His bulky bodyguards and scores of security personnel were helpless. Salman Khan and his
co-star Zarine Khan were mobbed at a mall in Hyderabad while promoting their film over the weekend.
An eyewitness from Salman’s entourage said, “Thousands of people broke the security cordon and entered the complex. The hysteria around him was unmanageable. The crowd got so hyper that they fell over each other and even broke the glass panes of the shops. Salman’s car stopped for 45 minutes as the crowd climbed on to it. The cops resorted to laathicharge.”
In the recent past, there have been many instances of big stars getting mobbed at public places while on a promotional tour. “These days, the producers have to spend heavily on stepping up security arrangements for the stars if the event takes place at a mall or multiplex,” says an industry source. However, not everyone looks at the stars as ‘poor victims of crowd behaviour’. “Stars like being mobbed. It gives them a big high to see thousands of people thronging to catch a glimpse,” says a celebrity publicist on condition of anonymity. “Mostly, the stars themselves ask for the venue to be a mall, rather than a more restricted five star hotel,” she adds.
Notably, after an incident of getting mobbed, actor Akshay Kumar had blogged, “I felt like half an army was running behind me. It was heart-warming for sure.”
Actress Katrina Kaif recently got mobbed by 5,000 fans in Ahmedabad and chased back to her hotel. At the Auto Expo in the Capital early this month, two extra battalions of the police had to be called just to protect actor Saif Ali Khan, as the crowd was getting out of hand.