In a no-holds-barred exclusive interview to Subhash K Jha model-actress Tarina Patel whose husband South-African entrepreneur Iqbal Sharma was allegedly roughed up by Saif Ali Khan at a posh restaurant, reveals her husband's Gandhi connection and lashes out at Kareena Kapoor's allegations...
First of all tell me about that fistful night at the Taj?
First of all, let me tell you my husband is not some star-struck foreigner in India. He comes from the biggest political family in South Africa . He is Fatima Meer's nephew. His family was instrumental in getting Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa.
So your husband has Gandhian connections! Yes, and to find himself in such a non-Gandhian situation. How ironic is that! My husband is a truly peace-loving person. His uncle and Nelson Mendela were best friends. He's in and out of Mumbai doing business, negotiating trade on behalf of South Africa with India for the last ten years. He comes from a very distinguished. Though I stay in South Africa with my husband I too am in and out of Mumbai all the time. My husband has a great deal of business in Mumbai. As you may know India and South Africa have a great trade relations.And my husband is a pivotal part of it.
Kareena says Saif was provoked by your husband?
Wow! It doesn't take much to get people provoked . We had no idea asking people to lower their voices in a restaurant was such a provocation that it would warrant a broken nose for my husband. I am so sorry about Bebo's stress level caused by our objection to their volume level.
Is that all your husband did, asked them to lower their volume?
We didn't even ask them directly. We asked the manager to ask them to keep them down.
Then what happened?
The noise was so unbearable that we decided to move downstairs. We were on the way down and waiting for the lift when this happened. Saif was on the way up.This was certainly not normal behaviour. We were willing to go to the police station and submit ourselves to a blood test. But they were not willing to do the same. In fact he (Saif) went missing for 20 hours. What did Saif actually say at the lift where you all were waiting to go down? He told us to f..k off to a library if we wanted peace. Frankly, my husband was more stunned than me. I've known this film industry because I work here. My husband is clueless about the ways of Bollywood actors. He didn't know who Saif or Kareena are. Why should he? He knows who Amitabh Bachchan or Shah Rukh Khan are. Beyond that my husband or the rest of my family doesn't know the industry and they don't care.