Actor Rishi Kapoor, known for courting controversies, is once again in news after he allegedly accused journalists in Delhi of attending his event to consume free alcohol.
A news report by IANS said that the actor had objected to the presence of journalists at the launch on Thursday evening of a book on his late father, the legendary Raj Kapoor even though they were invited by the publisher.
Kapoor reportedly lost his cool when he spotted three journalists about to walk in to the toilet he was stepping out of. An angry Kapoor asked the journalists, “aap log kaun hain (Who are you?).”
When they presented their credentials, he walked off, while muttering “muft ki daru…”. His personal security arrived and asked the three journalists to accompany them out of the hall and to the lobby area of the hotel.
“Mr Kapoor doesn’t want you guys here, please leave,” they were reported told by Kapoor’s security personnel.
A representative of the publisher, who had arrived at the spot, requested that Kapoor’s personal security staff be spoken to.
The ITC Maurya 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 HarperCollins 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.
This correspondent, however, chose to leave.