You bloody Indians: Jolie's hulks
Angelina Jolie continues to make news, this time for the wrong reasons. On Thursday, her bodyguards allegedly manhandled students and parents of South Mumbai?s Anjuman-E-Islam School, where one scene of A Mighty Heart was being shot.india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 19:45 IST
Angelina Jolie continues to make news, this time for the wrong reasons. On Thursday, her bodyguards allegedly manhandled students and parents of South Mumbai’s Anjuman-E-Islam School, where one scene of A Mighty Heart was being shot.
“They called us bloody Indians and pushed us,” said Ayesha Khan, whose daughter studies in Class 3.
Added Senior Police Inspector Prakash Khanvilkar: “The Azad Maidan police have lodged an FIR against three bodyguards for allegedly issuing “serious threats”.
The parents had come around noon to either pick up their wards or drop them. They were making their way through the mob that had gathered to see the shooting when Jolie’s bodyguards “attacked” them. Some parents, a student and two photographers from Malayalam Manorama were among those who were allegedly “pushed” away. The film unit had set up a Pakistani police station in the 116-year-old school building for a shot.
“They were carrying guns and our children were scared,” said Shama Parveen, Parents Teachers Association member. “We should have been informed by the school. What if some child was kidnapped or hurt? Who would take responsibility?” School authorities said it was a case of “bad timing”.
“These things happen. Parents have their own versions and producers their own. It did not happen in front of my eyes. Who knows what the truth is?” said advocate Vanoo, school man agement member.
“We have given the school for shooting many times, there has never been a problem,” said a school director, under condition of anonymity, adding that the school was paid Rs 35,000 by the producers.
Parents were angry that their children were confined to their classrooms throughout the afternoon. “They are kids, not animals. How can you lock them in classrooms?” asked a parent, Sajid Ahmed.
Ahmed and some other parents barged into the school around 3pm. They were thrown out by Jolie’s bodyguards. Despite the chaos, the shooting continued till around 3.30 pm.
A press release by the producers emphasised that they had “full permission and cooperation” of the school to use the premises.
“Our arrival was impeded by the mediapersons waiting at the school’s gates. When the gates opened, the paparazzi rushed inside, triggering chaos,” it added.
First Published: Nov 17, 2006 11:22 IST