By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Friday, August 18, 2006
Arjun Rampal has been hard at work completing the shoot of his maiden home production, I See You. The film, directed by debutant Vivek Agarwal, is being shot in London.
But recently, Rampal got the shock of his life when he came back to his room at the Washington Hotel in Mayfair to find that his safe had been robbed. Not just the contents, the entire safe itself!
Says Arjun, "It's true, but I don't want to talk about it."
However, producer Shabbir Boxwalla, who is a close friend of Arjun's, elaborates on the incident. "The Washington Hotel at Mayfair is a very reputed one. We don't know exactly what happened.
Apparently, two thieves walked into his room when he was away shooting and walked away with his money, a very expensive watch, the entire unit's air tickets and Arjun's passport.
Not satisfied with just the contents, they ran away with the entire safe! Fortunately, Arjun got a temporary passport from the embassy so that he could come back."
Says a source close to Arjun, "Arjun is very disturbed about the incident, but he is happy that his wife Mehr and children were not in the room. The police was very cooperative and promised their support in catching the thieves. The hotel's CCTV has captured their faces so it shouldn't take much time to trace them."
The source adds, "The thieves took out his safe from the wall and were walking away with it when the concierge thought they looked suspicious and cornered them. They hit him on the head with the safe and ran away. He was hurt so badly that he had to get four stitches."
What is I See You about?
Arjun Rampal's debut home production is a love story titled I See You. Arjun plays the lead role in the film, which is being shot in a start-to-finish schedule in London.
A new girl has been cast opposite Arjun, whose identity is being kept under wraps for the moment.
Rampal's wife, Mehr Jessia, a former supermodel, is the production manager of the film. I See You also stars Boman Irani and Chunky Pandey, while Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Sonali Kulkarni have special appearances.