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05 March 2024

Ayesha Takiya-Siddharth Mallya in Twitter war

By Ajanta Paul

Bollywood actress Ayesha Takia sent a series of distressed tweets two days back.

It all seemed incoherent, but the crux seemed to be this: Ayesha’s sister, Natasha Takia was at the Kingfisher Airlines counter at New Delhi airport when a Kingfisher staff named Vinay Podwal tore up her boarding pass and misbehaved with her.

So venting out her anger on twitter Ayesha went on and on tweeting one statement after another.

“The worst airline, Kingfisher!!!shockingly baddddddddddd airport staff behavior at Delhi airport with my sister. We are going to take serious action against this and go to court with it, let the law handle it, so that this does not happen to any girl again (sic).”

The fuming actress went on to say, “Is this how a girl alone at an airport gets treated by the staff of the airline she is flying. She is unwell and has a horrible backache, can't believe this happened to her right now. My heart is beating so fast with anger that a girl at an airport gets treated this way by airport staff! He is at the kingfisher counter (sic).”

 "Kingfisher staff Vinay Podwal just threatened and yelled at my sister saying he can throw anyone out and TORE her boarding pass! This disgustingly behaved Kingfisher staff called Vinay Podwal just tore my sister's boarding pass and misbehaved with her. How can this happen? How dare this Vinay Podwal misbehave with a passenger and tear her boarding pass? It could be any one of u. think about it (sic)," she said on the microblogging site.

What can be understood from the tweets by @flykingfisher was that, Natasha was booked on Kingfisher to fly from Kathmandu to Mumbai, via New Delhi. Kingfisher had seemingly cancelled their flight and put her on an Air India flight to New Delhi. That flight landed late in New Delhi and Natasha missed her connecting Kingfisher flight to Mumbai.

In comes Sidhartha Mallya, son of Chairman of Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya. And so the twitter war began.

And going by the tweets this business boy didn't handle the matter very well.

He wrote: "een getting retweets about Ayesha Takia & KFA. not too sure who she is, an actor of some sorts?? But it seems something has upset her!!"
"Don’t know why Ayesha Takia is tweeting so much when she wasn’t even present. There are always two sides to a story. Pipe down love".

Mallya scion's sarcastic tweets are uncharacteristic of the kind of service Kingfisher provides.

Ayesha seems to have noticed his tweets and there she goes again.
"Well any indian citizen can stand up for their rites if treated badly,and I don’t have to be anyone u know sidharth mallya!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"u wernt there either so don’t b condescending and defend ur freakin staff,first find out wot happend!u clearly r unaware of ALOT sidharth m! "
"My sis is a normal indian girl traveling economy so ofcourse u won’t giv a shit,I know the whole story coz it happend 2 my sister therefore "
"I will rant siddharth mallaya,,wot will u DO!!!!!this Is ur way of dealing with a hospitality buiseness!!!wow!!learn manners n respect!!! "

Interestingly in comes the suave and charming father Vijay Mallya.

Mallya senior tweeted: "My personal apologies 2 Natasha Ayesha Takia's sister if she was disappointed with our service. Will have her allegations fully investigated."

In response, Ayesha Takia tweeted: "I just read the tweet from Mr Vijay Mallya.. I appreciate the response and hope the matter is seriously looked into and dealt with."

Siddharth Mallya can do with few lessons of hospitality from his father Vijay Mallya.

While Ayesha Takia got a lot of support from people on twitter, Siddharth Mallya has been termed as arrogant and pompous by people on the microblogging site.