Arshad Warsi told the BBC Asian Network of the incident: “I was shocked. I’m not used to this sort of thing.”
“A car stopped with a couple of white guys. They just lashed out at us and totally gave us their point of view.
“It’s the first time I’ve experienced this.”
Race related hatred is said to be a thing of the past in Southall area (where te film was shot) but these types of incidences, though rare, do raise concern.
It may be recalled that 31-year-old Shilpa Shetty became the target of racial abuse in January when she was taunted on reality TV show Big Brother by fellow contestant Jade Goody, who had called her cooking “untrustworthy”, mocked her Indian accent and complained about her “screeching”.
The controversy had even spilled into politics, prompting the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair to condemn racism.
Just a few days ago, we reported about London Mayor proposing that Bollywood should move to the London Olympic site because it’s infrastructure is suitable for entertainment purposes… but they should keep in mind that keeping a tab on racial abuse is as important as other amenities for Bollywood to even consider moving over there.