Ma was very scared: Soha Ali Khan
Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, February 27, 2012
First Published: 11:56 IST(25/2/2012)
Last Updated: 19:25 IST(27/2/2012)
Actor-mother Sharmila Tagore, who stays in Delhi, was distressed seeing reports flashing on almost every news channel, talking about her son Saif Ali Khan’s recent scuffle at a restaurant.
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan who's been charged with assaulting two fellow diners at Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace hoteli s escorted by the police at a police station in Mumbai. (Reuters)
Her daughter, and Saif’s younger sibling, Soha reveals this, opining that the issue was unnecessary
hyped up because her brother is a celebrity. “Ma got very scared. She started calling me, seeing media reports on the television. She was unable to get through to him. Finally, they had a talk and everything is fine now,” says the actor.
On Tuesday night, Saif allegedly got into a fight with South African businessman Iqbal Meer Sharma at Wasabi restaurant at the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, Colaba. He’d been dining with his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor and a bunch of friends from the film fraternity, when the scuffle broke out.
“I don’t think it’s the first time people have got into a fight there. But since he is a celebrity, it’s being taken to another level. Had it been anyone else, it wouldn’t have been such a big deal. I think this happens quite a lot,” says Soha adding, “I wasn’t there, so I don’t know what exactly happened. But as Saif is a celebrity, the media got involved and the issue got blown out of proportion. Even if a car accident happens, the bigger car’s driver is always blamed, irrespective of who was at fault.”
Followed by a complaint lodged against the star at Colaba Police Station, Saif and actor Amrita Rao’s husband Shakeel Ladakh, who was also involved in the fight, were arrested on Wednesday evening and released on bail later that day.
Ask Soha if she feels this would affect Saif’s image or his forthcoming spy-thriller Agent Vinod and she says, “I don’t think so. It’s difficult to predict, but on the basis of what I’ve read, he made a very sensible and matured comment to the media. He said that there are two ways to deal with anything. I could have done it with a more Gandhian spirit, but fortunately or unfortunately, things didn’t turn out that way. I think this issue should be dropped.”