Sunil Shetty Robbed In South Africa
Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty has claimed that costumes for a film he is currently shooting in Durban were stolen and hinted that it could be an organized crime in connivance with airport luggage handlers, an allegation that has perturbed the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA).
Sunil Shetty told that although it was the second time he had been robbed in South Africa, he remained unruffled and would return because he loved the country so much.
Sunil Shetty said, “I think this happens because (airport luggage handlers) can see what's in the luggage. The locks, I believe were clipped open within 10 minutes, which means it is organized."
This statement, especially the hint of organized crime, has upset the airport authorities, who have launched determined efforts to wipe out incident of luggage being tampered with ahead of the expected influx of tourists for the FIFA World Cup to be hosted across South Africa next year.
ACSA staff has asked the Bollywood star to verify his allegation, especially since he should have reported it to the airline and police at the airport.
"If he had reported it to the airline, they would have already been asking questions," ACSA spokesman Colin Naidoo told, adding that luggage is scanned by an automatic machine and cannot be seen by people before moving through a conveyor belt.
Sunil Shetty has also claimed that he had been robbed of $60,000 during a visit to Durban about 12 years ago, but did not give more details.
The actor, however, added that the incidents would not stop him coming back to South Africa as he had fallen in love with the country since he first came here.
"This probably happens to tourists anywhere and everywhere in the world. We learn to live with it now, because your love for (South Africa) is more than what you feel for what you lost." he said.
With his costumes, cameras and belts stolen, Sunil Shetty had to do some urgent shopping in Durban with the designer, for the film "No Problem" that he is shooting in the city with Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Sushmita Sen.
Sunil Shetty said he also plan to attend the FIFA World Cup next year with his son and nephews.