Partying in Gurgaon: Bouncers spill the beans on the rowdies flush with cash
Refusal to pay after drinking, hitting the staff, misbehaving with women... the list of troubles caused by party-goers in Gurgaon go on and on. Club bouncers, as the first line of defence, talk about how they handle these brawls.gurgaon Updated: Jul 29, 2017 17:18 IST
After-party scuffles with bouncers are not new in Gurgaon, a city where party-goers are described as “the most aggressive” by the people in charge of peacekeeping at bars and nightclubs.
One of the most recent incidents happened on July 22, at Power Play Sports Bar, on MG Road. Three young men allegedly beat up a bartender, when he asked them to pay for their drinks. The pub’s bouncer intervened, asking the troublemaker trio to leave immediately, but he, too, became a target — the three left the pub for the time being, but they ambushed the bouncer when he stepped out a while later to take a break.
“Sab peene ke baad apne aap ko Salman Khan samajhte hai (After drinking alcohol, everyone thinks they are Salman Khan),” says bouncer Dev Chaudhary aka Chuchu Bhai. “Stags cause the most nuisance. We kick them out when they misbehave with female customers. At that point, a fight ensues. Phir hojaati hai toh hone do (If it happens, let it happen),” adds Chaudhary.
In March, there was a much-publicised brawl between the management and three revellers at The Wine Company, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon. That put the spotlight on the unruly behaviour of Gurgaon’s party crowd. “They treat us like their servants,” says Naresh Kumar, who has been working as a bouncer at several pubs in Cyber Hub and on Golf Course Road.
‘Whenever we think someone’s intentions are suspicious, we keep an eye on them. Jaise ghar ke bahar likhte hain na - Kutton se savdhan (Like it’s written outside homes: ‘Beware of dogs’). Beating up the miscreants is our last resort’ - Naresh Kumar, bouncer
Kumar’s experience of eight years comes in handy for managing the rowdies. “Yahan (Gurgaon) ke log paisa aandhi ki tarah phoonkte hai. Gurgaon walon ne toh zameenein bechi hui hain aur sochte hain ki unke paas bahut paisa hai, aur doosre unke naukar hain. (The people of Gurgaon spend money the way the wind blows away dust. Gurgaonites have sold their lands for big bucks, and think that since they have money, all the rest are their servants). The Delhi crowd is the best. Whenever we think someone’s intentions are suspicious, we keep an eye on them. Jaise ghar ke bahar likhte hain na - Kutton se savdhan (Like it’s written outside homes: ‘Beware of dogs’). Beating up the miscreants is our last resort,” adds Kumar.
Even the people in charge of security at several Gurgaon pubs are weary of such people. “‘I need a discount on this’ or ‘I will not pay money for this’, are the usual things that we hear,” says Sumit Yadav, Invictus Security. “Sometimes people throw bottles and glasses at the bouncers! The closing time of the outlet is 1am, and often people enter at 11pm, refusing to leave the venue. When things go wrong, the bouncers are forced to raise their hands.”
‘Bouncers intervene when people don’t listen to the manager or management. Log darte hain humse (People are scared of us due to our build), so the minute they see us, they start behaving and talking properly’ - Varun Sharma, bouncer
The rowdiness of the crowd also depends on the location of the pub. “The crowd at MG Road is much worse than that of Sector 29,” says Varun Sharma (name changed), a bouncer at a club in Gurgaon’s Sector 29. He adds, “Bouncers intervene when people don’t listen to the manager or management. Log darte hain humse (People are scared of us due to our build), so the minute they see us, they start behaving and talking properly.”
Sharing an instance, Praveen Verma (name changed), security executive at a club, says, “Underage people often offer us money to get an entry into the pub. The crowd from 6pm to 10pm remains decent, and everybody talks decently before the drinks. Things take a U-turn after that. One time, a drunken guest raised his hand on the manager; when the security team intervened, they tried to hit us, too.”
Dev Chaudhary says, “At any instance, a manager’s role is of utmost importance. We’ll hit [a troublemaker], if the manager asks us to hit. Sometimes, a fight erupts with people who come in groups, and even among women and couples. At that time, a lady bouncer intervenes to solve the issue amicably.”
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First Published: Jul 29, 2017 17:17 IST