Life of Rukhsana Sultana in spotlight after Sara Ali Khan, Amrita Singh approach court for ancestral property in Uttarakhand


Sara Ali Khan, who recently gave two back-to-back blockbusters namely Kedarnath   and Simmba, has approached a local court with her mother Amrita Singh staking their claims on an ancestral property. The mother-daughter duo filed a case after the last occupant of the house, Madhusudan, died of cancer recently.

Sara Ali Khan

The property in dispute is in Clement Town, which Amrita Singh and Sara Ali Khan claim should be handed over to them. Madhusudan’s father was an Air Force officer, whose daughter from his first wife was Rukhsana Sultana, Amrita Singh’s mother. Rushsana Sultana reportedly had close links with Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, during the Emergency.

Rukhsana was a known socialite and enjoyed huge political clout because of her proximity to Sanjay Gandhi. However, she withdrew from public life after the Emergency.

Website writes about her life, “Rukhsana was born as Meenu Bimbet, the daughter of Group Captain Madan Mohan Bimbet by his wife Zarina Haque. Group Captain Bimbet was a Hindu and an officer in the Indian Air Force. His wife Zarina was a Muslim, and the daughter of Mian Ehsan-ul-haque, sometime Chief Justice of the princely state of Bikaner in northern Rajasthan. Ehsan-ul-haque came from a landowning family, originally from Jalandhar in Punjab. His other daughter (Sultana’s maternal aunt) was the actress Begum Para, wife of actor, Nasir Khan, a brother of Dilip Kumar and mother of actor Ayub Khan.”

After Rukhsana’s father divorced her mother, he married one Asha Bimbat, from whom he had two children Madhusudan and Tahira Bimbat. Tahira too has approached the court staking her claim on the Clement Town property in Dehradun.

Given the high-profile nature of the case, the Uttarakhand’s BJP government has decided to stay neutral and avoid any immediate intervention in the case. “This is a civil court property dispute and we will not interfere in the matter,” Director General of Police (DGP) Anil Raturi was quoted by news agency IANS.

Sara’s debut film Kedarnath was shot in Uttarkhand as it was based on the devastating floods of 2013 in the hilly state. Her intimate scenes with a Muslim character in film, played by Sushant Singh Rajput had become hugely controversial with Hindutva outfits demanding ban on the film in the state. The film was later banned in Uttarakhand.