Aishwarya maintains silence over Panama Papers leaks

Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who launched the trailer of her film “Sarbjit” on Thursday, decided to maintain silence over her name figuring in the Panama Papers leaks for allegedly having links with offshore entities.

When one of the reporters asked her about the Panama Paper leaks during the trailer launch of the film, she said: “The statement has been made to all of you already. Hope you all are aware about it.”

The “Panama Papers” — based on an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and over 100 other news organisations around the world — is a global list revealing offshore links of over 500 Indians, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya.

In India, The Indian Express released pages of the investigation reports, alleging among other names that Amitabh and Aishwarya were directors in companies in Panama.

Aishwarya’s media adviser previously told the newspaper that the information was false.


  1. Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwariya Rai may do anything, but they are safe. In fact, Amitabh Bachchan is a grand ambassador for Gujarat, whose Chief Minister was Narendra Modi till two years ago.

    It may be Panama Papers Leaks or Manama Papers Leaks, they are safe and sound, because they are national icons and above the law. Laws are only meant for the common people.

    Did Amitabh Bachchan utter a single word on the drought in Marathwada or Latur and urge BCCI/IPL honchos to shift the matches outside the State and try to provide desperately-needed water to the people?

    Sharad Pawar, Rajiv Shukla, Anurag Thakur were not concerned about the plight of the people of Marathwada and Latur, but all they wanted was that the show should go on and 700,000 litres of water should be wasted on each match on this Freestyle Wrestling, sorry for the bhool. I meant to say this tamasha cricket.

    • ..but they are safe. In fact, AB is a grand ambassador for Gujarat, whose CM was NaMo till 2 years ago”. – Mr. Nelson

      Well said, Mr. Nelson. No chamcha of of our great 56 ‘incher’ will be touched. All you have to do is the ‘right noises’ and like a faithful pet, one will be ‘rewarded’ with something like the Padma Bhushana. Case in point – that reel-life joker (more so in real-life) called Anupama Kher’a. 🙂

      See, the Na (b***) Kaoonga, na (b***) Khilane doonga club is very well known for such stuff. And just a small correction, sir. The water in question is 70 lakh (7,000,000) litres.

      Btw, EVEN Cartoon Network and Peace TV covered the Banana…. I mean, Panama papers leak. However, our dearest ‘Garnaba Arswami’ didn’t even give it the time of the day. Was it because he was up to his gills (so to speak) covering news which has global impact – such as – ‘Which came FIRST? The Chicken or the Egg’ and ‘Gold Smuggling at MIA’? 😉

      Any idea, why, Mr. Nelson? And all this while I was under the impression that he was REALLY ‘fearless & straight-forward’.

  2. Mr. Praveen Pinto,
    I regularly watch the four English news channels on the television and Mr. Arnab Goswami has many admirers and many people in his profession hate him because of the popularity he has achieved with the English-speaking masses.

    Again, Indian politicians, Pakistani politicians and strongmen like that third-rate Gen. Pervez Musharraf and that runaway, Nawaz Sharif, again that King of Good Times, Vijay Mallya, who is hiding at Lady Walk at Hertfordshire in the U.K., Lalit Modi and many despicable creatures, hate him. By the way, did Vijay Mallya present you a copy of his Kingfisher calendar? When, will the next edition come out? If you have one, keep it for posterity. It may become a collectors’ item and many nuts will be willing to pay any amount to lay their hands upon it.

    Mr. Anand Narasimhan and Ms. Padmaja Joshi are also good.

    India Today has Mr. Rahul Kanwal and, in the recent past, he grilled Gen. Pervez Musharraf so much and cornered him and made him admit that it was not Mujahideens that infiltrated during the Kargil Crisis, but soldiers from the Pakistani Army. Immediately, after the interview, the General was admitted in a hospitable and kept under oxygen, as he was feeling sick. Normally, it is not easy to interview the General, because he is very arrogant and can lie through his teeth. Mr. Arnab Goswami and Mr. Maroof Raza have had a taste of this poor strategist’s and tactician’s arrogance.

    CNN-IBM has one Mr. B. Choubey who, during an interview in late February 2016, thoroughly grilled Mr. Bassi, the ex-Commissioner of Police, Delhi who, if the grapevine is to be believed was a flunkey of his political masters.

