Yash’s Popularity Story: 5000 Kg Cake, Fans Attempting Suicide And 5 Lakh People Gathering on his Birthday
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Yash’s Popularity Story: 5000 Kg Cake, Fans Attempting Suicide And 5 Lakh People Gathering on his Birthday

Kannada superstar Yash’s superstardom goes through the roof. The actor worries if he will be able to live up to gigantic expectations

On his birthday on  January 8, Kannada  superstar Yash encountered  the  kind of adulation never seen before in this country.  The  mass of humanity which  descended on Bengaluru from all over Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala  and Andhra Pradesh,  consisted of  nearly 5 lakh people. Says a  source  very close  to  the Superstar, “He didn’t want to celebrate his birthday  as  such.  When  last year, his senior co-actor Ambrish whom he respects a lot, passed away, Yash declared he won’t celebrate his birthday.  One of his fans was so upset, he set himself  on  fire in front of Yash’s residence. Yash rushed  to  the hospital where  the fan died. But  not before he  wished his idol a happy birthday. After last year’s  horrible  incident which has been weighing on Yash’s mind, he decided  to let his fans  do what they like on his birthday this  year.”

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On earlier occasions, fans swamped at Yash’s residence on his birthday. This time, to avoid  any mob stampede or any untoward incident, Yash’s fans were called to an open field to celebrate  his birthday. A cardboard cut-out of  the Superstar  which  was  240-feet tall was erected. Yash, who gained immense popularity after KGF saw the  gigantic cut-out swaying dangerously. Says  the source, “No  actor in India has been this  honoured. Such a tall cut-out  has never been erected  for any actor in any part  of the world. It could have  toppled  over anytime and killed many in the field. Yash immediately asked the cut-out to be taken down. A  chopper had to be used to bring down the cut-out.

Yash’s fans  had ordered a 5,000 kg cake which Yash cut after which the cake was distributed into  orphanages  all across Bengaluru. Yash  was  taken aback by the  size  of the crowds this birthday. “It is a big responsibility,” Yash admits.  “This  kind  of adulation is unheard  of. What if  I  disappoint them with my  behaviour? Luckily for me for my  birthday  my fans  expected  nothing from me. They  just wanted me to come to the venue there. During my birthday on earlier occasions I  served them  food at my residence. This time I  didn’t even have  a chance to extend that minimum courtesy and hospitality. All they wanted was for me  to be there. Such unconditional  love from the fans is  overwhelming, and  scary too. What if  I let them down?”

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