Bollywood loves fog. But only on the big screen. Cut to real life, and even the biggest Bollywood stars found their lives disrupted by the fog which has had Delhi in its grip. Cancelled visits, missed premiers and delays resulted as stars found themselves stranded at airports.
Actors Shah Rukh Khan, Shabana Azmi and lyricist Javed Akhtar cancelled a visit to Aligarh Muslim University scheduled for today because of the heavy fog in Delhi. SRK tweeted: "Can’t fight nature…was so looking forward to the Aligarh Univ invite... but seems will have to reschedule. Too much fog."
Actor Salman Khan cancelled a promotional event in the capital because of the fog and actress Asin Thottumkal was late for an awards ceremony as her flight was delayed.
At the Jaipur Literature Festival some sessions were shifted around as participants were delayed by the fog. The queen of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk and Nobel Prize winning author Wole Soyinka were amongst those delayed. Azmi, who was photographed stranded at the Delhi airport, told reporters, “We have to be patient. I remember something of the sort happening in a USA airport once. They didn’t do one fourth of what our airlines are doing.”
Actor Riteish Deshmukh missed the premiere of ‘good friend’ Genelia D’ Souza’s film Chance Pe Dance in Mumbai last week. He tweeted, “Sitting in d aircraft since 45 mins and it refusing to take off from Delhi.” Actress Sameera Reddy who is in Delhi presently says, “You can’t fight nature. You have to put up with it.” Filmmaker Rahul Aggarwal says, “I am a frequent flyer to Delhi, and when I landed there last time, it took me one and a half hours to get to the terminal from the runway.”