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Kareena Kapoor provokes madness among Dubai men

Actress’ visit whips up a frenzy in Bur Dubai on Monday night

  • By Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 23:29 August 20, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf news
  • Kareena Kapoor and Ajay Devgn meet fans during a promotional tour in Dubai for their new movie Satyagraha.
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War correspondents often put their lives at risk when covering assignments in troubled war zones. But such risks are never associated with entertainment writers. What’s dangerous about gazing at a perfectly groomed stars?

Well, a bit, if you happen to be a Bollywood reporter covering a fan event in Dubai. Welcome to the world where grown men act like kids and elbowing the crowd is a survival strategy.

On Monday evening, actress Kareena Kapoor was mobbed by frenzied fans in Dubai while promoting a jewellery store in Bur Dubai and peddling her latest release, Satyagraha. Kapoor, one of Bollywood’s top earners, felt a crazy kind of love from thousands of fans who stormed Bur Dubai’s Cosmos Lane. Like any Bollywood affair, Kapoor — accompanied by her Satyagraha co-star Ajay Devgn — was fashionably late and gave fans a five-minute teaser of their fabulous personalities. But star gazing came with its set of troubles. Traffic snarls, bouncers screaming their heads off and a sea of people going in different directions had stampede written all over it.

“We got jostled around and it was terrible — especially when we tried to make our way out. I was scared that I would be crushed,” said Seema Chaturvedi. She has sworn off any more Bollywood star events, adding a lack of security measures caused the crush.

“When there’s a celebrity visiting Dubai, people will be excited to see them. But there should be somebody to control all of that,” said Chaturvedi, who was accompanied by her brother. Wailing infants and their parents were seen taking refuge in stores near by.

“It’s so dangerous to bring your children to such events where it’s difficult to control crowds. These are fans who don’t care if they trample women and children,” said Vinitha Kamath, a Dubai resident.

It wasn’t just the fans waiting outside who got jostled around. Inside the store, Kapoor and Devgn could barely stand as an army of photographers closed in on them.

“Give them some space. Back off,” screamed one of the bouncers accompanying the stars. But in that confusion, their barks were drowned. Finally, a policeman marched upstairs blowing his whistle to shepherd the stars to their car outside. But drama followed them outside too. Bouncers got heavy-handed as fans waiting outside closed in on Kapoor. However the best part about the evening was the sight of grown men running after Kapoor’s car. Who said Bollywood is only about running around trees?

Comments (4)

  1. Added 14:43 August 21, 2013

    i dont understand that people go crazy for these superstars for what? are they made of gold or are they the best looking person its just another human with same parts you got on your body.

    milli, shj, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:32 August 21, 2013

    i just cant understand Y the peoples are getting Crazy behind the film stars. Y peoples are not Looking to there Mothers and Fathers faces (Parents) which is the most beautiful faces in the World. #iLoveMyFamily

    Dubai Star, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:58 August 21, 2013

    Its not the best part , indeed a FUNNY part of the evening. "Grown men running after Kapoor's car". Haha!

    MMA, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 09:54 August 21, 2013

    What can I say people are mad about celebrities. I dont recommend women with young children and babies to visit such fiascos...its dangerous - you know one can never predict the mob mentality at the end of the day they are ordinary human beings like everyone else....Watch them on the tele....

    Susan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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