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Mumbai´s Shivaji Intnl Airport Detention Of Cine Stars By Customs Intentional?
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While they garner popularity for their roles, films, style quotient and lifestyle, Bollywood celebrities have also been grabbing eyeballs for their frequent detentions at airports.

From Bipasha Basu to Anushka Sharma and Minissha Lamba, many celebrities have got a taste of detention at the Mumbai airport for carrying undisclosed assets. What is surprising is that the incidents have been very frequent.

"I am sure there are a bunch of people who are detained by the customs daily. When a celebrity is detained, the entire episode is blown out of proportion and finds itself in the media glare. I guess the airport officials are aware that the chances that they (the stars) carry huge (amounts of) money or valueables are higher so they become easy targets," Minissha's spokesperson said.

The actress was recently detained at the international airport while returning from the Cannes film festival. She was stopped at the airport as she possessed undeclared jewellery worth Rs 50 lakhs. Minissha was detained by a customs official when she was crossing the green channel at the airport.

On Monday, actress Anushka Sharma was detained by the customs for carrying undeclared diamond jewellery and two Christian Dior watches worth Rs 35 lakh. The actress was returning from Toronto via Singapore by an Air India flight after attending the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA).

"Anushka was detained and questioned regarding possession of jewellery and accessories for which all documents were produced and verified by customs. The entire process was dealt by customs in a fair manner," said the 25-year-old actress' spokesperson.


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