Traffic troubles, disappointed fans as Salman Khan visits city
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It was supposed to be an opportunity to mix with their favourite Bollywood icon, but 'Dabang' star Salman Khan's fleeting visit to the city caused chaos and left many of his fans, waiting patiently at Silver Arc mall, disappointed.
A harried Salman spent only around five minutes at the mall, where he had come to formally inaugurate a fashion apparel store that belongs to his NGO 'Being Human' — which works for child welfare. He cold-shouldered the media and thousands of fans waiting outside the venue; while his visit led to complete chaos in the city. Police had a tough time managing the crowd, ensuring security for the star and battling traffic jams at the Bhai Wala Chowk.
Salman landed the Sahnewal airport in a chartered flight and was escorted to the mall by Ajay Nayyar, MD, Silver Arc Mall and advocate Harpreet Sandhu.
When Khan finally arrived, he was taken straight to the showroom with the thousands of people not even getting a glimpse of him and those standing on the upper floors of the mall, not even managing to get a smile or a wave from their 'favorite hero.'
"He was cold. His interest in the public and his fans is just to promote his brand. Being a brand ambassador, had he smiled or waved, it would have ultimately benefited him and his store," said Shaleen, a fan who waited outside the store for over two hours.
There was more misery for Salman's faithful outside the mall as hundreds of police officials and women commandos on bikes preventing many of them from entering the mall. Many of them, particularly women, were seen arguing with police officials.
On the other hand, some customers who came to collect their goods and orders from shops in the mall were a harried lot. They too were seen trying to convince police officials but in vain. "I placed an order at a coffee shop in mall and when I called they said there was no problem regarding entry. But now they are not allowing me to enter to collect my order," said Supriya, a city resident.
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