Earlier this month, the cast of Raajneeti — including actors Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor — were turned away from North Campus’ SRCC by the Delhi Police, which cited security reasons. Last year too, actor Aamir Khan faced a similar problem when he wanted to promote 3 Idiots in DU. Students, agitated over missing out on such Bollywood visits, have now taken it upon themselves to organise celeb visits to DU.
"We will now invite Prakash Jha (Raajneeti director) and the actors to DU and look after the whole thing," said Anurag Rawal, president of Campus Law Centre, Students Union. "I even arranged for the shooting of Shaadi Mubarak and Dil Dosti etc. Denying permission arbitrarily is wrong."
Others echo his stand. Kumar Rahul, hostel president, Kirori Mal College, says, "When Vivek Oberoi came here, everything went off smoothly. Stars are allowed to go to malls, then why not colleges?" DUSU President, Manoj Choudhary, says, "Let the stars come, but give us time to make arrangements." "North Campus is Delhi’s hottest spot. Not letting stars come here is absurd," says Neeraj Sharma, a Hindu student. Rampal too says, "I felt sad not to have gone back to my own campus, (but) we’ll come to DU for sure."
DU Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental defends, "I was not aware about the controversy around Raajneeti… maybe they wanted to go to an area the police found unsafe. But why should films be promoted on campus?" Sagar Preet Hooda DCP (north) says: "The police have the authority to disallow any activity that poses a potential threat to the law and order situation of an area."
Get ‘em here
We will invite the raajneeti team to DU and look after the whole thing
—Anurag Rawal, president, CLC, SU
Why should films be promoted on campus? They’re meant for theatres
—Deepak Pental, DU Vice Chancellor
We’ll be back
I felt sad not to have gone back to my own campus, (but) we’ll come to du for sure
—Arjun Rampal, actor