Travelling to a foreign country is always exciting because of all the new experiences and places we get to explore. But then, we cannot ignore the fact that sometimes, we do end up experiencing something traumatic on the way that may dampen our spirits. Actor Himansh Kohli recently went through such an experience. Himansh was in Venice for a music video shoot and was robbed off all his belongings while there.
I was travelling to Venice by road and right before exiting Switzerland, I stopped by this place called Fox Town. I was in the country to shoot my upcoming track ‘Mai Jinna Tenu Vekhi Jaavan’ which we shot at Milan and Potenza. I entered the place, parked my vehicle at the designated parking and came back after an hour. When I reached, I saw that the boot and all of the doors of my car were open. I rushed to see that it had nothing in it. I lost a lot of luggage and expensive things I shopped for my shoot and travel like clothes, bags, watches, accessories, etc. All my papers, including my passport, visa documents, identity proofs, and some cash was missing as well.
I went numb for a bit after. It’s traumatic to lose all your belongings, especially in a foreign land. It wasn’t like I was callous, but what had to happen, happened. The Police suggested that I contact the Indian embassy since I had lost all my travel documents. I went there and after much hassle, I was provided with an Emergency Certificate to be able to go to Milan because that was my final stop of the trip.
Himansh says that he is stressed because he will be stuck here in the country until he gets his passport. However, he is grateful for all the help he got from the authorities and everyone concerned.
I really want to thank the Indian Embassy for issuing me the Emergency Certificate, the Italian Government who coordinated for my travel to Milan, the Swiss Police who is still looking for my stuff and the Light and Sound Team from Times Music who is still helping me with necessary things. I am returning to India on Friday and reminded of the song Ghar Aaja Pardesi Tera Desh Bulaye Re from Dilwale Dulhaniyan Le Jayenge!
Love how he found a Bollywood reference to relate to even in this situation!