It was for the first time in my life I was going to attend a celebrity’s funeral. I cannot deny the fact that I was actually curious to observe the visitors out there and their expressions! Will it not be interesting to watch people whom we usually see singing and dancing around the trees on-screen perform in such a situation?! I was just wondering if their tears would turn smiles once the media camera is off their faces! …or to keep the drama alive, will they continue to weep at the coffin? However, I am not bringing everybody under the same umbrella as I know there could be genuine folks too!
I was amused to see the crowd who had come to attend the funeral. This includes not only curious people like me, but also his relatives, friends, journalists, neighbors, perhaps his professional and personal rivals too!!
Of all, the person who caught my attention was this guy with Raj Kapoor kind of moustache and Amrish Puri kind of side burns! I checked his feet… no; he doesn’t have Jithendra kind of shoes! :P I guess this highly energetic person has voluntarily taken over the whole show – he was involved in a lot of activities like running around, interacting with guests, in between weeping, consoling the ladies, coordinating the rituals and what not?! Where ever I take my eyes, I could see him so busy!
Now, it was time to take the departed soul’s body to the burial ground. Except the whimper, there was absolute silence! I could feel sadness in the air; a total feeling of loss and helplessness! But, in the next minute, what we heard was an unexpected blast - “Daddy Mummy Veettil Illa….!!” Huh?! Identified the culprit - It was our Raj Kapoor’s phone ringing in maximum volume! And what was he doing now? Poor guy was holding one end of the departed soul with both his hands while his phone was partying from his waist belt pocket! He gave all of us an embarrassed look not knowing what to do! Trying hard to hold back my laughter, I looked around to realize that most of them were going through the same emotions! I am sure even the celebrity inside the coffin would have had a chuckle! What a way to say the last good bye! J
Moral of the story – Laughter is the most effective instant vaccination!