DARK SIDE OF THE STARS: Not only Kapil Sharma but many Bollywood Stars and Sports Celebrities are promoting cricket betting through Ambani Book, Mahadev Book, Lion Book, Reddy Anna Book, Mango 777 Book, Kalyan Book, Bet Bhai Book

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LAST week ABI exposed how a comedian Kapil Sharma attended a Bookie’s party at Dubai and promoted cricket betting, now ABI is in possession of details that many Bollywood actors, actresses and cricketers are promoting cricket betting through social media sites. These celebrities are charging huge money from bookies.

The infamous bookie Saurabh Chandrakar (owner of Mahadev Book) had on its third anniversary on September 18, 2022 thrown a party for the bookies and punters at Fairmont Hotel, Trade Centre, Dubai. Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, Aftab Shivdasani, Comedian Kapil Sharma, Singer Sukhvinder Singh, actress Urvashi Rautela, Sophie Chaudhary, Nargis Fakhri, Daisy Shah, Ishita Raj, Neha Sharma, Shamita Shetty, Preeti Jhangiyani, Sneha Ullal, Sonali Sehgal, Ishita Dutta, Elnaaz and Giorgia Adriani (girlfriend of Arbaz Khan) attended the party. All these celebrities charged a huge amount to attend the party but Urvashi Rautela charged Rs 35 lakh and Sophie Chaudhary charged Rs 7 Lakh extra as they stayed back one more night in Dubai.

Sources said Mahadev Book spent Rs 35 crore on the party but unfortunately the social media credit is taken by Hitesh Khushlani and Sahil Khan of the Lion Book, which has created a fight between these two bookies. Actor Sahil Khan was signed as event coordinator of the party by Mahadev Book but he posted it as the success party of the Lion Book.

Cricket betting is illegal in India but Bollywood actors and actresses are frequently promoting this illegal business through social media sites. The celebrities claim that these are the legal betting sites of India and fans should play betting and earn lakhs and crores by depositing money with these betting sites. See:

1- Mahadev Book is being promoted by Shakti Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, Boman Irani, Raghuvanshi, B Praak, Prachi Desai, Daisy Shah, Mouni Roy, Huma Qureshi, Sapna Chaudhary, Niddhi Agrawal, Aditya and Hina Khan.

2- Ambani Book is being promoted by Shakti Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani, Vivek Oberoi, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Urvashi Rautela, Eisha Gupta and Ameesha Patel.

3- Reddy Anna Book is being promoted by Sunil Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Rashid Khan, Akash Chopra, Chrish Gayle, Urvashi Rautela, Nidhi Agrawal, Kajal Agrawal and Mauni Roy.

4- Mango 777 Book is being promoted by Shakti Kapoor, Karan Patel, Amit Tandon, Adhyayan Suman, Daisy Shah, Shamita Shetty, Sapna Chaudhary, Karishma Tanna, Madalsa Sharma, Zoya Afroz, Deepshikha Nagpal, Ambika Ranjankar, Roopal Tyagi, Falak Naaz, Sneha Ullal and Hina Khan.

5- Laser Book is being promoted by Mika Singh, Farah Khan and Sunny Leone.

6- SD Online Book is being promoted by AB De Viliars, Dwayne Bravo, Jordan, Kritika Mallik, Sofia and Sapna Chaudhary.

7- Play in EXCH Book is being promoted by Rajpal Yadav, Mallika Sherawat, Urfi Javed, Kainaat Arora, Vashika Anand, Nidhi Agrawal, Eisha Gupta, Nyara Banerjee, Zareen Khan, Kate Sharma, Nia Sharma, Sonali Raut, Ameesha Patel, Rashmi Desai, Shamita Shetty, Sneha Ullal, Hina Khan, Tamannah Bhatia, Kajal Agrawal, Sanjana Lagrani, Nandita Shwetha, Angel Rai, Himanshi Khurana, Ishita Maza, Daksha Nagarkar, Huma Qureshi, Tridha Chaudhary, Payal Rajput, Nabha Natesh, Tejaswi Prakash, Dhanshree, Avneet Kaur, Sakshi Malik.

8- Kalyan Book is being promoted by Khushi Mukherjee, Nisha Bhatt, Namrita Malla, Ankita Dave, Sapna Chaudhary, Sneha Ullal, Chinki Minki, Muskan Varshney, Nibhedita, Shivangi Verma and Urfi Javed.

9- Lotus 365 Book is being promoted by Urvashi Rautela only. AND….

10- Bet Bhai Book is being promoted by Shweta Appal and Prerna Sejpal.

This is a definite grey area, as while betting is illegal in India, there is no notice of various online betting sites mushrooming, which are operated by bookies outside India, but are frequented by Indians, who use these websites to indulge in betting activities. The Government should come with a direction, either to declare these online betting sites as illegal or legal, and do away with the legal ambiguity and loopholes that the current situation leads to. Either way, it is extremely shameful that such well known celebrities are promoting betting sites which can lead to addiction among the youth of the country, and can lead to extreme financial losses.

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