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London riots disrupt plans

entertainment Updated: Aug 10, 2011 02:06 IST

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Riots and looting in London and other parts of the UK spell trouble for filmmakers, sportstars and travellers

Holidays, red carpet premieres, film festivals and even football matches stand cancelled as violent rioting by youth gangs began to spread beyond North London, on Tuesday.

The star-studded premiere of Daniel Craig starrer Cowboys Vs Aliens, which was to be held on Thursday in London’s O2 arena, may well be cancelled in light of the violence.

The Facebook page of the event has been flooded with queries but the organisers have yet to take a call.

Another red carpet event, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, which is scheduled to take place at Leicester Square in London later today, may also get cancelled.

Indian cricketers Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Pragyan Ojha and Virat Kohli were in Birmingham when violence broke out there and were asked to leave instantly.

“They are all doing fine, but the events are shocking. Yeh ek dukhad ghatna hai aur iska asar matches pe zaroor padega,” says Ishant’s coach Sharvan Kumar.

The shock is palpable even among the Bollywood fraternity.

Producer Ratan Jain, who recently finished shooting Ajay Devgn starrer Tezz in London, says, “What is happening now is very hurtful because the city is known to be quiet and peaceful.”

London based actor Amrit Maghera, who is debuting in Tezz, says, “This is shocking and terrible. I hope it’s controlled soon.”

Actor Sonam Kapoor tweeted from her fanpage on Twitter, “We pray for the protection of life and property in London. Love and peace, let it prevail.”

Tourism in the UK is likely to also suffer as people are rethinking holiday plans.

“My daughter is to leave for Paris via London on August 22. If things don’t improve by then, we might send her directly to Paris or not let her travel alone at all,” says Delhi-based designer Reynu Taandon.

Tour operators in Delhi say they, too, are flooded with queries about safety.

“We are getting several calls from London bound travellers and we are routing all of them to helpline numbers,” says Nitin Sachdeva of FlyIndia Tours.