Shahrukh Khan’s Alibaug property under Benami Act

 

Photo caption – Shah Rukh Khan allegedly used land bought for an agricultural purpose for his personal use.
Photo Credits – Mid.day.com

Shahrukh Khan’s farmhouse, Deja Vu Farms in Alibaug has been labeled as ‘Benami’ property by the Income Tax department. A report has been filed against the property before the adjudication authority. Khan is required to answer to this report within 90 days. This notice was issued under Section 24 of the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act (PBPT) in December. If the investigation proves that the property is attached to Benani, the act entails the IT authorities to file criminal charges against the accused. This will make him liable for seven years of imprisonment and pay 25 % of the property’s cost. As per PBPT, a transaction is benami when a property is transferred to one person for a consideration paid by another person.

The property is worth Rs 147 million and spans about 19,500 square ft. The major allegation against Khan is that he purchased this agricultural land claiming that it’s for farming purposes. But instead, he built a private farmhouse in the area.

Reports from The Times of India stated that the Déjà vu Farms Pvt. Ltd was integrated into the website of the Registrar of Companies on December 29, 2004. And the directors mentioned were Ramesh Chhiba and Savita Chhiba, Namita Chhiba, who are Khan’s father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law respectively.

According to NDTV, in the place of an agricultural land, Khan erected a luxurious bungalow with a helipad, swimming pool and attached his property limits to a nearby beach. The IT officials stated that an unsecured loan of Rs 8.5 crore was given by Khan to Deja Vu Farms. It has also been found that the farmhouse has violated the CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) rules.

Lady of the Century- Zohra Sehgal

A century and two years ago on 27th April 1912, a little girl was born in the small city of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh who lived to become the most loved grandmother to the entire Bollywood industry. Zohra Sehgal has witnessed generations pass by her in the industry.

She once told Ranbir Kapoor “Do you know I’ve worked opposite your great-grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor and your grandfather Raj Kapoor? You’re the third generation of Kapoors I’m working with.”She did not just read about the independence movement, she was a part of them. For Sehgal, Jawaharlal Nehru wasn’t a national leader but an invitee to her wedding. Zohra Sehgal has lived through moments which people of this generation have just read about.

She was known to be a woman who did as she wished. An accomplished ballet dancer before she began acting, Ms.
Sehgal studied dance in Germany and joined the pioneering Indian dancer and choreographer Uday Shankar’s troupe in 1935. She performed in Japan, Egypt, Europe and the United States. She then spent 14 years with the Indian People’s Theater Association and the Prithvi Theater. She choreographed a few Hindi films, including Raj Kapoor’s masterpiece “Awaara” (1951).’

A woman of many talents and many memories, here’s how the world paid tribute to Zohra Sehgal, the lady of the century:

The ‘ugly’ side of Bollywood

Bollywood stars , the male breed in particular have been ruling the hearts of millions, for years. They have always made the headlines for their on-screen antics,  larger than life portrayal of the good guy who can romance the most prettiest  girls , single-handedly take on a army of thugs and save the damsel in distress.

Their charm and on-screen heroics makes you fall in love with them. Awe-struck fans worship them and look up to them as role models.

 

The Khans who rule Bollywood: Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan

 

Earlier it was Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand , Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan  who were hugely popular during their respective eras. Today we have the Khan quartet Salman, Shahrukh, Aamir and Saif followed by the Kapoors , Ranbir and Shahid ruling  Bollywood and living the good life.

But life is far from normal from what our ‘good guys’ portray on the big screen.

Shahrukh Khan’s  bawl last year at the Wankhede stadium was uncalled for and tarnished the image of the ‘King of Romance’. He faced severe opposition from the late Shiv Sena Supremo, Bal Thackeray when he made statements supporting  Pakistani players  to participate in the IPL.

Sanju Baba , who won our heart with his outstanding performance in Munnabhai is presently doing time at Pune’s Yerawada jail  after being convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blast  for illegal possession of weapons.

Boom ! Bang ! Dishoom! is the sound we hear as Salman Khan pulls the trigger to kill  a baddie on-screen. However, off screen too he has pull the trigger killing blackbucks and chinkaras (Indian gazelle), both of which are protected animal. But  it doesn’t end there. On July 24, a session court  framed fresh charges against the Bollywood hunk for  culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the 2002 hit and run case where  under the influence of alcohol ran over people sleeping on the pavements. If convicted for this charges he could face ten years of rigorous imprisonment.

The list goes on.  Sex, drugs, casting couch.. Bollywood has seen it all.Controversies will always be a part and parcel of Bollywood. However, the off- screen antics of stars can make or break their image. The audience savours the on -screen vengeance of a ‘good guy’. But sadly these men are not heroes in their real lives. Looking up to them as role models is simply atrocious !