‘Pirates of the Caribbean star, Orlando Bloom, would have cursed at his stupidity after he realised the gravity of his oversight. Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, had invited the Hollywood actor to promote tourism in the notorious State, but what followed after his arrival could be termed as a comedy of errors. To start with, he arrived without visa.
So Orlando Bloom was sent back to UK while his e-visa was being validated before he returned for the publicity of Taj Mahal. He was packed off only three hours after touching down. Apparently, his e-visa, for which he had reportedly applied in November, had not been cleared. Not really his fault…
‘Atithi devo bhava may not strictly apply here, but the essence should have been practiced by India’s insensitive and obstinate immigration officials. UP politician Amar Singh revealed that Orlando was not even allowed to take a seat after he complained of feeling ill. His request for a doctor was turned down.
In fact, the crass attitude of the officials reflected in their ridiculous take on the Lord of the Rings actor: he is an actor, so he is doing drama!
They even refused him a 72-hour temporary landing permit that would have allowed him to visit Agra and saved him the inconvenience of returning back from the Heathrow airport on the same day, something that most Hollywood actors wouldn’t even imagine doing. A humble bloom agreed to fly back on the same day.
It was only after the intervention of foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, that Bloom could finally make a whirlwind tour of Taj Mahal in Agra, with Amar Singh in tow.
Rules must be followed, but goodness must take precedence over it.