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Shivangi Kolhapure talks about living life on her own terms

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 26, 2009)

Shakti Kapoor’s wife Shivangi Kolhapure prefers Canada over Mumbai. She even got her Canadian citizenship three years ago. But she is now in Mumbai to support her daughter, Shraddhaa, who debuts with Teen Patti. A source close to her family said, “Shivangi spends a lot of time in Canada. She is in Mumbai because the release of her daughter Shraddhaa’s film Teen Patti is round the corner.”

Shivangi is quite excited about Shraddhaa’s film. She said, “Shraddhaa got offers from many filmmakers, but she refused them all. Most of them wanted to make quick films to be released before Teen Patti. It would have been unethical to sign those films.”

But why did she move to Canada? Shivangi said, “It’s an open economy out there. I want to make movies in Canada. I am very excited about my plans.” Doesn’t she miss her family? She said, “They certainly miss me. But they know I want to structure my life this way. Shraddhaa was studying in Boston, so she was near me. My son Siddhanth was busy studying in London. So, there was no problem until now.”

Did the decision to spend time in Canada stem from her discomfort over the media glare? After all, her husband Shakti Kapoor is no stranger to controversy. Shivangi replied cautiously, “Not at all. I am not running away. I really like it this way. Think about it, there was a controversy around Siddhanth too. In fact, he was the only guy who tested negative in that party that was busted by the cops. Did anybody write about that?”

(L): Shraddha (R): Shivangi Kolhapure


Chidanand Rajghatta | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 17, 2009)

Washington: Shah Rukh (“because my name is’’) Khan might have gotten away lightly with a one-time, about 90-minute ordeal at a US airport on Friday. Imagine if his name had been Robert Johnson or Dean Nelson. Or Al Gore, or even worse, Edward Kennedy.

The former Vice-President and the iconic Senator are among scores of “VIPs’’ in the US, including entertainers and sports heroes, whose life has been made hellish by rulebound airport security and airline staff playing it strictly by the book.

Few cases illustrate the hide-bound super-empowerment of uniformed personnel in the US, before whom all are equal suspects unless determined otherwise, than Senator Kennedy, whose craggy, weather-beaten face is familiar to all Americans for half a century. Because a suspected terrorist has used his name as an alias, it was put on an airline watch-list, re
sulting in the Senator being repeatedly stopped from flying in 2004.

Washington: Senator Edward Kennedy was stopped from boarding a flight in the US five times in five weeks in 2004. Finally, he called the homeland security chief and related his ordeal at a hearing convened to discuss the subject. “He said, ‘We can’t give it to you,’’’ Kennedy said, describing an encounter with an airline agent, ‘You can’t buy a ticket to go on the airline to Boston.’ I said, ‘Well, why not?’ He said, ‘We can’t tell you.’’’

Kennedy said he then tried to get on a plane back to Washington, but the agent denied him that too. “I went up to the desk and said, ‘I’ve been getting on this plane for 42 years. Why can’t I get on the plane?’’’ he recalled, amid peals of laughter from his colleagues. After the homeland chief apologized, it happened a sixth time.

Al Gore found that nearly be
ing elected US President isn’t
enough to get him the VIP treatment at airports. Some months ago, an airline agent who helped him circumvent the security check at Nashville airport (in his home state Tennessee) was hauled up, and the former Vice-President hauled back to go through security. The only stories in the media was how Gore did so uncomplainingly.
Such incidents are routine in a country where there is very little VIP culture; if anything, VIPs are singled out for special attention to see if they are in the breach, in which case, the law enforcement guys get their 15-minutes of fame.

The same day SRK was held up, rock star Bob Dylan was stopped while loitering in a
New Jersey suburb by two young cops who had no idea who he was. When he could not produce an identity, he was taken back to his hosts to prove his bona fides. In Baltimore, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was involved in a road accident the same night. Although Phelps had had a beer before driving, he was within the prescribed limits; but the cops found that he was driving with an expired out-of-state licence, which has now resulted in court summons. Even worse is the plight of anyone named Robert Johnson and Dean Nelson. The two names are on a no-fly watchlist as suspected terrorists have used the names. CBS 60 Minutes once interviewed 12 men named Robert Johnson who all related their ordeal each time they flew. They may be happy to settle for Khan as their last name. TNN

Govt to take up case with US
The government said SRK’s ‘detention’ was “offensive” and unacceptable. “We will take up the issue with the US government strongly. Such incidents involving Indians due to their religion or nationality should not happen… we will not accept it,” minister Praful Patel said. In Tweeter, junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor said, “We all found it offensive.”