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The vanity theft tales

Jewellery, gizmos go missing from the sets and vanity vans, but Bollywood actors find no time to file complaints.

entertainment Updated: Jun 02, 2011, 02:26 IST
Hindustan Times

Jewellery, gizmos go missing from the sets and vanity vans, but Bollywood actors find no time to file complaints

Sonakshi Sinha
Sonakshi’s diamond solitaire earrings went missing from her vanity van on the sets of Shirish Kunder’s Joker last week. The actor, 23, was celebrating Kunder’s birthday with the unit when the earrings worth Rs. 25 lakh were stolen. Sonakshi was upset because it was a gift from her mother. She looked around the set and when she didn’t find them, she continued the shoot calmly. She later filed a police complaint when others insisted.

Amrita Rao
Amrita was finishing the patchwork of her film Love You Mr Kalaakar, when her diamond jewellery worth R7 lakh was stolen from her vanity van. The actor, 29, had kept the jewellery in a bag along with other things. When it the actor went to wear the jewels for the shoot, she was surprised to see they were not there. “I did ask all the unit hands present but no one owned up. And without any proof, I just could not point fingers at any person,” she said. However, she did not approach the police.

Sameera Reddy
Sameera lost her iPod recently on the sets of a film. “Music means everything to me, so I was really disappointed. But I couldn’t do much since there is no one I could blame. From then on, I leave all my belongings with my staff because I know they will be secure,” says the 28-year-old. She says that the solution is to request the unit to look for the lost item, and if it is not found one should be careful in future.

Shazahn Padamsee
Shazahn decided to leave all her precious belongings at home before going on a shoot after she lost a diamond ring gifted by her mother. “I always wore the ring because it had a lot of sentimental value. I was shooting a sequence and that didn’t require me to wear it, so I left it behind in my van. I had no idea that it could go missing. When I returned it was not there and I could not find it after looking. It had lot of significance.” Padamsee says that she has learned her lesson. “Who can you really blame? Now I leave behind all my precious things at home,” says the 23-year-old.

Neetu Chandra
Neetu says that she has lost quite few things — from cells phones to jewellery — on sets while shooting. However, she never felt the need to file a complaint. A few weeks back, she lost her Blackberry Storm. “I’ve never lodged a complaint, as the person who would have taken it must be in need of it. Besides during shoots everyone is more concerned with finishing work within time so mostly people don’t bother about it much,” says the 26-year-old.

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