Actor Zareen Khan’s recent performance at a Delhi wedding has brought to light the mass misbehaviour that comes with the big money at events in the Capital.
The actor, who walked off the stage after money was showered on her during her performance, has vowed to be choosy about accepting offers in the North. Other female actors agree that performing in Delhi is risky.
“I look out for myself more than my bodyguards because I never know who might just jump on me. Performing in Delhi is such a nightmare. The crowd in Delhi is rowdy and a show-off. If given a choice, I would rather not perform here,” says actor Neetu Chandra.
Actor Koena Mitra adds, “Yes, it is very sad but true (that the reaction of Delhi men makes performers uneasy). It might be the Rajdhani, but it is the most unsafe city.”
Actors say that their ugliest memories of fan misbehaviour are from the Capital, as people here are high on power and money.
“Once I was supposed to perform at a party in Delhi, but the crowd got very aggressive and I couldn’t reach the stage for my performance. They started throwing bottles and even tore the curtains of my green room. People in Delhi think that with money and power they can get away with anything. Mujhe UP aur Bihar mein perform karne se darr nahi lagta, par Delhi mein lagta hai,” says item girl Sambhavna Seth.
“I have seen crowd going berserk and crazy in Delhi. My colleagues have had their worst experiences here,” says item girl Sherlyn Chopra.
Singer Sophie Choudry says that while she likes performing in the Capital, the crowd often “goes out of control”.
“The north is more susceptible to such behaviour... In fact a few years ago at a New Year’s event in Delhi, one of the bodyguards misbehaved with me and ended getting a slap,” she says.
However, some call this a generalisation.
“Unpleasant incidents can happen anywhere. I feel one should not generalise, saying that the entire city is like that,” says actor Geeta Basra.
You can’t buy us: Zareen Khan
Zareen Khan recalls her unpleasant experience at the Delhi wedding where she cut short her performance and left.
I was performing, when an old man came on stage and started showering money on me. I was shocked. For him it might be fine, but not for me. I am not a mujre waali or a bar dancer. I walked off the stage immediately. I think people in Delhi go overboard, which is fine as long as they are doing it among themselves.
People in Delhi have connections and a lot of ego. They feel that if they have paid a celebrity to perform, they have bought that celebrity. You cannot treat a celebrity who has come to entertain you in this manner.
My self respect and my dignity is most important to me and I chose to end the performance, as I did not want any more drama. From now, I will make sure I have personal security at such events, and I will be cautious about the offers that I take up now.