I felt
that if he could put such fear in me, what kind of actor is he? Where did this effect come from? I held moms arm and asked her, "Who is this person?" I will not forget her smile from her as she
answered, "It is Shah Rukh Khan, my dear Babo."
Fast forward 7 years. Not a day has gone by without me humming the song played during one of the film's scenes. Humming its tune was a trademark of mine and many people would ask me where I had
heard this melody. It was my version of 'Jadu Teri Nazar'. At the time I was 19 years old and the only answer I could give anyone who asked was to say that it was from a Bollywood movie featuring
Shah Rukh Khan.
In high school, my comrades and I had a habit of skyping each other during exam weeks to study. I was the little rascal who would often send them YouTube clips of this Shah Rukh Khan singing and
dancing in various Bollywood movies. Many of them often shrugged at me and asked me, "How can you listen to this stuff when we have Chris brown, Shakira etc?"
No disrespect to these artists but in my heart there could be no one that could give me the same feeling from listening to their voice as the voices of Bollywood. One day a Bangla friend of mine
heard me hum the song and said: " Oh is that 'Jadu Teri Nazar'? I was like, "Jadu what?" He told me that it's a song from a Bollywood movie named Darr that starred Shah Rukh Khan and that his
family was huge fan of the actor. I still remember the excitement I had as I typed 'Jadu Teri Nazar' on my keyboard. I hit enter and the bliss that came forth was mesmerising. For almost 6-7 years
I had been humming that song without knowing what name to search it with on the internet and now, here I was, listening to it.
From that day on I was hooked to Bollywood movies. I watched Don, Don 2, Devdas, Koyla, Anjam, Baazigar etc. I devoted 1 Terabyte of my external hard drive that, to this day, I fill up with your
movies including other Bollywood movies. So now we come to the present. For the last 5-8 months I have introduced two of my closest friends Zeynep and Guldem to this humble world of Bollywood and
their entertainment. These are my closest friends.
We have watched countless of Bollywood movies with diverse amount of actors/actresses, ranging from Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Katrina Kaif to Amitabh Bachchan, Abishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai,
Madhuri, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherji, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. I remember, a couple of weeks ago, when we watched Devdas, your acting, your dialogue delivery, your technique
of BECOMING Dev was something else. It had Zeynep in tears over poor Devdas' ultimate demise.
Mr Khan there is something I would like to tell you. We are currently 21 years of age and we, along with Guldem, share a dream. To slowly, but surely, make it into Bollywood, even though we are of
Kurdish lineage. We have had the same dreams of becoming actors/actresses. You surely must now this feeling Mr Khan. The craving, the dreaming, the willpower of making your dreams come true? We
have made a little plan that within 9 years, before we turn 30 we MUST have achieved something that has to do with our dream, of becoming something in the beautiful world of Bollywood. We have to
show India our appreciation by at least trying to give back our passion and interest in your culture and entertainment industry.
Give us 9 years Shah Rukh, 9 years is the time we need. We will meet. At the moment we are studying and working hard to give our absolute and utter best for our passion, while keeping up with the
regular studies. I am currently studying my third year in Chemical Engineering at Uppsala University. The good acting schools, auditions, studios etc. are out of my reach at the moment. We will
come some day meet you and tell you about this mail that I sent. Perhaps we'll laugh at it together and discuss when this strange Beyar sent you an email regarding his dreams and that of his two
friends. Mr. Khan I will NEVER know how your life was, is and how it will be because I will NEVER be able to walk through YOUR life. We see you as a role model, not only from the acting perspective
but also from an educational level. We have seen the immense effort you put into life and keeping your passion alive. We certainly are your fans Shah Rukh, but our ultimate goal is that you will
NOT view us as fans, but rather as friends. Who knows what destiny holds for us.
Inshallah, our dreams will become reality. These are just a few of the infinite amount of sentences we want to tell you.
We hope to see you soon.
Beyar, Zeynep and Guldem