Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor may have given a miss to his son Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif organized Kapoor family dinner date but he was seen spearheading a morcha against the BMC's proposed hawking zones in Mumbai’s posh Pali Hill area in Bandra, where many film stars reside.
According to reports Pali Hill Residents, led by actor Rishi Kapoor, hit the streets on Sunday to protest the civic body's move after a hawking zone has been demarcate right outside Rishi Kapoor’s bungalow as per the Mumbai’s new Development Plan (DP).
Joining the morcha were eminent Bollywood celebrities like famed villain Prem Chopra, fashion designer Manish Malhotra, composer-singer Vishal Dadlani, filmmaker Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra and actor Emraan Hashmi etc.
Interestingly Ranbir Kapoor too, a resident of Pali Hill avoided joining the morcha at the behest of his mother, Netu Singh as she feared it would rob the limelight from the grave issue. Nevertheless, Madhu Poplai, secretary of the Pali Hill Residents Association, informed, “Ranbir has extended his full support as he feels passionately about the area, where he was born and brought up.”
Briefing the media Rishi Kapoor said, “I am not against hawkers, but feel that they should not be brought into a residential zone. They should be restricted to a commercial area like it is done in most of the South Asian countries like Singapore and Thailand, where they have specially demarcated hawking zones.”