industrialist husband Sunjay Kapur
India's best-known actresses Karisma Kapoor
New Delhi, Sep. 22, 2005
NRI Sunjay Kapur told the Delhi High Court that the
dispute over their daughter Samaira will be settled
and in good progress
Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor, one of India's
best-known actresses, stopped acting two years ago
after marrying NRI industrialist husband Sunjay
Kapur, a New Delhi businessman. The report on Mumbais
local daily claimed that Sunjays party-boy nature
and his strong like for alcohol was creating a rift
between the married couple.
The spat became public after the actress Karisma
Kapoor was dragged to court by her industrialist husband,
Sunjay Kapur. He asked the Delhi High Court to stop
her from taking their 5-month-old daughter overseas
because he fears she would not bring her back. But
the actress, known for her roles as the saucy girl
next door, says her husband deserted her and that
his petition is making their child a pawn in a matrimonial
dispute. Kapoor says she has no plans to settle overseas
with her daughter. "Kapur vs Kapoor" read
one headline in the Hindustan Times. One TV news channel
asked viewers to participate in a poll on whether
the couple should stay together.
Karisma Kapoor was married to Kapur after breaking
off an engagement with Bollywood leading man Abhishek
NRI Sunjay Kapur, runs a successful motor parts business
and is the grandson of Indian tyre tycoon, Raunaq
The couple were married in 2003
New Delhi, September 1, 2005
A battle between Bollywood star Karisma Kapoor and
her husband over their baby daughter is captivating
India, where millions worship film stars and follow
their personal lives closely.
The spat became public after superstar Kapoor was
dragged to court by her industrialist husband, Sunjay
He asked the Delhi High Court to stop her taking
their five-month-old daughter overseas as he feared
she would not bring her back.
Million of Indians have been glued to their TV sets
and newspapers have been carrying front-page articles
One TV news channel asked its viewers to participate
in a poll on whether the couple should stay together.
"My wife has been deliberately and without any
reason depriving our minor daughter of my care and
company," Kapur said in his petition to the court.
But the actor, known for her roles as the saucy girl
next door has denied his charges and says he deserted
"Sunjay's petition is nothing but a crude attempt
to urge and seek redress of matrimonial issues by
using the minor as a pawn," Kapoor's petition
Kapoor, 31, says she was taking the baby along on
a foreign trip and had no plans to settle overseas.
The couple, who were childhood friends married in
Sept, 2003, amid splendor and national media attention
but drifted apart this year. Local television and
newspapers said there were rumours he had an affair.
Kapoor, who comes from a family of famous Bollywood
actors, moved back to her own house in Mumbai from
her husband's home in New Delhi and gave birth to
Samaira in March. She had Samaira's passport made
after she told authorities that she lived separately
from her husband.
But Kapur, a US national, went to court saying his
rights as a father had been violated as he had no
knowledge of the baby's travel plans nor had he given
A judge has ordered them to try and resolve their
problems. Under Hindu law--which the couple follow--both
parents have equal rights over their children.
- Pune Times brings to you Karisma's first ever
interview on her troubled marriage.
"I haven't spoken anywhere so far. This is the
first time that I am talking about the issue. I am
not in a state to say much," says Karisma. Karisma
also says she is trying her best to cope in this traumatic
time. "Yes, I am trying my best not to be affected
by the hullabaloo around," she continues. "It's
a very trying time for me. I need my space and time
and I am not in a state to elaborate on anything at
length right now," she says. Karisma's family
is rallying around her in this moment of crisis. And
it is not just Karisma they're worried about. The
family and Karisma's primary concern at present is
her four-month-old daughter Samaira. The actor feels
Samaira may be too young to understand all this, but
she doesn't want any bad impact of this public spat
to affect her baby, now or ever. So Karisma, who is
relying heavily on her inner strength, prayers and
family support says that all she has been wanting
is that Samaira doesn't carry these scars for life.
"I pray for my daughter Samaira that she comes
out of it unaffected. Even when growing up, I trust
God will take care of her," says Karisma. Friends
close to the actor say that the tamasha surrounding
her marriage has made Karisma's life really difficult.
A close friend reveals that all the actor wants now
is to be left alone and is herself very unsure of
where her life's headed. Currently in Mumbai, Karisma
Kapoor's return to her sasural in Delhi seems highly
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