Kolkata, Nov 6 (IANS) A 19-year-old boy clung on to the rear of popular Bengali actor Subhashis Chattopadhyay's car and travelled for more than 40 km just to express his immense desire to become an actor!
The incident occurred late Sunday night under Taldanga police station area in West Bengal's Bankura district when Swarup Barik of Khichka village clung on to the exhaust pipe of the actor's car, local reports said.
Though Barik sustained burn injuries on the way, he never gave up with the hope of realising his dream of becoming an actor.
'I was surprised to find the youth had not fallen off the car,' said Subhashis, known for his slapstick comedy.
It was actress Locket Chatterjee who spotted the youth clinging on to the car and thought he must be a dacoit or a Maoist. She was travelling in another car.
Both actors were returning after performing at a yatra (a folk theatre) in Bankura.
'I suddenly saw a figure clinging on to Subhashis's car and thought he was trying to attack us. I tried to contact Subhashis but his mobile phone was switched off. I then asked my driver to overtake his car and asked for police help. I was scared,' Locket said.
When Subhashis's car stopped, the youth scampered out, claiming innocence.
'My ultimate dream is to become an actor. My favourite actor is Subhashisda. When he came to my village to perform in a yatra, I thought I would be able to express my deep desire to join films, but could not meet him. So I chose to travel this way,' Swarup said.
'The boy had done it out of sheer excitement. We have made him write a note, saying he would never take such a risk in future,' said Jitendra Nath Mukhopadhyay, inspector-in-charge of Bankura Sadar police station.