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The Indian version of Richard Branson, flamboyant Vijay Mallya has been in soup for quite some time now. Here's the story of the man who from once "The King of Good Times" ended up with the worst times of his life possible. Image procured via Google Search
As a young lad in Bangalore, he was brought up more by his grandparents. It was during the early 60s that his parents separated and he went on to live with his mother in Kolkata. His father continued to live in Bangalore with a woman who already had 2 daughters of her own. Image procured via Google Search
Even though his mother did her bit for him to have a happy childhood, he still yearned to be with his estranged father who would hardly ever pay them a visit in Kolkata because he was busy with the "other woman". But eventually, as Vijay grew up he realised how fruitful could he be for his father's business. Image procured via Google Search
Vijay Mallya claimed that he never felt like a part of his father's second family that was stay put in Bangalore. Vittal Mallya was a strict disciplinarian and while Vijay rebelled against his needs & compulsions which he thought were not worthy enough worked for him later on in life. Image procured via Google Search
In an interview Vijay Mallya revealed that Vittal Mallya used to keep an account of every penny that he spent and so once when Vijay lost a 1p coin, his father actually made a note of "Rs 0.01 lost by Vijay". That is how Vijay learnt about how record keeping is important in business. Image procured via Google Search
While Vijay Mallya has travelled in buses and trams in Kolkata, he never wanted his kids to go through the same sort of struggle. He claims that it is "unsafe". But he also says that his daughters have had a very normal upbringing. Image procured via Google Search
Vittal Mallya used to give Vijay Mallya some pocket money which never used to last for more than a week. Guess, he has grown up to be the same as he was as a kid. Image procured via Google Search
Vijay Mallya is being chased by almost every institution in the country -- the banks, regulators and, finally, the judiciary -- for the Rs 9,000 crores he owes to the lenders. Image procured via Google Search
There was a time when Vijay Mallya loved doing normal stuff like a layman. He took his kids to watch "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" in California and he accepts that it made him feel elated. Image procured via Google Search
Vijay Mallya revealed in a candid interview that he is a very superstitious person. He doesn't believe doing certain things that are usually forbidden on Tuesdays and Saturdays. He is also a staunch believer in Rahu Kaal and Yamakandam (inauspicious time of day). Image procured via Google Search
Rekha Mallya who was also mothering 2 kids from her previous marriage took care of Vijay and his family really well. She was never money minded and didn't give too much importance to the wealth that Vijay Mallya possessed. Image procured via Google Search
When asked what appeals to him the most in a woman, Vijay Mallya revealed that nothing can replace dignity, grace and feminity is something that attracts the most in a woman. Image procured via Google Search
Women who are too inviting and volunteer themselves in an extremely outgoing manner, ticks off Vijay Mallya. He likes to believe that women should be a little bit aloof. In fact he said that he likes to work to a woman and that's what makes him feel motivated to impress her. Image procured via Google Search
Vijay Mallya has been married twice. His first wife was Sameera Tyabjee, who was an Air India flight attendant. Together, they had a son named Sidhartha 'Sid' Mallya. They eventually got divorced and he later got married to Rekha, who used to be his next door neighbour in Bangalore. Image Courtesy: Procured via Google Search
Rekha Mallya was first married to a coffee planter from Coorg - Pratap Chettiappa. Her second marriage was to Shahid Mahmood and she had two children with him - Laila and Kabir. Image Courtesy: Procured via Google Search
In 1983, at a young of 28, Vijay Mallya took over as the chairman of United Breweries (UB Group) after his father's untimely demise. Vijay Mallya was the unanimously chosen one as a successor after his father. Image Courtesy: Procured via Google Search.
Vijay Mallya transformed his father's legacy - The UB Group into a multi-billion dollar conglomerate. United Breweries went on to become the second largest spirits group in the world and has an evaluation of US $ 12 billion. Image procured via Google Search.
Did you know that Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher Beer controls more than 50 per cent market share of India's beer market! The beer is available in 52 countries outside India and leads the way among Indian beers in the international market. Image procured via Google Search.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Vijay Mallya and top executives of long-defunct Kingfisher airlines in a bank fraud case. Image Courtesy: Procured via Google Search