American musician Kate Perry came, partied with Karan Johar and his friends and left breezing by the shocked security officer at the Mumbai international passport without showing her passport.
This blatant disregard for rules comes naturally to our visitors from abroad who are given unnecessary attention.
Who is Kate Perry and why were our Bollywood A-listers seen lining up at Karan Johar’s party to have a word with her? How many Indians have heard Kate Perry? For that matter, how many of Karan Johar’s VIP guests are into the artistic output of Shrimati Perry?
I Perry much doubt any of them has been following her career. Why is it that we go weak in the knees the minute we see an American, preferably Caucasian, entertainer honouring us with a visit? The kind of attention they get is just not commensurate with their talent. This hyper-adulation makes them feel they have the right to disregard rules and protocols. Hence Our Hoor ki Perry decided she doesn’t need to show her passport at the airport entry, like all of us poor plebeians. Her face is her passport. And never mind if most of us in India wouldn’t recognize her even if she printed her name on the front of her teeshirt.
Before Ms. Perry, the American entertainer who abused our hospitality was Justin Bieber who flew off in his private jet without properly concluding his Mumbai concert although he was committed to attend a party at the Ambanis afterward.
Why bother with protocol when you can exchange your good manners with arrogance and get away with it? After all, we Indians have known years of colonial servility. The minute we see agora VIP we go weak in the knees and fall to the ground as if Neil Armstrong just landed on the moon.
Rather than go ga-ga over Kate Perry why not learn to respect our own music and culture? There is more dum and josh in one line of Lata Mangeshkar’s singing than the entire body of Kate Perry Work.
But then, as Perryji would sing, This Is How We Do.