Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan was reprimanded by the Mumbai police for endangering lives in taking a selfie with a fan in the middle of the road.
Sharing a picture of Varun leaning out from his car window to take a selfie with a fan in a rickshaw next to his car, Mumbai police warned him of the consequences. “These adventures surely work on D silver screen but certainly not on the roads of Mumbai! U have risked ur life,ur admirer’s & few others. V expect better from a responsible Mumbaikar & youth icon like U!” they wrote.
The actor has also been fined for it. “An E-Challan is on d way 2 ur home. Next time, V will B harsher”
A few hours later, the Student of the Year actor tweeted an apology, insisting that there was no danger as the cars were at a stop. “My apologies , Our cars weren’t moving since we were at a traffic signal,” adding that he did not want to “hurt the sentiment of a fan” and promised to be careful next time.
However, his explanation was rebuked by the police who questioned the chances of the presence of a photographer to capture the gesture.
“Quite a galactic coincidence for the photographer to be on the same signal to capture your gesture, in a good intent nevertheless risky,” Mumbai police quote tweeted Varun. “Leaning out even in a stationary vehicle can be distracting for others considering your popularity. Glad you took our message in d right spirit.”
On the other hand, a Twitter user made a fairly decent point with the image of an accident waiting to happen…
According to Reuters, India has the world’s second-largest road network and one of the highest numbers of road accidents globally. Official data recorded more than 150,000 deaths from about 500,000 accidents last year.