Yuvraj Singh, Salman Khan, MF Husain, Ishant Sharma, Bruce Willis and a whole host of celebrities have either been denied entry into nightclubs or worse, been kicked out of them. So, those of you planning your New Year’s Eve parties, would do well to remember the looming threat called ‘Right of Admission Reserved’ (ROAR). If the celebs weren’t spared, chances are, neither will you.
Ishant Sharma is the latest victim to be on the receiving end of ROAR. Deepali Narula, Director Events, F Bar recalls, “Recently, Ishant Sharma visited F-Bar and wanted to go up to the Diamond lounge where a private party was being hosted. His friends were a bit rowdy although he was respectful, but we explained to him that he could not. We suggested the VIP lounge instead and he abided.”
Yuvraj Singh was also denied entry on one occasion to a party at the Imperial Hotel, apparently because he wasn’t recognised by the security at the entrance. Image consultant Prasad Bidappa recalls the incident, “Yuvraj had recently joined the team and we took him to the Imperial Hotel. They were not letting him in because they could not recognise him. We finally had to show them a newspaper where the new team featured and even then it took a lot of convincing.”
Similar was the case for actor Salman Khan, when he was in Russia for a shoot. Luckily for Salman though, veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty was around and not only did the Russians let them in, they even played I am a disco Dancer throughout the night in his honour.
For designer Rahul Jain, the faux pax was showing up at a night club in chappals. He was immediately shown the door. Model Khalid Siddiqui too committed this grave error but fame came to his rescue. “I was out and my friends called me to meet them at a nightclub and I was obviously not dressed for the occasion. The management did try to stop me but a bit of sweet smiling and the fact that I was a known face helped and they let me in.”
However, Delhi’s restaurateurs say that being famous is no help in such cases. “If any celebrity does not adhere to the dress code, we normally ask them to go back and change, unless he is a friend... then I will lend him clothes,” says Sohrab Sitaram of Tabula Rasa.
Adman Prahlad Kakkar, too, was turned out once, only in his case the ROAR was invoked by the nightclub on account of bad behavior. “One of my friends began dancing barefoot in the nightclub and started swinging girls around. When the bouncer asked him to leave, he started dancing with the bouncer. Finally,we were asked to leave and we insisted that they refund our entry fee. They were so desperate for us to leave that they even returned the money.
However, not everyone takes ROAR in jest, there are those deeply affronted by what they call “stupid” restrictions. Singer Karan Oberoi says that he has been stopped from entering restaurants and nightclubs in Delhi because he was wearing Uggs. “Such restaurants, I feel, should be banned because one goes there to enjoy and relax. Such restrictions are silly,” he says.