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Qatar residents gather in droves to see Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor

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All photos by Chantelle D’mello

Thousands of crazed fans gathered at the D-Ring Road Lulu Hypermarket in Qatar yesterday to catch a glimpse of film star Kareena Kapoor, one of Bollywood’s most familiar faces.

The actress made her first visit to Doha last night to attend the inauguration of one of the largest Indian jewelry franchises, opening the sixth Qatar branch of Malabar Gold and Diamonds.

Kapoor is one of the brand’s newest ambassadors, and comes from a country where film stars are often put on a pedestal by their subcontinental fans, many of whom live in extreme poverty.

Analysts say that the $4.5 billion film industry has diversified its movie offerings in recent years, but still nets the majority of its profits from peddling fantastical and escapist cinema full of action, grandeur, and colorful musicals.

For those in the diaspora – including many of Qatar’s 700,000 Indian expats, the Gulf country’s largest demographic group – Bollywood serves as a tether to their homeland, acting as a sort of “binding element” to their native culture and traditions, according to one film house executive.

Cheering and screaming

Kareena Kapoor visit
Kareena Kapoor visit
Last night, crowds of people screamed and jostled each other in excitement near the makeshift stage in the hypermarket’s parking lot as the actress arrived.

Fans, some of whom had lined up almost six hours prior to the actress’s arrival, waved printed pictures of Kapoor and brandished autograph notebooks as she sang, danced and took pictures with the crowd.

“Thank you for all the love that you’ve shown me. It means a lot. I didn’t expect such a huge turnout…I won’t forget this,” Kapoor said in English.

Several dignitaries, including the Indian Ambassador to Qatar and his wife, also attended the opening, speaking to the actress after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The visit comes several days after Kapoor’s well-attended visit to open another branch in Abu Dhabi.

The occasion also marked the first sales of several of the brand’s collections, most of which feature handcrafted gold, diamonds, and other precious stones.

Did you catch a glimpse of Kapoor? Thoughts?

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MrJames
MrJames
6 years ago

‘Breaking news from Doha’

The rest of the world must literally be on the edge of their seats.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Has Doha News become Indian news? I know Indians are the largest expat population but it’s getting a bit much. No wonder Qatar is making steps to reduce the Indian population and release the stranglehold on Qatar.

Enceladus
Enceladus
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

For once and without wishing to set a precedent I would agree that this is actually news for Doha population (or at least to an immense majority of them). As a matter of fact I believe we agree Doha is just another Indian city and Qatar and Indian province so considering how popular this lady seems to be doesn’t seem wrong they publish it as news. I am quite sure the Indian subcontinent community didn’t care at all when that Ed Sheeran held a concert in Qatar couple of months back. On the other hand… Qatar reducing Indian population? Indeed “stranglehold” is the right word but, you base your statement in any fact? Because I think it’s getting worse ..

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  Enceladus

grow up guys…!!!

Enceladus
Enceladus
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Well argued!

waqas
waqas
6 years ago
Reply to  Enceladus

Very well argued I would say. You do need to grow up, out of your prejudices.

You say as if these indians are a crime Mafia. They leave their home to earn a decent living, and contribute to the economy and much needed human capital of the country.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  waqas

Have you never met the Kerala Mafia?

zeit
zeit
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Harmless simple people compared to the lebanese mafia.

Enceladus
Enceladus
6 years ago
Reply to  waqas

I don’t say. You interpret. It’s a different story. I didn’t say anything about a Mafia but the the fact that they are everywhere here. I don’t see that as a prejudice but as a fact so perhaps it’s your perception which is altered. Yes. They do. Like the rest of us. Or your are here because you like the landscape and the summertime? Unless you are a local of course, which I doubt. My prejudices though, if I had them, are my personal choice and never based on just a caprice but on personal experiences. You can say I need to grow up. I tell you that I am living abroad long enough to perfectly understand the meaning of the word “integration”.

jayzee
jayzee
6 years ago
Reply to  Enceladus

“Doha is an Indian city”- LOL.

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Just wondering if it was you with your head covered who was going about in the car park trying to get to the front of the crowd to get a closer look at the Bollywood star. Perhaps you were just jealous that you could not get close enough to admire what the rest of the crowd had been waiting patiently for

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  johnny wang

No met her last night, that is why she looked a bit tired today….

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Now go there tomorrow evening and lets see how many people will turn up to have a look at you. Try standing on your feet or your head to get some extra attention or just do what is comfortable with you and then post a picture here of the crowd that was there to admire and stare at you

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  johnny wang

I’m afraid the police might take him to mental hospital or admit him.

Simon
Simon
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Yes, you did say earlier that you’d be meeting her after her gig. Seems that your meet went well. Good on yah!!

What d’you do? Golf Club drink then a Baskin Robbins on the way home? (i.e. ‘the usual’).

