Salman Khan visited Splash and Mall of the Emirates to launch his charitable clothing line Being Human, where more than 1,000 people gathered to catch a glimpse of the actor and attempted to get his autograph.
The 46-year-old actor’s visit consisted of a wave, a few hellos and a quick exit after the crowds became too much.
Muttering in Hindi as he arrived, Khan urged the crowd to “get back” and said “this is dangerous for the children.”
“It’s disappointing to say the least,” Gulf News quoted Raka Advani, who waited for Khan from 2pm, as saying.
“You would think he actually would like to spend time with the people who will buy these clothes. It isn’t much to ask. He wasn’t in any danger, he just didn’t want to be here. What a waste of an afternoon,” Raka said.
A Splash sales assistant said Khan was in the store for less than three minutes in total.
“He said it was dangerous and wanted to leave. The clothes were falling everywhere and the barriers were not achieving anything,” the sales assistant said.
It wasn’t all bad for Khan though as the Being Human range, consisting of men’s T-shirts and jeans, continued to receive a lot of interest with customers even after his swift departure.
Priti Bakshi, 20, said she caught a glimpse of her hero and that was worth it.
Splash CEO Raza Beig also commented on the event.
“I felt the hysteria in my bones and had a few minor heart attacks. People’s love for Salman and Being Human was phenomenal. And I wish the cause and Salman all the best,” Beig said.
An hour or so later, Khan repeated his quick appearance at the Iconic store at Deira City Centre to a similar number of fans.