Fear is an emotion which does not discriminate between anyone, tall or short, black or white, rich or poor and famous or not-so-famous. In fact, fear is one emotion which brings everyone to a common ground. And our Bollywood stars are not untouched by this emotion.
In fact, they are one step ahead and have some really interesting phobias. What are their fear factors?
Here’s a list of some Bollywood celebs and their phobias:
1- Alia Bhatt
Nyctophobia: Fear of darkness
The young actress might have ventured to the dark side of human emotions with her critically-acclaimed movie Highway but darkness is something which still becomes difficult for the actor to handle. Alia’s fear of darkness is so overpowering that she sleeps with a dim light on and curtains slightly open!
2- Deepika Padukone
Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes
Deepika is petrified of snakes, so she makes sure her movies do not involve any scenes with reptiles.
3- Shah Rukh Khan
Equinophobia: Fear of horses
He might be called King Khan but there are some fears that even kings cannot overcome. Shah Rukh Khan might be the Baadshah of Bollywood but he is scared of horses. No wonder we don’t see him riding a horse in his movies too often!
SRK had a really bad experience riding a horse while filming Karan Arjun. Since then, he has never ridden a horse for a film or otherwise.
4- Priyanka Chopra
Equinophobia: Fear of horses
The global icon, Priyanka Chopra is scared of horses and this came into limelight while she was shooting for a fantasy adventure film ‘Drona’ which involved some deadly action and fighting scenes. She was very confident until the team asked her to ride a horse and this very idea of a horse sequence made her very edgy. In spite of the fear, Priyanka did manage to pull off the scene and gave the shot like a pro.
5- Sonam Kapoor
Claustrophobia: Fear of enclosed spaces
In an interview, Sonam admitted to her phobia of elevators. She always prefers to take the stairs. She feels dizzy in elevators.
6- Vidya Balan
Ailurophobia: Fear of cats
Show this versatile actress a cat and she’ll run for miles! The ooh la la girl of Bollywood, who has carried many a films on her shoulders, cannot handle her paranoia at the sight of cats!
7- Ranbir Kapoor
Katsaridaphobia: Fear of cockroach
Ranbir Kapoor wouldn’t enter a house if he spots a cockroach. He cannot stand the sight of these creatures crawling anywhere around.
8- Abhishek Bachchan
Fructophobia: Fear of fruits
Abhishek Bachchan, not known to be a big-time fitness enthusiast, suffers from a phobia of fruits and runs away at the sight of them (as seen on a cookery show !). As if that was not enough, Bachchan Jr publicly admitted to his hatred towards fruits (at a reality show) and added that he has NEVER eaten a fruit!
9- Arjun Kapoor
Aanemistiraphobia:Fear of ceiling fans
This fanny has a phobia of ceiling fans. Yes! And it’s so bad that he doesn’t have a single fan at his place!
10- Ajay Devgn
Mysophobia: Fear of dirty hands while eating
Ajay Devgan has a phobia of having food with his hands so much so that he insists on using a fork and knife for eating almost everything, even a ghee-smeared chapati. He even has an explanation ready: he believes eating food with hands makes the fingers stink!
11- Anushka Sharma
Amaxophobia: Fear of Driving
Did we see even a sliver of discomfort on her face when she vroomed around on a bike in a scene from RNBDJ or took a casual stroll on a Royal Enfield in Ladakh in JTHJ? Hidden under that performance was Sharma’s dread of riding bikes! However, like a thorough professional, Anushka has mastered her phobia quite a few times for movies and TVCs!
12- Katrina Kaif
Lycopersicoaphobia: Fear of tomatoes
Katrina Kaif is super petrified of tomatoes. Shooting for the Tomatina festival in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was quite a task for her. Reportedly, Katrina rejected an endorsement deal because it was for a tomato ketchup brand!
13- Bipasha Basu
Geliophobia: Fear of own laughter
She is the boldest ‘Bengali Bala’ in Bollywood. Now you will be surprised when you face this fact that Bipasha Basu is afraid of her own laughter. I can’t imagine about her phobia where she has done marvellous jobs in many horror movies, and always stood up by her performance. Anyways, Bipasha’s laughter is a horror movie for herself.
14- Tanisha Mukherjee
Glossophobia: Fear of live audience
While some phobias can be absolutely bewildering, others are understanable! Tanisha Mukherji is said to have serious stage fright! Well, going by the amount of acting performances she has given in recent times, such a phobia is bound to develop!
15- Celina Jaitley
Lepidopterophobia: Fear of butterflies
Celina Jaitly has had a weird phobia since she was 4 years old, revealed her mother once. The svelte actress is petrified of butterflies! In fact, a butterfly can set the panic button on for the actress so much so that she once almost fell off a cliff after running into a butterfly on the sets of ‘No Entry.’