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Celebrity blues

Call it celebrity blues or simply arrogance, but Mohammad Kaif's out-of-the-field aggressiveness left his fans in the city disappointed.


NOSE IN AIR: Mohammad Kaif's `smileless visit was a disappointment.

HE MUST religiously believe in Weekender for he wears his attitude in and out. Envied for his well-timed lofty front-foot strokes and reckoned for his hard-line fielding style, Mohammad Kaif chose to exhibit the same aggressive attitude out of the field too, when he was in the city recently. The shots, however, were played at the back foot.

But instead of earning envy as in the field, the style paid him off with much disfavour and displeasure from his fans. Perhaps, his quick-fire batting style has taken a toll in transforming him to a spitfire person!

The ace-cricketer who had essayed a stupendous victory for the country over England at the Lord's recently with his unbeaten knock of 87 off 75 balls was here as the brand ambassador for Reebok at the inauguration of an exclusive Reebok outlet at Himayatnagar.

Seemingly tight-lipped with a face totally sans smile but for the occasional jaw-movement for the chewing gum, Kaif's `on-field attitude' marred the spirits of his over hundred enthusiastic fans who had queued up in front of the store, two hours in advance. Hails soon turned to wails, as the public was totally let down by his attitude.

A few fans were lucky to be obliged by Kaif for an autograph while the rest had to console themselves with a glimpse of their hero from behind the glass walls, as he uneasily strolled inside the store with his head held high. So much so that even the proprietors of the outlet had to be cajoled to come and stand with the hero for a photograph, as they had taken a backseat, seeing his arrogance.

That his fans found him headstrong and arrogant was apparent as many were heard saying, "Samajta kya hai woh apne aap ko? (What does he think of himself?)" Others like Renny Varghese, a division league player, who missed his office to see Kaif felt that he should have been a little bit more modest as he is still a novice. "He might be too young to handle his success, but a smile or a wave at the cheering crowd could have made him more popular," said a visibly cheesed off Renny.

Even the media was taken aback as Kaif was heard saying, "Why are they here?" Although some questions were posed at him, the cricketer just give signals that he would not speak. His silence was understood for obvious reasons though. One journalist was even heard saying, "He could have just politely refused saying that he would not answer any press queries. But this was not what was expected of him."

And as his car cruised away amidst the horde of disappointed admirers, organisers were seen apologising for Kaif's `out-of-the-field-aggressiveness'. More than a Reebok ambassador, perhaps Kaif's attitude would have been more just, as a Weekender man.

SOUVIK CHOWDHURY

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