Guwahati: When it comes to absolute devotion of fans towards their favourite celebrity, India has no dearth of examples. One such exemplar is Assam’s Bhupen Likson, a 52-year-old activist, who cycled over 600 km to meet Bollywood star Salman Khan at the 65th Filmfare Awards which will take place on Saturday evening.
According to reports, Likson left from Margherita area of Tinsukia on February 8 and arrived in Guwahati on February 13.
The 52-year-old is a big fan of the megastar, and his favourite movie of Salman Khan is Tere Naam. He wishes to meet him at the Awards ceremony; however, Khan’s name is missing from the list of confirmed attendees.
Till now, 24 Bollywood personalities had confirmed their presence at the cinematic extravaganza including Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit, Disha Patani, Kartik Aaryan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Siddhant Chaturvedi among others.
The show will be hosted by the new heartthrob of B-town Vicky Kaushal and ace director Karan Johar.
Donning an Assamese gamusa, Likson is not just an everyday cyclist but has his name inked in the India Book of Records for cycling 40 km starting from Jagun and finishing at Pawai in 60 minutes without touching the handles in 2013. And in 2015 World Records Festival, he attempted to bicycle without touching the handle for 50 km in 1 hour.
He is also a vocal activist who cycles for social causes like spreading awareness against rhino poaching and mob lynching. In 2018, he cycled demanding death sentence for the culprits in the infamous Karbi Anglong mob-lynching case which claimed the lives of two youths- Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath.