The star who scrammed - Rajeev Masand
This week's Open Magazine column by Masand, is an old story, nevertheless interesting. Here you go.
He might like us to believe that he’s a fearless star, but a filmmaker who directed him in a two-hero musical a few years ago has a very different story to tell. Turns out that while the muscleman hero was in the capital promoting the director’s film, he bashed up the Sikh boyfriend of a female fan who was sidling up to him at his hotel bar all evening. Bruised and angry, the boyfriend left the bar in a huff, but returned an hour later with a gang of armed friends. Hotel authorities reportedly distracted the angry gang in the lobby for 15 minutes, and warned the star and his brother (who were still in the bar) to rush away to their rooms immediately.
The actor and his brother locked themselves in his room, even as the angry gang reportedly knocked at almost every door in the hotel searching for the star. The actor, now visibly shaken, called up the director to help him out of the mess, but the filmmaker was in Mumbai and said there was little he could do from so far away.
Eventually, the hotel authorities had to threaten to call the police if the gang didn’t leave the premises. Having failed at locating the star, the gang left after damaging some hotel property. Meanwhile, the star and his brother, who were reportedly cowering in their room when they finally allowed the hotel manager in, demanded that the hotel stay mum about the entire incident, and offered compensation for all the property damaged in return for their silence