Three patients at a mental hospital are waiting for the silver screen actors to be part of their lives
The cable television can be so dangerous that it can turn sane persons into insane, is a possibility. Three patients at local mental hospital show their longing for the silver screen actors. Their madness continues despite heavy doses of intoxicants and a treatment of years. Following are the excerpts of the conversations they made with this scribe and their case histories as narrated by the concerned psychiatrists. Names of patients have been changed to conceal their identities.
28-year-old Lubna came to this hospital with the wedding food. What happened! While the Maulvi Sahib was asking Lubna for her acceptance at the time of Nikkah, she declined to marry her husband-to-be. "I am not going to marry this fellow. My husband will be Salman Khan (macho Bollywood actor). Call my father and tell him that I want to marry him, not this chap." Her father brought her to the mental hospital where she is languishing to this day. She used to watch Salman Khan’s movies only whereas her family deemed it a mere fascination.
Lubna says: "Salman Khan is my hero. He is always with me. Look Baji! (addresses the psychologist) He is holding me from my shoulder. Ask him to stop this…." The rest is really painful as one cannot help crying over the suffering Lubna.
38-year-old Yasin Khan was a non-resident Pakistani living in the US for over a decade. He was alone there and working in a company. He was fond of the Indian films. With the passage of time, he developed liking for Karishma Kapoor. He used to watch her movies only. Moreover, he had had a large collection Karishma Kapoor’s posters and films. "She is the most beautiful woman of the world. Her beauty is beyond any description. I cannot forget those 20 minutes I spent while seeing her in person in Los Angeles at a function. I could not talk to her in isolation, but she was there for me only. I want to go to LA again to be with her. These people think that I am mad, but I am not. I am mad for my love only. She isn’t married to any one. Here is her only husband (points his finger towards himself)!"
Saadia Batool is a beautiful lady in her mid-20s and is in love with Bobby Deol. She did her masters in philosophy from a local college. In her free time, it were only Bobby Deol movies, she watched behind a closed door. "He cannot marry any other girl. I am her real life heroine. We converse with each other daily. When he is romancing in the movies, actually he is doing it with my image. He has told me this thing himself. I am certain he will come to take me away from here."
If this is the cost of cable, then please stop this!