The Hollywood movie star was ordered out of the country shortly after arriving when it became clear that his e-visa application had been rejected.
Celebrity has its perks, but it appears that special treatment at border control is not one of them. Film star and international celebrity Orlando Bloom was turned away from India upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). The actor was denied entry and ordered to leave India when it was discovered that his electronic visa application had been rejected.
The star of The Hobbit movies had been invited to India by government officials to help promote tourism.
The actor, who arrived at DEL on a British Airways flight from London Heathrow Airport (LHR), was denied a temporary landing permit which would have allowed him time to sort his visa issues. Bloom was instead deported from the country on a flight returning to LHR. British Airways officials were reportedly satisfied that Bloom’s e-visa application would be approved on landing and allowed him to make the trip, but could now face penalties from the Indian government as well.
Government officials who invited Bloom to India criticized the way the situation was handled by immigration officers. “The officer in charge of immigration, a certain Mr Prabhakar, was very rude to him,” Amar Singh, who sponsored Bloom’s visit, told The Times of India. “Bloom had a stomach ache and doctors came to attend to him. He was even advised to be admitted to a hospital. But he was still sent back. He was quite sad about the turn of events.”
In the end, Bloom’s celebrity status may have helped after all. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, reached out to personally expedite a new visa and Bloom was finally allowed to re-enter India the following day as an invited guest of the government. Bloom was even able to take a private tour of the Taj Mahal shortly after his triumphant return.