A man from Tamil Nadu was recently denied entry to Virat Kohli’s restaurant in Mumbai, One8 Commune, due to his traditional attire, a veshti. The incident has sparked a debate on social media, with some supporting the man and others defending the restaurant’s right to enforce a dress code.
The man, who has not been identified, claims that he was turned away from the restaurant because his veshti did not meet the dress code policy. He said that he had traveled to Mumbai from Tamil Nadu and had checked into his hotel, the JW Marriott, before heading to One8 Commune’s Juhu branch.
A video of the incident has gone viral on social media, garnering over 1 million views. In the video, the man can be heard saying that he was “humiliated” by the restaurant staff and that he felt “discriminated against” because of his traditional attire.
A person was not allowed to #ViratKohli𓃵’s restaurant for wearing DHOTI
People with shorts were allowed
Cats were allowed too
But wearing Dhoti not allowed 🚫
Isn’t this discrimination ?
— Vineeth K (@DealsDhamaka) December 2, 2023
The incident has sparked mixed reactions on social media. Some people have come out in support of the man, arguing that he was unfairly denied entry to the restaurant simply because of his traditional clothing. They have accused the restaurant of being discriminatory and insensitive.
Others have defended the restaurant’s right to enforce a dress code, arguing that it is a private establishment and has the right to set its own rules. They have also pointed out that the man should have been aware of the dress code policy before going to the restaurant.It is important to note that Virat Kohli is not personally responsible for the incident.
The restaurant is owned and operated by a separate company, and Kohli has no control over its policies or staff. However, the incident has undoubtedly tarnished Kohli’s reputation, as some people may now associate him with discriminatory practices.
It is therefore important for Kohli and his team to address the issue publicly and take steps to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. The incident highlights the need for greater awareness and sensitivity around issues of cultural diversity and traditional attire. It is important to remember that everyone should be treated with respect, regardless of their background or clothing choices.