Mumbai, June 3 (IANS) The past year has been a living hell for TV star Eijaz Khan. While dealing with impossible schedules and trying to balance a number of soaps, Eijaz also had to deal with a hysterical female fan.
'I don't want to give her any importance or publicity by mentioning her name in print, or even talking about her at all. In fact, I'd rather let the matter rest and hope it dies a quiet death,' Eijaz told IANS.
On some persuasion Eijaz opens up on the sensitive issue of fans as stalkers. 'I'm no stranger to attention. 'Kavyanjali' has gone off air and so has 'Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka' . But strangely it's the earlier serial that people remember me by. Even now all the calls, messages, e-mails and fan mail are about 'Kavyanjali'.'
Eijaz has a cell phone number devoted only to fan calls. That's where his current problems started.
'This lady's attentions began nicely enough. But then she began to keep too close a tab on my movements. And I began to distance myself. That didn't go down well with her. Her persistence grew to a point where she knew my exact whereabouts. She even knows my home address...a detail that even my workplace, Balajee Telefilms, isn't aware of.'
Now the woman claims she's pregnant with Eijaz's child. 'I have never met her. She also claims I threw juice on her face at a party. I'd rather kill myself than misbehave in public, and that too with a lady.'
Eijaz says he has no clue how to solve this, the most recent crisis in his life. 'By now I've become a master of crises. I'm sure I'll find a solution.'
He can take comfort in the fact that almost all popular male TV stars, from Hiten Tejwani and Rohit Roy to Ronit Roy and Iqbal Khan, have such obsessive fans.
'Maybe,' Eijaz concedes. 'But I'm passing through a critical stage in my life. I'd rather not have such over-devoted fans.'