Angry Arjun Rampal Storms to Delhi to Save His Night Club

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Angry Arjun Rampal Storms to Delhi to Save His Night Club


Mumbai, Jan. 7 -- Arjun Rampal's posh nightclub LAP in Delhi is threatened with closure. With the current national chant of safety-for-women hitting the Capital's night spots the hardest, Arjun's elite club finds itself in a corner.

With closure-time considerably reduced, the actor-entrepreneur is now flying to Delhi to meet the relevant ministers to sort out the matter.

Sounding deeply frazzled Arjun says, "We've been badly hit. I'm not going to pretend about that. We've been asked to shut the club very early each night. So basically when our regular visitors are ready to visit our club we've to shut down. Even on New Year's Eve we were asked to close the club at 1.30 pm. It's ridiculous."

Arjun feels it's time for a serious pow-wow with the powers-that-be in the Capital. "I'm flying down to Delhi for discussions with the relevant Ministries and ministers. I want to convince them that night clubs are not a den of vice. They are certainly not responsible for the rapes on the streets. Are they suggesting that the people who visit LAP go out and violate women? We run a club for members only. Our clientele is composed of top models, writers, entrepreneurs, sports persons and actors. I can assure the Delhi government none of them has rape or crime on his mind."

Arjun admits the drinks can go to the club members' heads. "We are aware that some of our visitors may overdo it. But we have an arrangement for our club members who may not be in a condition to drive themselves back home. We have valet drivers for every drunken driver. In fact there are two people for every inebriated club member. One of them drives the client's car while the other follows the car on a mo bike. Then they both ride back to the club. Which club in India provides such provisions to ensure safety on the roads?"

Arjun is worried about the night-club business in India coming to a grinding halt because of misguided moral policing. …

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