THEY THINK WE WILL DO WHAT THEY WANT

Raveena gets ha­rassed by an event or­gan­iser; other hero­ines say this is com­mon

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri. na­yar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Ac­tor Raveena Tan­don faced an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent re­cently while she was cel­e­brat­ing In­de­pen­dence Day at an event in Los An­ge­les, US. While she was on stage, one of the or­gan­is­ers al­legedly came up and started mis­be­hav­ing with her. “In LA af­ter two glo­ri­ous days, of spend­ing the In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions — sadly a bad end­ing. All was go­ing well. Till a drunk got on stage. Some chap ... started mis­be­hav­ing, and pad­ding com­ments, sadly all se­cu­rity was down and couldn’t get to him first (sic),” Raveena tweeted, adding, “(He) was one of the or­gan­is­ers and was up­set that his kids didn’t get to travel in my car with me to the event, which se­cu­rity and pro­to­col didn’t al­low.”

“(He) started mak­ing nasty re­marks till I had to yell out to the oth­ers to get some other guys up .. And that’s when they took him away! (sic),” she posted.

In the past, other ac­tors have of­ten spo­ken about how they have also been ha­rassed at events and forced to do things which they never signed up for, just be­cause they are get­ting paid for the event. While ac­tors are of­ten paid big bucks for some of these events and per­for­mances, ac­tor Mugdha Godse says that many times the ac­tors are asked to do much more than what they sign up for. “They feel that they have bought us. So they of­ten add stuff like ‘ya­haan pic­ture kitchwa li jiye’ and all,” she says. Ac­tor Gaua­har Khan also adds that the ac­tor’s re­la­tion­ship with the or­gan­is­ers makes a dif­fer­ence, how­ever, no one should be able to force the ac­tor to do any­thing ex­tra. “You need to put your foot down and do only what you have com­mit­ted to,” says Gaua­har.

Ac­tor So­phie Choudry too faced a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent dur­ing a New Year’s Eve per­for­mance some time back. “One of the se­cu­rity guards was drunk. He kept fall­ing on me. In the end I had to lit­er­ally push him and slap him ... get­ting the right se­cu­rity peo­ple is the key,” says So­phie. Ac­tor Zarine Khan was also mobbed at an event due to in­ad­e­quate se­cu­rity. “The crowd got un­con­trol­lable and they pushed me as they wanted a pic­ture,” she says.

(He) started mak­ing nasty re­marks till I had to yell out to the oth­ers to get some other guys up ... And that’s when they took him away! (sic)

Raveena Tan­don, ac­tor

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