Nov 28, 2008

Bollywood's stars speak terrorism

Bollywood speak!

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 herdaughters, to Bipasha Basu, who narrowly missed the Vile Parle blast,this terror strike has shaken them all.

Shveta 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', aren't they? The army, thecommandos who are right now battling to save Mumbai are not all 'MarathiManoos', are they? I wonder why they should risk their lives for us!

Hema Malini:

I think the Mumbai police rose to the occasion. It is verysad that we lost some brave officers. Hats off to the army for rescuingpeople. It's really sad that Mumbai has become so unsafe. I wait with myheart in my mouth until Esha and Ahana are home. We desperately needmore security.Raveena Tandon: We were in a restaurant in south Mumbai having dinnerwith friends when we started getting calls to leave immediately. Westill 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 reachedsafely. It's time for the corrupt politicians to wake up. Stop thinkingof your vote banks and think of what's happening to the country.

Bipasha Basu:

It's shocking and scary. We're going through a verydisturbing and inhuman phase. On Wednesday night, I travelled on thehighway two minutes after the Vile Parle blast. There was mayhem on theroads. John's (John Abraham) aunt, who works at the Taj (Taj MahalPalace and Tower Hotels), reached home at 7 a.m. Thursday. I wonderwhere and when it will end.

Vishal Bhardwaj:

My "Kaminey" unit was lucky. We were shooting a minute's distance away from the Taj and Oberoi hotels. We had to quicklygather our stuff and flee.Shabana Azmi: I was on the phone with a friend in London when she askedme to switch on the TV. It's a diabolic war waged on our city andcountry. This isn't the time to place blame. We need to maintain peaceand communal harmony and cooperate with the police. Our condolences topolice officers who sacrificed their lives. Terrorism should be struckdown with an iron hand.

Shilpa Shetty:

I had an early morning shoot Thursday so I went to sleepearly. I had no clue about what happened in my city until someone calledfrom London to ask if I was alright. That's when I switched on the TVand quickly made calls to friends who live in town. It makes me sad and angry that Mumbai residents are soft targets forsuch attacks. It's an unsettling feeling, especially since we seem notequipped to deal with it. This is an open war against humanity.Arshad Warsi: I was on my way back from Panchgani Wednesday night. Theexplosion at Vile Parle happened 15-20 minutes after I passed by thatarea. I trust the police and army. They'll sort it out. Nothing can stopMumbai residents from getting back to normal. But we need to exercisemore caution.

Iqbal Khan:

Mujahideen is such a sure and strong word. I'm sure theydon't even know the meaning.Celina Jaitley: I was at the Four Seasons hotel in Worli when theattacks happened. Till 3 a.m. Thursday we remained close to the exitsand then we went up to our rooms. I got calls from friends and mysecurity head to stay put. Is this really happening to our wonderfulcity?

Sammir Dattani:

Five friends and I had a table booked at the Oberoihotel for dinner. We were just a stone's throw away from the hotel whenI changed my mind because I had an early morning flight. That's when weheard a loud explosion in the hotel. Before we could react, all hellbroke loose. We quickly drove off.