    You have to understand that Mr. Arnab Goswami is quite a busy man, with a lot on his plate. Otherwise, he would have certainly talked about the Panama Paper Leaks. Should that happen, it would be worth watching the reactions of Amitabh Bachchan and his daughter-in-law, who normally like to be in the limelight.

    At one time, I was fortunate to be friendly with a cousin of a well known actor and he used to accompany him for film shoots, etc. and showed me many photos. Those days, Mithun Chakravarty appeared as thin and slim like a pencil and very dark complexioned compared to what he appears today. He convinced me with sound reasoning that the actions and steps Amitabh Bachchan took to advance his career. I cannot talk freely on this forum.

    Many of these news channels are either affiliated to political parties or corporates. I am led to believe that CNN-IBM has been bought over by a corporate house.

    I hope I have convinced you and you will not take up your cudgels against me and we end up in mud-slinging matches.

    • Mr. Nelson,

      Our Arnaba had time to host 2 shows on ‘Shakthimaaaanaaa’ and his broken leg or whatever. However, he is ‘busy’ when it comes to NOT covering the Panama papers?

      C’mon sir! EVEN NatGeo, Cartoon Network, Star Cricket, Peace TV, Shalom TV etc covered it in exquisite detail! However, our Arnaba did NOT! Something fishy, ‘no’? 😉

  3. Mr. Praveen Pinto,

    Everybody cannot expect Mr. Arnab Goswami to comment on everything that goes on in the country. I believe he has to do a lot of homework and has to be well informed to conduct his programmes with aplomb and argue and convince the panelists, who have differing views, backgrounds, vested interests, political affiliations and prejudices.

    Arnab Goswami was right in commenting about the Uttarakhand Police horse, Shaktiman, because this is not an ordinary horse and had won awards and held a rank. I am sad that a horse with an impeccable credentials is dead and feel sorry. As regards the politician, who was instrumental in maiming this horse, leading to amputation and finally death, the court should find him guilty and put him in the slammer.

    • “Everybody cannot expect Mr. Arnab Goswami to comment on everything that goes on in the country” – Mr. Nelson Mandela

      First of all, the Panama papers were NOT “IN THE COUNTRY”.

      So, when he can host 2 shows for Shakthimaaaana and ask the ‘country’ to pray for him, why NOT talk about the Panama papers? Or, could it be that the chief honcho of Times is on that list? Is he trying to ‘protect’ the Big B(ull******r) and his plastic DIL and the industrialists who fund the BJP too?

      Didn’t the Prez of Iceland resign because his name was on the list? Didn’t his people force him to ‘retire’ and go visit our Rampanna’s Murudushwara statues?

      So, is Shakthimaaaanaaaaa MORE impt? or, is the stashed ‘loot’?

  4. Mr. Praveen Pinto,

    You may have your views and I respect it.

    Regarding the Panama Papers Leak, I have expressed my views on both, i.e. the Big Bee and his daughter-in-law, whom the cinema going and watching public treat as Sophia Loren or Elizabeth Taylor. One cannot attain such legendary proportions by religiously attending the Cannes film festivals or going some acting in “nach gana” films. It is high time, you write something on this issue or you could write to Amitabh Bachchan directly and tell in clear terms what you think of him and his khandaan. Or you could write to Arnab Goswami directly. Times Now is based in Bombay.

    Try to fire goli from your bandook, i.e. if you have one, rather than firing it from someone’s shoulder.

    • “Try to fire one from your bandook” – Lord Nelson

      YOU, are simply doing the ‘politician’s polka’ – one step forward, two backwards and THEN YOU sidestep the WHOLE issue. How TYPICAL of you!

      You offered all sorts of ‘excused’ – “Garnab is busy”, ‘Garnaba can’t cover whatever I want’ and THEN, when you run out of autographs.. I mean…. excuses, you ask me to write to Garnaba. Cripes! DON”T I know the details of Times Now? Shakthimaana…. let us PRAY for Shakthimaaaana. Da ka ka ka.. da ‘KUNTRY’ wants to know! Spare me the drivel, man!

      Oh, come on, Nelson! You ain’t speaking with our Yumreeki RampaNNA here.

      And on another note, I’m glad that our simpleton Yumreeki Rampa is firing his falthu ‘bandooki’ from your shoulder.

