Nassau County Police in New York are seeking information on the
whereabouts of the Bollywood Movie Awards, last seen on May 26, 2007, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island.
The BMAs, as they were affectionately called, were reported missing last May and have not been found, despite frantic efforts by American and Indian search and rescue teams.
â€œWeâ€™ve searched by land, by water and by air,â€ said Nassau County Police spokesman Scott Hansen. â€œWe even sent divers to the bottom of the East River. The only thing they found was a rusted trophy won by David Hasselhoff at the 2005 BMAs.â€
Hansen said the police department has received dozens of calls from concerned citizens about the BMAs. â€œOne man was particularly distraught,â€ Hansen said. â€œHe said he cannot survive another year without seeing Bipasha Basu in a tight dress.â€
Hansen said foul play is not suspected, but police are looking into various possibilities. They have interviewed a number of past BMA nominees who didnâ€™t win an award. But most did not attend the show, so their disappointment, if any, was minimal, Hansen said.
â€œThatâ€™s the thing about the BMAs,â€ Hansen said. â€œThey always strived to make people happy. Almost all celebrities who were willing to attend the show were given an award. Special awards were created for them if necessary.â€
But he acknowledged that police had questioned Aamir Khan, who they suspect has held a grudge since 1999, when Shahrukh Khan won a BMA for â€œBest Sensational Performance.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know much about Bollywood,â€ Hansen said, â€œbut I hear that Aamir believes heâ€™s more sensational than Shahrukh.â€
Action hero Steven Seagal, who won the BMAâ€™s â€œHumanitarian Awardâ€ in 2001, is among several Hollywood celebrities who have expressed shock and concern about their disappearance.
â€œI hope we can find them,â€ Seagal said. â€œAs far as Iâ€™m concerned, the BMAs are better than the Academy Awards. They gave me an award and they even let me sing. The Academy Awards wonâ€™t even let me in the building.â€ Continue reading →