It’s not every day that you see one of Bollywood’s most profound actors visiting the streets of Leicester, but this weekend saw Keith Vaz trying to boost the Labour party’s votes by bringing Sanjay Dutt to Belgrave Road. I just so happened to be passing by Doncaster Road where I was planning to get a few savouries from Raj Bombay, when I was met by a crowd of Indian families all lining up against the road.
I asked a friend who worked in the shop what was happening and was shocked to hear that Sanjay Dutt will be visiting with Keith Vaz. Now personally I’m not a very big Bollywood fan nor do I know many actors but from my youth I do remember this man.
Keith Vaz had planned to start his tour from Uppingham Road and continue through the Belgrave Area. After hitting the usual hustle and bustle on Belgrave Road, he finally turned into Doncaster Road. The police increased their presence on the road and ‘Road closed’ signs were popping up on side streets. The sound of dhols playing could be heard in the distance and within minutes the white Royals Royce Phantom with Keith Vaz and Sanjay Dutt, accompanied by Raj Kundra (the husband of Shilpa Shetty), was instantly surrounded by die hard Bollywood fans, wanting to get a glimpse of one of Bollywood’s most famous actors of the 90s.
After a few brief words by Keith Vaz on the Labour party and invited everyone to visit him with the stars at Feast India Restaurant on Melton Road that evening, they made their slow exit down Doncaster Road. It lasted all of 10 minutes, but it will have lasted much longer in the minds of the constituents. Would bringing a Bollywood Superstar to his Constituents help him maintain his seat and keep Labour in power in the area? In my eyes this was an intelligent campaign tactic by Mr Vaz and he might just have got an advantage.