Whodunnit – The Missing 100 crores Last week all the news channels were reporting an income tax raid on a mall in Noida, in the basement where they suspected some 100 crores cash was kept, the basement belonging to Ponty Chadda. He is the undisputed king of liquor business in North india, and a real estate moghul in UP. They could not spot the door to the basement vault, suddenly one of the officers pressed a switch hidden behind a painting, and suddenly the walls opened magically to reveal a large solid steel vault. In this case , gas cutters had to be put to work, to cut open the three door vault, while the 20 tax officials peered anxiously waiting with bated breaths to find out what the vault held. Meanwhile the media got to work, and flashed that 100 crores cash had been found, and as suddenely the news disappeared from the news the next day, an eerie silence and I too forgot about it, till the Economic Times of 15th Feb, that is yesterday, came out with a story that is hard to believe. Seems they found just 2 notes of 50 ruppes each, that means a total of 100 bucks, instead of the 100 crores they suspected to be found !!!!! When they raided the office of Chadda, they found out that the hard disks of the computers had been formatted just 24 hours ago, indicating that the news of the raid had leaked, and precautions were taken !!!!! What a case for bollywood movie eh ! Real life is more interesting, than what the filmi writers can come up with .This reminds me of this other incident, that too is interesting, I have blogged about it around 5 years back, but I bring it up now again as it has an uncanny similarity with this case. When RD Burman died, his second wife Asha Bhonsle went to check his lockers, and she found a brand new 5 ruppee note inside, HAHA. Here is the internet version of it, in case u don’t believe me. How did RD Burman fall on bad days, I can never understand. He minted money in his hey days which lasted from the mid sixties, with Teesri Manzil, to the mid eighties, where his name sold, as soon it was announced RD, the moive was sold there and then, and if Rajesh khanna was starring, the moneybags would just come in. Even if he flopped later, where did the money go ? I have always wondered, how come so many successful people who made pots of money, die in penury.lets look at some cases, that I have read over theyears. Manmohan Desai , the producer of so many famous movies like Amar Akbar Anthony, commited suicide, from his building, bcs his son kept the negatives of his movies to finance a new movie, which flopped, and he lost his life time’s rights to the movies, which are making pots of money for the new owners. Bhawan Dada, they say, started to act as an extra, to finance his drinking habits and sold off the rights to all his famous movies, died in penury. Rajesh khanna’s bunglow Ashirwad, was to be auctioned off by the IT aurthorities. Where did his money go, so much that he earned in the seventies. I heard he used to charge 10 lakhs per movie then, if he had bought an apartment worth 10 lakhs then say in Cuff parade in Jolly Towers, the 2500 sq feet apartment could have come at 100 a sq feet, that is 2.50 lakhs , so 4 such apartments from the fees of one movie, last week that one apartment was sold for 30 crores, which means his 4 apartments could fetch him 120 crores at today’s rates eh !!!! So Rajesh Khanna was earning by todays property prices, 100 crores per movie, and at any given time he had a dozen movies on hand. I guess all the money went in entertaining usless friends, and today when he is in dire straits , no one comes, just his son in law Akshay they say bailed him out. No message here from me, just some things I found interesting and put forward to u friends. KAMAL MAHTANI A underage boy goes to a strip club.the mother finds out and is very angry, and she asks him “ Did u see anything there that u were not supposed to see ?” The boy said “ Yes, I saw Dad there “ !!! I love you Jaan, my sweet heart. Send this sMS to 10 girls and win a lovely prize. 2 days in a police station, 3 nights food, sleeping boarding lodging, And free body massage too !!! Written behind the seat of a Bus Driver Agar Khuda ne Chaha, To manzil tak pahucha doonga . Agar Chuki Nazar, to Maa kasam, Khuda se hi mila doonga !!!