On Saturday, TV czarina Ekta Kapoor was besieged by calls and messages from family and friends, asking if she was fine, after reports of her car accident flashed on a news agency.
One of the cars booked for her met with an accident en route to Haridwar, where she was headed for the Maha Kumbh Mela on Friday.
Wasn't in that car
Says a source close to Ekta, "The reports are wrong. She wasn't even in the car that crashed. The car that was hit held her luggage and two Balaji staff members, other than the driver. In the absence of a divider on the Delhi-Haridwar national highway, the car skidded, went off-road, and crashed into a tree. Fortunately, all passengers escaped with minor injuries." Ekta was traveling ahead with a friend in another car when the accident happened. "The moment she heard of the accident, she turned the car back."
The source continues, "On reaching the accident spot, she found that her staff had suffered minor bruises that did not require medical attention. The car was completely smashed, though. She bundled her staff into her car, went to Haridwar, took dips at the Maha Kumbh and returned to Mumbai on Saturday."
By then, news of 'her accident' had been reported by many city papers. Adds the source, "On Saturday, after landing, she headed straight to a Shani temple, and she received some 25 calls and hundreds of SMSes asking her if she was all right. Her friends and family kept calling in to check if she was okay. Her dad Jeetendra thought Ekta had injured herself. He completely freaked out and only calmed down after she assured him she was okay."
Confirms Ekta, "There was a mishap that occurred with one of the cars travelling with us but I am absolutely fine. Nothing happened to the car I was traveling in."