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Simon

Champions for happy hour, then golf club, then a take away from star of India (her choice) then back to mine

zeit
zeit
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

So yesterday you were crying Indians arent getting visas. Today you’re crying DN is an Indian news paper. Times have changed indeed.

terracotta
terracotta
6 years ago

who cares for these marketing news

Michkey
Michkey
6 years ago

Pretty faces always make the top news! DN is keeping balance! One week there’re awesome stories and the next week it’s gobshite!!

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Michkey

Deleted for being a troll.

guest
guest
6 years ago

How #Pathetic and shameful to classify fans as blue/white collared…come on! !!

DesertLily2015
DesertLily2015
6 years ago

“mostly blue-collar workers” – this is the problem with discrimination in this world! They are human beings who, like all of us, didn’t choose their lot in life, we were born into it. Your Ed Sheeran coverage didn’t say “mostly white collar workers.” Self censorship with language would go a long way to help our issues in this world!!

waqas
waqas
6 years ago
Reply to  DesertLily2015

It’s not even censorship. It’s called being sensible.
What has the economic makeup of the crowd got to do with the mews coverage

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
6 years ago
Reply to  waqas

It would have been even better to report what the crowd’s average IQ was, but that information is not easy to come by

Jodaki
Jodaki
6 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

Surely this racist comment should be removed administrator? As should the suggestively sexist comments made by that MIMH guy about sleeping with Kareen Kapoor

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
6 years ago
Reply to  Jodaki

Surely this is racist in comparison to the “Lebanese mafia” comment. Speaking of races, I never knew that there was a race called “the crowd”.

Simon
Simon
6 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

Excellent! That’s a real chuckler – thank you!

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

Deleted for being offensive.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Such a high profile figure you should step down for this mistake.. I would proudly step up and take your place.. And shut this website down…

Jokes aside I don’t like a single bit but believe you were robbed of a position in most influential arab individuals …

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  waqas

It wasn’t our intention to be racist with that sentence, but can see how it would be offensive. Have changed it now.

DesertLily2015
DesertLily2015
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Thank you, Shabina! You do a great job out here. You should have a pay raise for dealing with some of these people.

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
6 years ago

Kareena who? BTW, Is it part of Indian culture to open the car/pickup door while waiting for the green light and expectorate on the asphalt? It seems that hundreds of thousands of Doha residents do that, they don’t look Qatari or Western, so most likely they hail from the subcontinent (not a racist comment, just based on population statistics)

waqas
waqas
6 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

Much relevant to the article.

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
6 years ago
Reply to  waqas

The topic is “Indian culture”. I was wondering if what I’ve described in my previous post is a “…tether to their homeland, acting as a sort of “binding element” to their native culture and traditions…”

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

If you had bothered to google Kareena Kapoor, you might have discovered a little more than ‘Kareena who’. I don’t think you have a quarter million people following you on Twitter somehow. As for the spitting, show me a culture (including mine) that does not have some bad habit. She’s a superstar back home and for the boys and girls who saw her in the flesh, I can assure you it would have been a great experience!

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
6 years ago
Reply to  SokhnaFan2010

Spent some time on Google and now can say that I much prefer Shipla Shetty over Kareena Kapoor. Bollywood rocks, spitting from the car doesn’t.

Guest
Guest
6 years ago

If you had bothered to google Kareena Kapoor, you might have discovered a little more than ‘Kareena who’. I don’t think you have a quarter million people following you somehow. As for the spitting, show me a culture (including mine) that does not have some bad habit. She’s a superstar back home and for the boys and girls who saw her in the flesh, I can assure you it would have been a great experience.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago

Why people do not understand the simple fact. Do you even know the reason why she came. She is the brand ambassador of malabar gold. So definitely for inauguration they would invite her. Else have you ever heard of any bollywood celebrity coming to qatar for any show. Very very rare or once in a blue moon. The last I remember was in 90s when shahrukh camE. They would prefer dubai due to lifestyle than qatar.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago

She did not come for any of her 1000 fans. She got paid heavily for coming just for the inauguration. Look at the jewellery she is wearing. It’s all gifted free by malabar gold. The fans are just fool to follow dumb celebrities.

Expat77
Expat77
6 years ago

DN seems to have only few Expat categories.. Girls, Mothers and Blue collar workers!!!. Cataract and Myopia together!
Anyways how come a private business Inauguration become a To Do list for Doha weekends?
Hope DN publish the White collar To-Do list for next weekend!

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat77

There is only one item on the white-collar To-Do list every weekend: Go to Dubai.

Simon
Simon
6 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

Another chuckle! I’m glad you’re here!

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat77

Deleting for being a troll.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

Much fun… Expat on expat hate

Simon
Simon
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Yet more chuckles. Thank you one and all – I’m off to bed shortly, if I can stop laughing! Some of these phrases are choice! Do appreciate.

– expat on expat hate

– only one item on the white-collar To-Do list every weekend: Go to Dubai.

– I never knew that there was a race called “the crowd”.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago

Closing this thread now!

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