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Bollywood Music director Ismail Darbar in troubled ‘affair’

Last Updated: Monday, March 23, 2009 - 00:00

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai, March 23: Music director Ismail Darbar’s lady luck is not singing the right notes. His life has turned into a mess after ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007’ contestant Poonam Yadav attempted suicide this Saturday. Rumours are rife that her reason for suicide was an aborted affair with the music director. Darbar is denying the charges vehemently, but he has not been able to quieten the rumours.
Poonam is currently out of danger but she hasn`t given her statement to the police.

Darbar was Poonam’s mentor on ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’, and the two were rumoured to have shared a close relationship.

A close friend of Poonam said from Lucknow, where the incident happened, “Poonam`s mother said that she complained of a headache after which she consumed her mother`s blood pressure and asthma medicines by mistake. But the doctors said that Poonam consumed a large dose of sleeping pills, which was enough to put her life in danger. It`s not like she consumed one or two sleeping pills. It is a clear case of a suicide attempt.”

The friend added, “Apparently, the reason behind Poonam`s suicide attempt is an abortion she had six months ago. We also heard that a few weeks ago, Poonam and Ismail were spotted together at some festival at Varanasi.”

Apparently, the Poonam-Ismail relationship was much more than that of a mentor and student.

“Last year, Poonam had told me that Ismail Darbar had got her a flat in Mumbai and that she is going to shift to Mumbai. She was quite optimistic as she thought she would make it big as a playback singer. She must have eventually realised that she was only being used,” the source informed a news daily.

Ismail Darbar has denied all the rumours doing the rounds. He claims he lost touch with the star-crossed girl six months ago, after the show. His reaction on having a relationship with the young singer were, “Ya Allah! No, I had no idea about any such thing. Aisa kuchh nahin tha. I have always guided her like a daughter.”

Ismail has claimed that he has not been able to contact Poonam because he is busy with the last rites of his mother in Surat. Despite having shared an excellent rapport with Poonam, Ismail does not plan to visit her. He said, “At the most I will call her up and ask her why she did this. I can`t ask her anything beyond this. And if anyone is trying to malign my name, I will not take it lying down.”

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First Published: Monday, March 23, 2009 - 00:00

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