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Are we public property?

...ask Bollywood actresses after being duped by organisers into attending events.

entertainment Updated: Feb 08, 2010 01:06 IST
Neha Sharma

Bollywood can be murky if delved deep. And so is anything related to it. Bipasha Basu’s a harrowing experience at a Delhi hotel —where she was being arm twisted into attending a private party — brings out the fact how actresses are often ill-treated by the event organisers. They ask the stars to get pictures clicked with strangers, spread rumours about them performing and give misleading information to the stars about the event.

Making a fool
“It’s wrong, but it’s quite common. Event organisers often take advantage of the fact that celebrities are associated with their functions,” says actress Koena Mitra.

Last year, Bipasha was at a wedding in the Capital, but the actress wasn’t informed that the media and guests had been assured of an interaction with her. Says actress Neetu Chandra, “We just become public property. If people ask me to cut a cake or want to get a phorograph with us, karna padhta hai.”

Stars often oblige because they run the risk of being branded “rude” and “tantrum queens”. “These things get on our nerves. I have started refusing now, ki paisa deke khareed nahi leeya hai,” says item girl Sambhavna Seth. Adds singer-actress Sophie Chaudhary says, “At times, I land up at weddings after being told I’m performing at a corporate event. That gets very annoying.”

Not giving up
While Bipasha left the town on a sour note, Ashok Mittal of Ramada Plaza is contemplating legal action against the actress. “We footed the bill for her stay, use of the spa and high tea,” says Mittal.

Though the copy of the contract with HT states she was to attend the after party hosted by Ramada Plaza “of the DVD launch”, Mittal isn’t willing to give up. “She had to come to the party for 15 minutes. [And] if it happens to be my birthday, why is it a problem,” he adds.