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08-18-2011, 01:12 AM #1
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Tense moments for Shah Rukh, Rahman, Ranbir and Anushka in London
The London riots have taken the entire world by surprise, most of all Indians who are caught in a situation over which the British government seems to have little control.
On Tuesday, at an unveiling event for a motorcycle brand, A R Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma were almost caught in a complete shutdown of the city.
Shailendra Singh of Percept Ltd who organized the event says, "It was providential. There we were on stage at the O2 Arena with Boris Becker and David Coulthard. The event went off like a dream. But just as we wrapped up we heard that part of London was being shut down completely due to the riots."
Apparently, a panic situation arose after the event was over. While A.R Rahman and Shah Rukh seemed unfazed by the developments (both are Sufiyana in their temperament) Anushka apparently was nervous.
Says a source, "Ranbir took charge. He looked after Anushka, made sure she didn't panic and that she reached her hotel safely. The city was on fire. But Ranbir didn't let Anushka feel the heat of the riots. He kept her entertained and reassured."
Says Shailendra Singh from London, "It was all so cool. We Indians are used to such crisis situations. But the British government seems unequipped to handle riots. Laws here don't allow the cops to control teenagers physically. They can't even hose them down. The cops can't touch the kids. Regrettably a lot of rioters are under-age. It's not about a black boy being killed. It's become much huger."
Singh admits the Bollywood entourage at the O2 Arena on Tuesday had a close shave. "We completed our event in the nick of time. All of us Shah Rukh, Ranbir, Anushka, Rahman...we were not in the best of situations. Thankfully we're all safe."
Not far from London in Nottingham, a more intimate bonding is happening between Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra who are shooting for Kunal Kohli's film. The two are constantly sending assuring messages to their respective families and seem blissfully bonded by the crisis situation.
Says director Kunal Kohli, "Fortunately, we're in a city that's unaffected by the riots. But it's sad to know that so much violence is happening around us."
08-18-2011, 05:34 AM #2