Item girl attempts suicide on Ash-Abhishek wedding
Just before the wedding, the 'item' girl was held for attempting suicide, report Megha Sood, Rashid Ahmad & Masoodul Hasan.Updated: Apr 23, 2007 14:05 IST
It was bound to happen. When Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai announced their marriage, they broke several hearts. And it was only a matter of time before die-hard Romeos and/or swooning Juliets would get carried away and attempt something crazy — like suicide.
That’s exactly what 26-year-old item girl Janhvi Kapoor tried to do outside Prateeksha, the Bachchan family’s Juhu residence, early on Friday morning. And even as Bachchan junior waved to crowds from atop a white horse outside Prateeksha just before his nuptials to Rai, Kapoor was being produced in a city court for attempting suicide under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code. The court released her on a bail of Rs 10,000.
Earlier, the Juhu police had arrested Kapoor — who came to the city in 2004 and is the descendent of Nawab Agha Mir, the Prime Minister of the erstwhile princely state of Awadh and is the former daughter-in-law of India’s most prominent Shia cleric and vice chairman of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Dr Kalbe Sadiq — after she was found with cuts on her left arm outside Prateeksha at 2 am.
Kapoor claimed that Abhishek, whom she met on the sets of his movie Duss, had promised to marry her. Outside Prateeksha, a drunk Kapoor howled and screamed: “How could Abhishek betray me? I do not want to live anymore.” She even abused Samajwadi Party MP and close friend of the Bachchans Amar Singh saying he had threatened her to stay mum about the alleged affair or else she would be killed. Three months ago, Kapoor had registered a case with the Oshiwara police saying she had been receiving threat phone calls.
Kapoor was taken to a private clinic where she received stitches for the several cuts on her arm. “The cuts were made with a shaving blade,” said Pradeep Shinde, senior police inspector of Juhu police station. “The cuts were not deep or life-threatening.”
Shinde said Kapoor had been drinking at an Andheri pub before going to Prateeksha. “She was also under the influence of drugs. Her medical reports state she was drunk,” said Shinde. “She was and not in her senses and probably even delusional. The entire act seems to be a publicity stunt.”
At the Juhu police station, Kapoor said: “We (Abhishek and she) were regularly in touch via e-mail. We had grown close and he had promised to marry me. Now he is marrying Aishwarya.”
Kapoor said she hails from Srinagar and that her father, Narendra Kapoor, was an Allahabad-based IAS officer. But there is more to Kapoor than what she has so far claimed. For instance, the aspiring starlet denies any connection with the Shia cleric Dr Kalbe Sadiq’s family despite her love marriage to the Lucknow-based Dr Sadiq’s son, Kalbe Hussain. Kapoor, whose maiden name was Naina Rizvi, was called Haya after the marriage.
Dr Sadiq said he did not know any ‘Janhvi Kapoor’. “My daughter-in-law was Haya Fatima Rizvi,” the cleric said. Dr Sadiq said the two separated in 2000 because of some problems and tension between Hussain and Haya.
Kapoor denied that she had any children with Hussain. But a source close to the family in Srinagar said otherwise. “Janhvi was in Srinagar till 1995, and I personally know that she had a son, whom she left with her mother Shahana after she went to Mumbai to work in films,” he said. Another family source too confirmed that Kapoor had a son, 10-year-old Mohammad Ali.
In Srinagar, though Kapoor’s mother Shahana said: “She was never married. So there is no question of having a son.” In fact, she claimed Mohammad Ali was her own son. Shahana too claimed that Janhvi (Kapoor) and Abhishek had an affair. But “I did not approve of the marriage as he (Abhishek) is a Hindu and we are Muslims,” she said.
First Published: Apr 20, 2007 23:17 IST