Despite an invitation from the publishers, Rishi Kapoor objected to the presence of journalists at the launch of his late father, the legendary Raj Kapoor’s book.
What was supposed to be a special event, graced by the five children of the iconic actor, turned out to be a difficult evening. Coming face to face with Rishi, as he stepped out of the washroom adjacent to the venue of the book release, he asked in an agitated voice, “Who are you people?”
The three journalists who were waiting to enter presented their credentials to Rishi, who walked off muttering, “Muft ki daru (Free drinks).”
His personal security arrived and asked the three journalists to accompany them out of the hall and to the lobby area of the hotel. The security said, “Mr Kapoor doesn’t want you guys here, please leave.”
A representative of the publisher, who had arrived at the spot, requested that Rishi’s personal security staff be spoken to.
The security in-charge resisted saying, “You know how Rishi Kapoor is. He has created a scene at our hotel twice in the past.”
The publicist from Harper Collins apologised while also adding that there are a lot of other stakeholders in such events that involve celebrities. “Please come in, grab a drink or two,” he said 20 minutes after the event had begun. However, the correspondent who reported this story chose to leave.
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