Saif Ali Khan questioned by Enforcement Directorate
On September 8, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned actor Saif Ali Khan in an eight-year-old case of importing a high-end car from Dubai. An official said Saif was called in for questioning and his statement on the the mode of payment and the car’s subsequent transfer to India recorded. The case goes back to 2004 when the actor had allegedly purchased a Toyota Land Cruiser from Dubai. The car was however, imported to India under the transfer of residence rules by a Kerala resident named Kolangara Mohammad.
The Customs department, which was initially investigating the case, maintained it has reasons to believe that Mohammad could not afford such a car. Their special investigation and intelligence branch felt that the transfer of residence rule was allegedly misused in the case. In 2006, the Customs had roped in the ED after they found that a large sum of money was withdrawn from a bank account in Mumbai, which allegedly belonged to the actor.Click here to read more
Uday Shankar’s ‘Kalpana’: Customs release restored print
Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation that restored the print paid a huge duty for it
After a delay of 25 days, the restored digital print of Kalpana – noted dancer Uday Shankar‘s 1948 film on experimental dance – was finally handed over to its Indian restorer who will give it to the National Film Archives of India (NFAI). Click here to read more
Preity Zinta held up by customs
The Ishkq In Paris actor’s baggage was not cleared at the airport
Preity Zinta is going through a rough patch in her career and the buzz around her debut film as a producer, Ishkq In Paris isn’t really great. To add to her miseries she recently had a brush with the Customs department at the international airport in Mumbai, over clearing of luggage when she returned from Colombo recently. Click here to read more
Ekta Kapoor: nabbed at airport!
The entertainment queen has joined the list of lovely ladies who have been detained at Customs over the past few months
Television and movie producer Ekta Kapoor was coming back from a trip to Bangkok when she had to deal with an awkward moment – she was nabbed as she went through the green channel at customs at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for “duty evasion”. According to the officials, she was carrying “personal goods for which she did not pay Customs Duty” and had to pay a fine of Rs 40,000. Click here to read more
Bollywood’s airport woes – now SRK and Aftab!
After Minissha, Anushka and Bipasha, it’s Shahrukh and Aftab who faced trouble
It’s good to see that Bollywood stars are also seen to be ordinary citizens of this country these days. And most of them are brought down to earth with a resounding thud when they are indulging in their jet-setting lifestyles. The toughness that they are facing these days at the airport shows that either the authorities are either getting more efficient and, of course, less lenient, or else the stars are not as careful as they may have been earlier. Click here to read more