A journalist has revealed the ordeal he faced while travelling in war torn Syria, and how most times it was Bollywood and its stars that have come to his rescue, though not quite literally. Syria has been in turmoil for a long time and despite having good roads, reaching one’s destination can take forever as many of the areas that have been liberated are intensely monitored.Also Read - Aishwarya Rai Cannes: The Bollywood Diva Flaunts Her Black Gown With 3D Flowers Like A Boss At Cannes Film Festival 2022 - Watch Video
According to DNA, a reporter visiting Syria revealed that if you are in trouble and all else fails, even your local contacts, invoking Bollywood and its stars might just help get you out of a tight situation. Also Read - Pooja Hegde is a Sight to Behold in Dreamy White Feather Gown, Makes Stellar Debut at Cannes 2022 Red Carpet | See Photos
“What saves you is Bollywood. Syrians are pretty much aware of Bollywood. Bollywood has done much good for Indians abroad. Being Indian in Syria is not a bad thing. Provided you are moving in areas dominated or recaptured by the Syrian army,” he wrote. Also Read - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Makes a Statement With Hot Pink Valentino Suit Worth Rs 4 Lac - First Look From Cannes 2022
The journalist also revealed that whenever his car was stopped at a check-post, he would have to identify himself and whenever he said he was an Indian, the questions about Bollywood stars would begin. And most of the time the questions would revolve around Shah Rukh Khan, with 90 per cent of the soldiers saying, “Give my regards to Shah Rukh Khan or we love Shah Rukh Khan.”
The names of Katrina Kaif, Karisma Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan also came up during the conversations, and some even asked him to convey their regards to Shah Rukh Khan and Karishma Kapoor.
“Many asked me about Amitabh Bachchan’s son. His name. His equation with Aishwarya Rai. I used my encyclopedic knowledge of Stardust, Gladrags and Filmfare to the best effect. For those moments I felt that I owed Bollywood,” the journalist revealed.
He went on to say that invoking the names of the celebrities often helped break the ice with army personnel, which is a classic case of soft power doing better than hard power.
More power to Bollywood!