Liquor baron Vijay Mallya who is ‘wanted’ in India for defaulting on loans worth crores was arrested in London on April 18. Within 10-minute of his arrest and hearing at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court he was granted bail. Indian media was full of reports about his arrest and possibilities of Mallya to be brought in India soon. But minutes after his bail he made fun at ‘Indian media hype’ over his arrest. He tweeted,“Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected.”
Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected.
— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) April 18, 2017
This is not the first time Mallya has given such statement. The business tycoon has a penchant of bashing media and coming out with weird statements. Here are some of his statements from the past.
- On being India’s Donald Trump (1998)
Back in 1998, during an interview Mallya was asked how he felt on being India’s Donald Trump. To which he replied, “Well, I don’t know Mr Trump personally, I’ve read a lot about him. He obviously likes to live his life, as I indeed do… but not yet anywhere near bankruptcy.” Well, little did he knew, how both Mr Mallya and Trump would be in headlines in 2016, of course for different reasons.
Watch the interview here:
- On his path to prosperity (2005)
In an interview to BBC he was asked “Two-thirds of India’s 1.2 billion live in poverty. Caste distinctions and lack of opportunity condemn many to stay poor throughout their lives. So doesn’t his charismatic lifestyle which includes a personal Boeing jet grate on those who have not benefited from India’s corporate-driven boom?” To which he replied, “Our culture in India is not a culture where we grudge each other. It’s not a culture where we are jealous of each other. I think we are a very respectful race, we tend to be somewhat subservient at times, but that is the beauty of India.”
- On Indians (2009)
This was the second time he spoke on Indians. He said, “Maybe that happens only in India. This jealousy factor is largely in India where if you live well, then people want you to fail.”
Watch the interview here:
- On his mission in life (2006)
In an interview to an English news channel he was asked about his mission in life. To which he replied, “If you ask me if I want to be a grass root politician and then a chief minister, then the answer is no. I am an industrialist and owe responsibility to my shareholders in UB, that is my primary focus. Whether that makes me eligible or ineligible as an MP is a matter of opinion.”
- On private ‘Vijay Mallya’ (2006)
In the same interview he confessed that there is a private Vijay Mallya. On being asked what kind of person is he in private life? To which he replied, “That’s none of your business.”
- On hiring gorgeous girls (2008)
In an interview to a UK based financial website, he was asked about the airline’s policy of employing pretty girls. He says, “At the end of the day, we want smart, pretty girls who meet our minimum height standards and maximum weight standards.” He further adds, “They then go through psychometric testing to establish whether they are service oriented.”
- On his luxurious life amidst business crisis (2013)
Despite all the business crisis the liquor baron remains passionate about cars and designer clothes. Talking about it he says, “At age 57 today, I still want to behave as if I was 26. But I am certainly not going to behave as if I am 75.”