Sushma Swaraj Helps Orlando Bloom Fly Back To Delhi After Being Deported From India
British actor Orlando Bloom applied for an Indian Visa on November 30. He never knew that his Visa was rejected. When he landed New Delhi from London on Saturday the 19th by the 1.30 am British Airways flight, according to the protocol Bloom was deported back to the UK by the 4 am British Airways flight.
“Orlando requested the officer to allow him some time to sort out the issue since he also had a stomach bug. The doctor on duty was summoned to attend to him but soon after, he was asked to leave. The officers also threatened that the flight wouldn’t leave unless he was on it,” said Sheetal Talwar, who has recently produced the British film Romans, a drama on childhood sexual abuse which stars Bloom.
The 38-year-old actor was invited to the country as a state guest to promote tourism, at the invitation of Uttar Pradesh CM, Akhilesh Yadav. He was to visit the Taj Mahal along with Talwar and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, who was looking forward to hosting the actor for dinner with his family.
Amar Singh asked Sushma Swaraj to intervene in this matter, Sushma Swaraj intervened and a fresh visa was issued in London in the next few hours. He will be flying back to Delhi.
Singh clarified that he isn’t criticising the government and its policy for prompt action, but he wasn’t happy about the manner in which it happened. “The officer in charge of immigration, a certain Mr Prabhakar, was extremely rude to Orlando who was actually unwell but he didn’t pay any heed to that,” Singh added, while thanking Swaraj for her intervention.
Vikas Swarup, official spokesperson and joint secretary of the ministry of external affairs, said:
“When one applies for an electronic visa, one receives a mail saying whether the visa has been issued or rejected. I think he must have landed without the confirmation email or forgotten to check whether the visa has been granted or not. It takes a minimum of 72 hours and a maximum of four days for the visa to be processed, at the end of which, your visa is accepted or rejected. The traveller is supposed to carry it along to produce to the immigration officer for scanning.”
Swarup also confirmed that it’s not possible that the actor wasn’t intimated about his visa rejection. “This is international practice, if you arrive in a country without a visa, you are deported. What would happen if tomorrow Shah Rukh Khan landed in America without a visa? They would just tell him that you have violated our rules, you have to go back.”
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