Despite the hullabaloo over her detention, Minissha Lamba managed to stay calm and claimed that airport authorities were rather friendly and even cracked jokes to keep her at ease. Here's the other side of the story.
The news that Minissha Lamba was invited to the Cannes Film Festival was unfortunately overshadowed by her detention for undeclared jewellery at Mumbai airport. But the actress doesn't seem too perturbed.
"It was just a minor discrepancy in my papers for the jewellery. I'm just so shocked by the monstrous proportions that the incident acquired. But I don't want to go into who was responsible for it," Minissha told Mumbai Mirror.
Despite being detained for some 16 hours, Minissha does not resent the detention and humiliation. "If my papers were not in order because of a minor technicality then the authorities were totally within their rights to detain me. We've to go by the book. No complaints about it," she said.
However, she vehemently denied that she was carrying Rs 40 lakh worth of diamonds. "The value was much less. I can't tell you how much but I had paperwork to authenticate it," she supplied.
But all's well that ends well. "They (airport authorities) were civil and extremely friendly. They served me the most amazing food and were constantly cracking jokes to ease my nervousness."
"I chose to take a chill-pill. I'm just a little sheep that inadvertently got caught up in a situation. I think I got into the controversy by default. It's one of those life-experiences. Even in future I will find myself in unpleasant situations. What I make of them is in my hands entirely, she quipped.