A ring and a necklace worth Rs. 80 lakh to 1 crore was stolen from Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao’s Bandra residence. Once the formal complaint was lodged with the Khar police station on November 24, the usual first suspects are the helps and close aides. Three such aides have been constantly questioned by the police for the over a week now.
One of them is Farzana Sheikh, a 50 year old cook proud to be at Aamir’s service. It is for the first time that she and her family, who have been associated with Aamir’s household for over 18 years, are bitter about their loyalty and dedication. Apart from Farzana, the two other prime suspects are Kiran’s assistant Suzanna and the domestic help Jhumki.
“Is this what she is getting after so many years of loyalty?” questioned her mother, Kesar Begum, as reported by Mid-Day.
Farzana was so dedicated that she would even diligently go for her chores in the holy month of Ramadan. “Even during Ramadan, she never used to come home; we had to go meet her at Aamir’s house. That’s how loyal she is to her work. And this is what she is getting in return,” said Kesar Begum, who was once used to work at Aamir’s household.
Following the usual process of investigating the suspects, the police also searched Farzana’s home and all their belongings. “They even searched the containers in which we keep daal, but found nothing. I am scared, because I don’t want the police to manhandle or hurt my daughter. I have faith in Farzana — she would never do something like this,” added Kesar, the 78 years old heartbroken mother of Farzana.
Shedding light on her family’s association with Aamir’s house, Kesar also said that her brother and son have also worked for him. “Farzana has been at Aamir’s house ever since she was eight years old. For a few years, she went to work in Singapore with her sister, but after returning, she has been cooking for Aamir for 18 years straight. They (the Khans) have always treated her as their own, then why are the cops questioning her for hours and every day?” questioned Kesar.
Feeling betrayed, Farzana’s sister echoed, “My sister has been working there for so many years, and today, she is being taken to the police station every day for questioning. Is this what we get for being loyal for so many years? Hamein Aamir Khan se yeh ummeed nahi thi (We didn’t expect this from Aamir Khan).”
Farzana would also accompany Aamir for his outdoor shoots. Her younger son, Syed Arbaaz Ali recalled that whether in India or abroad, Aamir would never leave for shoots without Farzana. “He loves her cooking so much that he cannot do without it. She, Farzana knows his diet perfectly and cooks for him accordingly. Whether it was for Dhoom 3, for which she went to Chicago with him, or even for Dangal, for which she went to Punjab, my mother would follow him everywhere. He follows a very strict diet and breaks it only once a week, and only so he can taste the kebabs that my mother makes.”
“The police have been asking us how many years ago did we buy gold jewellery, who are the unknown numbers calling on our phones, and why was Farzana in Singapore. How can we keep a record of all this? concluded Kesar.