  5. “Try to fire goli from your bandook…” writes Nelson Lewis

    Dear Nelson,
    Do you have any idea what you just did? Joker Pinto will take it literally and start looking for a real gun and bullets!! He doesn’t understand some of these references we make in our posts. LOL LOL I remember an incident when a writer made a reference to ‘biriyaani’ and he took it literally!! Unbelievable!!

  6. Mr. Praveen Pinto,

    I wish I knew to do the “politicians’ polka” or the “polka” dance. I have tried to be frank with you and it appears that I have not been able to convince you, but rather confuse you. How sad and I do sympathize with you.

    As regards Original R. Pai, I do not have high contact details. Can you provide me his contact details, as well as yours and also Advocate B.N. Pai, who has not been around for quite a while. I could send emails to all of you and say a polite “hello”. What do you say, my friend?

  7. Dear Mr. Nelson,

    Nope! You don’t “confuse” me. You are quite lucid in and shoot straight-off-the-hip on MOST matters. No hogwash like our Rampanna who does a Lady Gaga act, gushing “I wish India had MORE Modi’ji’s, East or West, Podi’ji is best… lah dee dah” etc. In fact, you have criticized ALL the head-honchos – be it from the Cong or the BJP, the so-called ‘Captains of Industry’, and such like – and that too without ambiguity.

    So, what took me unawares (surprise, rather) was that you were a tad slow on the take about Arnab and his ‘puppet show’. From the past TWO days, he has been YAMMERING on & ON about the AgustaWestland ‘revelations’ and further claiming that it is ONLY his charnel house… oops… Channel/Media House who have EXCLUSIVE rights to it. BUT, he DIDN’T EVEN spare the time that an Ad gets on his ‘show’ for one of the BIGEGST leaks in history! Rather fishy, ain’t it?

    Anyway, time to move on. I’m around.

  8. Dear Mr. Praveen Pinto,

    Thank you for complimenting me. I believe in calling a spade-a-spade and do not have any political affiliations or consider any netas as my icons. In fact, I consider virtually all of them are corrupt. They are not in politics to do public service, but to line their pockets. Sadly, most Indians do not realize and waste their time in fawning this crooks, scoundrels, thieves and jokers.

    Well, I enjoy watching Arnab Goswami programmes and Times Now has exposed numerous scandals, including the Augusta-Westland helicopter scandal. That is why no member of Congress Party is attending the panel discussions in order to avoid being grilled. As, probably, Times Now, is not involved in the Panama Paper Leaks expose, he may not have taken much interest.

    From what I have heard and read, NDTV is totally a Congress flunkey. CNN-IBN is owned by Ambanis and most anchors are politically aligned to political parties or corporates. Times Now, I presume is owned by Times of India.

    I will continue.

    Nelson Lewis

  9. Thank you for Payour goodn words.

    I think that Arnab Goswami and Times Now may not have taken much interest in the Panama Paper Leaks, as they were not involved in the expose.

  10. In the past, I have written about the Bofors scandal where the so-called Mr. Clean made mind-boggling amounts along with other characters like Hindujas, Ne Win Chedda and others. Advocate B.N. Pai was defending his icons, tooth and nail.

    Many top honchos in Congress have made good amount of money, including the ex-IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi and his family.

    Yesterday, I saw Oscar Fernandes on the electronic media defending Sonia Gandhi and trying to highlight the amount of sacrifices she has made for the country. Any well informed people who have read, heard and kept a track of both these characters, would not trust them.

    What has Oscar Fernandes done for the country or for Mangaloreans? This man had come to Bahrain years ago, where many Mangaloreans had rushed to meet him and his family, shake hands and take photos and offer gifts. I saw his picture in the local English daily. He was playing a musical instrument and his young son, I presume, was with him. I do not know how good he is as a musician, probably a smaller version of Michael Jackson or Remo Fernandes.

  11. Before the end of communism, Italy was considered to be the most corrupt amongst non-communist European countries. Nevertheless, the Italian Courts have jailed two Italians who paid bribes and the copy of the judgement is in the hands of the media. Why cannot the Indian authorities find out the people who received mega-bucks and initiate criminal proceedings? Even Dr. Manmohan Singh should not be spared. He was the worst Prime Minister this country ever had. They should not spare even the ex-IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi and his family, who are scurrying away from media. If they have nothing to hide, why can they not face the media and the music?

    Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi, being the head of the Indian Air Force, should have been above reproach, but he himself is corrupt to the core.

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