Three years ago, the glamourous life of Tariq Ahmad Dar — a Kashmiri who had made a big splash in Bangladesh’s fashion circles — came to an abrupt end.
|Tariq Ahmad Dar (left) is thrilled as he’s doing an ad film with Shah Rukh Khan. HT Photo|
The Bangladesh government suddenly declared him an Indian spy, arrested him and deported him to India. As soon as he reached India, Indian authorities in turn took him into custody, suspecting him to be a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative.
He was subjected to intense questioning and tortured.
But ultimately he had to be released for lack of evidence. Once out of jail, Dar, far from losing heart, decided to go back to what he was best at — this time in Mumbai.
Ignoring the cloud over his past, Mumbai has welcomed him. He has begun working in ad films — including one with Shah Rukh Khan.
“I was delighted at the opportunity to meet Shah Rukh Khan and shoot at Yash Raj studios,” Dar told HT.
It was a far cry from 2006 when Dar spent 40 days, from September 15 to October 25, in a Bangladesh prison. Or the two months that followed in a Delhi prison, till a court order in January 2007 got him released Yet Dar never lost faith in the Indian system. “There were many who stood by me and helped me back on my feet,” he said.