“Fluttering India” Explains Why Fans Were Told to Limit Contact with Idols at Airport
KBS 2TV‘s new variety show “Fluttering India” explained the friction that they had with Indian fans at the airport while they were filming.
The program is responding to claims made on SNS by Indian fans who came to the airport to see the idols. They accounted that “Fluttering India” staff told them to pretend that they did not know the celebrities, and that the staff also checked their phones to make sure that their cameras were turned off.
On February 4, a “Fluttering India” representative said to news outlet OSEN that “According to the Embassy of India’s count, there are around 300 K-Pop fans in all of India. About 15 fans came out to the airport.”
They relayed, “India is a very difficult place to get a filming permit in. It was difficult to get permission to film at the airport on its own, but the condition that they were given was, ‘do not make a scene.’ In fact, as soon as they got to the airport, the police stuck right by them.”
The representative said, “The airport told them not to make a scene, and if there was one, the condition was that we would not be able to film right away. It was not possible to have shouting or a warm welcome. Because the police were with them, the producers asked [the fans] not to take pictures. They never went through the fans’ personal items.”
They added, “After the airport shoot, the idols had time to interact naturally with the fans, and even signed autographs.”
Meanwhile, “Fluttering India” is a travel variety show made by Producer Lee Ye Ji that follows the travels of “Kyu-line” in India. It stars TVXQ’s Changmin, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, SHINee’s Minho, Infinite’s Sunggyu, CNBLUE’s Jonghyun, and EXO’s Suho.
Below is one of the accounts that claims how fans were told to act like they did not know the idols, and that the staff members even tried to inspect the fans’ cameras in case they took photos at the airport. According to the account, the show’s PD threatened to cancel the show if the fans did not listen to their orders, which has caused a stir among fans.