Getting the hump with Ramp, 12.5.06

Bollywood heartthrob Arjun Rampal left thousands of fans disappointed after he failed to appear on stage at this year’s Heat concert.

Disgruntled fans at Birmingham’s NEC on May 1 were left feeling angry after they claimed that no warning or explanation was given on the night that Arjun did not attend.

He was scheduled to perform at Heat with Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen, Saif Ali Khan and Celina Jaitley. All of whom attended.

Ravinder Harrish, of Walsall, went especially to see her favourite actor, Arjun.

The 24-year-old told Eastern Eye: “This is the first time I had gone and I especially went to see Arjun Rampal but he was not there.

“They could have had a sign up while people were buying tickets. We did not know until we sat down that he was not going to be performing.

“I was really annoyed and I won’t be going again.”

Jaz Sahota, 26, of Birmingham, said: “The hall was half empty and the tickets were a rip-off costing between £55 and £100.

“After the first act, a man came on stage and said unfortunately, Arjun will not be here and he just walked off the stage and gave no explanation. “It is quite disgraceful as they should have put a board as we had bought tickets from the box office.

“The next day we heard he did not get a visa from America to come to the UK. I was really upset and they also wrapped up early and the last act was rushed.

“It was really not worth the money. The whole event was a joke, as Saif had to have his appendix out three weeks before. It was just madness.”

It is still unclear as to why Arjun did not turn up. EE tried to contact the organiser, Safder Hussain of Euro Catering, who were sponsoring the event. But were told Mr Hussain was away in America.

Farhath Hussain, top promoter of Bollywood live events, who did not organise this event but has arranged about 500, told EE: “The organisers stopped announcing his name 10 days before the event but his picture was still on the posters.”

Kishore Pandya, owner of Anand Pan Centre ticket agency, claimed he had no idea why Arjun failed to turn up. But he said more than 3,000 tickets were sold for a Heat event in London.

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