Remember the time when we considered celebrities as normal people like you and me and not epitomes of evolved beings that need to be worshipped on every minuscule achievement they accomplish?
Yeah, me neither.
Our obsession with Bollywood celebrities transcends logic and reason, to the extent that we can no longer even question the practice, because it’s become an accepted thing to do! While a lot of celebrities use this kind of influence to speak out against sexism, gender equality, and road safety, there are certain others that really need to make more of a conscious effort to toe the line between right and wrong. More so, because they’re in the harsh glare of the spotlight, even when they aren’t in front of the screen.
One such example of irresponsible behaviour came to light when Varun Dhawan was spotted trying to take a selfie with a fan in the middle of the road, at a traffic signal, hanging out of his car window, while the fan leaned out of her autorickshaw. Yep, that’s how crazy it was, and clearly, the Mumbai Police agreed on the same!
.@Varun_dvn 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! An E-Challan is on d way 2 ur home. Next time, V will B harsher pic.twitter.com/YmdytxspGY
While Twitter (as usual) split up into groups of “what the hell?” and “Good job, Mumbai Police!”, Varun Dhawan took the opportunity to apologise for his reckless behaviour.
My apologies 🙏 Our cars weren’t moving since we were at a traffic signal and I didn’t want to hurt the sentiment of a fan but next time I’ll keep safety in mind and won’t encourage this. https://t.co/MEJk56EksG
Normally, an apology such as this would be duly accepted and we could all go home with an ‘oh well, that’s that!’. But a tweet from the Mumbai Police followed Varun’s apology, and the resulting burn was pretty harsh!
Quite a galactic coincidence for the photographer to be on the same signal to capture your gesture, in a good intent nevertheless risky. Leaning out even in a stationary vehicle can be distracting for others considering your popularity. Glad you took our message in d right spirit https://t.co/jKqosfH6V3
Are you serious!! How is clicking a selfie in the middle of “Traffic” where vehicles are stationary a crime!? And I am sure he’s not the only actor who has done this! People like you and me too would do that with a star atleast whom we like! He didn’t do it in a moving car!