Bipasha, Arshad suffer racism in UK

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London, Nov 25 (UNI) Bollywood actors Bipasha Basu and Arshad Warsi today alleged that they suffered ''racial abuse'' in the UK while shooting for the Vivek Agnihotri - directed 'Goal', which released this Friday.

Protagonist of the movie John Abraham said, ''When you're coming to London and shooting here, that's the last thing you expect.

We were shooting a scene outdoors and a car stopped by. Two guys started rapping expletives talking about brown skin and black skin and just zoomed off.'' Bipasha and Arshad were stunned. Bipasha said, ''John, it's 2007 and these things shouldn't be happening.'' However, Abraham told BBC Asian Network that young Asians should remain calm in such matters. He said, ''The only way to excel is not through rebellion or extremism, but through education. It's a long, painful process, but someone has to do it.'' ''You can't generalise and say everyone is racist, because we met some wonderful people in the UK,'' he added.

Arshad Warsi also spoke in another interview about the experience Bipasha and he had in Southall. He said, ''I was shocked. A car stopped with a couple of white guys. They just lashed out at us.

For me it was an alien thing. It was like, do people actually think like that?'' The actors had been recording a scene near Glassy Junction, an Indian themed pub. The area saw racial violence in the sixties and seventies, but community leaders say such incidents are now rare.

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