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Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni and her husband detained in Kenya

By Tajuddin
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Nov 14th, 2014
Mamta Kulkarni

Mamta Kulkarni

Nairobi ( DIPLOMAT.SO) – On Thursday, social media was abuzz with news of Mamta Kulkarni’s arrest. Reportedly, the yesteryear actress was taken into custody by the Kenyan police, along with husband Vijay ‘Vicky’ Goswami, on charges of drug trafficking.

Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni and her partner Vicky Goswami have reportedly been arrested in Kenya for drug trafficking.

Though not much information is available regarding this, it is reported that the couple were arrested in a joint operation by the Drug Enforcement Agency and Mombasa police.

Goswami was earlier arrested in Dubai for trafficking 11.5 tonnes of Mandrax worth $6 Million in 1997 and was sentenced to 25 years in jail, which was later reduced to 15 years by the Dubai Police on the grounds of his good moral conduct.

During Vicky’s jail stay, Mamta was busy managing her partner’s real estate business that includes a prominent hotel in Dubai.

Vicky and Mamta hit the headlines in 2012 after they embraced Islam. Some reports suggest that the conversion and their marriage as per Islamic rites were a planned move by Vicky to strengthen his clemency appeal and to get an early release from the Dubai jail.

Reportedly, Vicky was released from the jail on November 2012 and was deported to India.

“Though the lawyers strongly opposed his clemency saying that he was an international criminal, the court pardoned him on grounds that he was a reformed criminal and a devout Muslim. The court also ordered that he be deported to his native country in India. Sources claim Vicky arrived in India during December 2012 and left for Kenya soon after. Since he did not have any specific criminal cases pending against him in India, it was easier for him to fly to Kenya,” reported The Times of India.

Mamta, who began her Bollywood career with the 1992 movie “Tirangaa”, was known more for her controversies than her performances. The actress made headlines when she posed topless for popular film magazine Stardust in 1993.
During her film career, she appeared along with many popular stars, including Mithun Chakraborty, Ajay Devgn, Bobby Deol, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Khanna, Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor.

After a series of successful movies, Mamta’s career took a turn when she was offered a role in the movie “China Gate” directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. However, rumours came out soon about the rift between them and the actress being dropped from the movie. Reportedly, the underworld don Chota Rajan got involved in the issue and made sure that Mamta remained as the film’s lead.

However, “China Gate” turned out to be a disaster at the box office and the actress was upset with the director for cutting some of her scenes for his personal interests. The director denied the rumours and the incident marked the beginning of the end of Mamta’s career.

The actress was also seen in a couple of South Indian films and her last movie was the 2002 release “Kabhie Tum Kabie Hum”, directed by Roop Dutta Naik.

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