The members of the media was caught in tiff with a Bollywood royalty. There are reports that they were shoved, pushed and even slapped during the Kapoor family’s Ganesh visarjan in Chembur, Mumbai, on Thursday.
Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor lost their cool and misbehaved with mediapersons and even slapped some. The visarjan procession started around 1.30 pm and Rishi, Randhir and Ranbir Kapoor were seen walking for almost four kms to immerse the idol.
An eyewitness says the long walk caused absolute mayhem with people thronging and climbing over barricades to catch a glimpse of the stars.
To make matters worse, there were other people out with Ganpati idols on road for visarjan. Owing to the presence of the celebs, a big crowd had gathered.
All hell broke loose when Ranbir started playing the cymbals. It was a shot that media personnel tried to capture and Rishi Kapoor reportedly got angry.
He is believed to have turned around and allegedly slapped a cameraman. It is also alleged that Rishi slapped a reporter as well.
In a few video clippings that have now gone viral, Rishi and Randhir are seen pushing and shoving people. As can be seen from one of the clips, Randhir lost his cool when a reporter approached him for a byte.
In yet another instance, a senior journalist of a Hindi news channel was pushed away from the car of the actors. It’s not quite clear who pushed the scribe away – the actors or their bodyguards.
“There was no reason for Rishi or Randhir to turn angry and violent. All that the media was trying to do was cover the event,” a source said.
Later Rishi said, “I feel it is very unfair, what the news channels have shared everywhere. First of all we have no PR. We never invite anybody. You yourself come to my Ganpati. However, we give ample time to the press to do all what you have to do, in front of the Ganpati murthy. We do this Ganpati not for publicity but have been doing it for the past 64 yrs. My grandfather started this tradition. There have always been thousands and thousands of people coming to see this Ganpati of RK. They came to see Ganpati, not us.
“When the Ganpati leaves RK studio, everybody is excited. However, this evening there was heavy rainfall. There were so many people and so much media. We have not called them…. It is impossible when there is so much rain and public (to not lose your temper). When we are respecting God, these small time journalists poke the damn camera on your face. Because Ranbir was also there everybody got so excited. I don’t blame them, but they misbehaved with me. If I have indeed slapped them why don’t you show the clip of me slapping? I was behaving like the Mumbai police, trying to monitor the situation. They have misinterpreted it that I misbehaved with the media! You come because you know we are important and you are giving me bull** saying that I have hit you? They say Ranbir hit them, Ranbir would not hit a fly, how would he hit them?”