Former Bollywood actress has been detained in Kenya with husband Vijay Goswami at the Port Police Station in Mombasa. The couple has been charged with drug trafficking.
Kulkarni, who was a Bollywood siren in the Nineties, has resurfaced in news after after disappearing from the limelight more than a decade ago. Mamta was last seen in Dev Anand’s Censor which released in 2001.
The actress is now in her 40s, has converted to Islam and shifted to Nairobi after leading an anonymous life in Dubai for a while. She has also been managing a leading real-estate and hotel business in Dubai.
Mamta, now grey-haired and bespectacled, came into spotlight when a Dubai-based newspaper spotted her in Dubai jail. Earlier reports about Mamta suggested that she had shifted to Dubai with her boyfriend and international drug kingpin Vijay ‘Vicky’ Goswami. In 1997, Vicky was arrested in Dubai for trafficking 11.5 tonne of mandrax and was sentenced for life for 25 years, as per Dubai laws.
Sources said Mamta was spotted in Dubai jail when she went to visit Vicky. The 52-year-old don’s sentence was reduced to 15 years owing to his good conduct, and Vicky was released November 15 last year.
Vicky converted to Islam while in prison and married Mamta, who now manages his business. After his release, the couple has shifted to Nairobi where Vicky spent several years of his initial life.
Vicky’s release has also created ripples in the African media. As per reports in a prominent South-African daily, Mail & Guardian, Vicky first came to South Africa in 1994 and acquired property, luxury cars and shares in companies allegedly linked to money laundering and was involved in various drug related cases.