Remembering Sidharth Shukla: Shehnaaz Gill is taking his legacy forward, say SidHearts


It’s been precisely a 12 months since Sidharth Shukla, a preferred actor whose fame surged after his stint within the actuality present Bigg Boss, died on account of cardiac arrest. Nevertheless, even immediately, the late actor stays fashionable on social media. We converse to his followers, who’re often called SidHearts, about their idol.

Mehak, 26, from Punjab, met the actor in November 2020. “After I met him, he handled me like he knew me. He handled everybody like household. I used to be there with him for half-hour, and he was simply so heat. I keep in mind telling him, ‘Your mum is good and you’re the finest son’, and he countered me immediately with, ‘No, she is the most effective mum’,” she tells us.

“I despatched Sid a mug along with his followers’ footage as a present. And on Mom’s Day, he posted a snap along with his mum that includes the identical mug! Throughout interviews, he’d keep in mind most of his followers’ accounts. As soon as, he took my identify and stated, ‘I’ve met her’,” says Smita Pandey, who met the actor on the units of Balika Vadhu.

“He was an integral a part of our lives, handled his SidHearts like members of the family, motivated and guided us. I simply want we might return in time and relive the fantastic moments he spent with us. His absence has left a void, which might by no means be crammed,” says Dr Nupur Kharangate, a dentist from Goa, who met the actor in December 2020.

Shukla’s fandom isn’t simply restricted to India. SidHearts are unfold throughout the East, the West, and the whole lot in between.

Kumayl Abbas Rizvi, from Islamabad, Pakistan, mentions, “Prior to now 12 months, thousands and thousands of his followers, together with me, have realised that celebrating him, speaking about him, telling folks about him, implementing his concepts in our lives won’t ever finish. He’s infinite, a unending supply of steerage and love. His affect throughout the border is such that every time one thing dangerous occurred in our nation, he at all times requested us about our security. He by no means differentiated between his Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi followers. He at all times thought-about them his followers, his SidHearts, his Siddians.”

Nikita Sharma, 24, from Toronto, Canada, feels it’s actor-singer Shehnaaz Gill (Shukla’s shut buddy) who retains the late actor’s legacy alive. “For us, we see Sidharth in Shehnaaz. I consider he’s watching all of us,” she states.

Ratna Goel is from Atlanta, USA, and has been working a fan account since 2017. “Even after he turned actually well-known, he knew most of his followers by their names. I even used to tease him asking why he isn’t married and he at all times stated he’s ‘having fun with his single life’ and by no means gave a straight reply,” Goel recollects.

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