Strike terrorism with iron
hand, Bollywood stars tell politicians
By Subhash K. Jha
Nov 28 (IANS) Wake up and strike terrorism with an iron hand,
say Bollywood's stars shocked by the brazen terror attack
that targeted Mumbai's poshest areas. From Hema Malini, who
worries about her daughters, to Bipasha Basu, who narrowly
missed the Vile Parle blast, this terror strike has shaken
Salve: Please send me Raj Thackeray's number, if you can find
it. I don't know where he is when we need him. We want him
to go and save 'Amchi Mumbai' along with his MNS (Maharashtra
Navnirman Sena) men. After all they are the 'sons of the soil',
The army, the commandos who are right now battling to save
Mumbai are not all 'Marathi Manoos', are they? I wonder why
they should risk their lives for us!
Malini: I think the Mumbai police rose to the occasion. It
is very sad that we lost some brave officers. Hats off to
the army for rescuing people. It's really sad that Mumbai
has become so unsafe. I wait with my heart in my mouth until
Esha and Ahana are home. We desperately need more security.
Tandon: We were in a restaurant in south Mumbai having dinner
with friends when we started getting calls to leave immediately.
We still waited. But then a policeman called and advised us
to go home. We headed home in groups and stayed on the phone
till each of us reached safely. It's time for the corrupt
politicians to wake up. Stop thinking of your vote banks and
think of what's happening to the country.
Basu: It's shocking and scary. We're going through a very
disturbing and inhuman phase. On Wednesday night, I travelled
on the highway two minutes after the Vile Parle blast. There
was mayhem on the roads. John's (John Abraham) aunt, who works
at the Taj (Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotels), reached home
at 7 a.m. Thursday. I wonder where and when it will end.
Bhardwaj: My "Kaminey" unit was lucky. We were shooting
a minute's distance away from the Taj and Oberoi hotels. We
had to quickly gather our stuff and flee.
Azmi: I was on the phone with a friend in London when she
asked me to switch on the TV. It's a diabolic war waged on
our city and country. This isn't the time to place blame.
We need to maintain peace and communal harmony and cooperate
with the police. Our condolences to police officers who sacrificed
their lives. Terrorism should be struck down with an iron
Shetty: I had an early morning shoot Thursday so I went to
sleep early. I had no clue about what happened in my city
until someone called from London to ask if I was alright.
That's when I switched on the TV and quickly made calls to
friends who live in town.
makes me sad and angry that Mumbai residents are soft targets
for such attacks. It's an unsettling feeling, especially since
we seem not equipped to deal with it. This is an open war
Warsi: I was on my way back from Panchgani Wednesday night.
The explosion at Vile Parle happened 15-20 minutes after I
passed by that area. I trust the police and army.
sort it out. Nothing can stop Mumbai residents from getting
back to normal. But we need to exercise more caution.
Khan: Mujahideen is such a sure and strong word. I'm sure
they don't even know the meaning.
Jaitley: I was at the Four Seasons hotel in Worli when the
attacks happened. Till 3 a.m. Thursday we remained close to
the exits and then we went up to our rooms. I got calls from
friends and my security head to stay put. Is this really happening
to our wonderful city?
Dattani: Five friends and I had a table booked at the Oberoi
hotel for dinner. We were just a stone's throw away from the
hotel when I changed my mind because I had an early morning
flight. That's when we heard a loud explosion in the hotel.
Before we could react, all hell broke loose. We quickly drove