I am going to sue the makers of Dabangg," says 45-year-old Om Prakash Jakhar, who has had a harrowing time ever since the publicity for the Salman Khan-starrer began.
In the background of the hit film’s posters are four phone numbers, belonging to Jakhar’s family and the school that he runs in Rajasthan’s Fatehpur Shekhawati. 20 days ago, when life size posters of the film were put up across the country, Jakhar began receiving calls from people asking to speak with Chulbul Pandey and Munni — Salman Khan and Malaika Arora’s characters from Dabangg. However, ever since the film released, all hell broke loose.
"The film has made my life hell! I get around 500 calls a day. I am unable to concentrate on my work. People call and when I tell them it’s a wrong number, they abuse me. I even get calls from Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and Switzerland," says Jakhar. "I want them to remove the posters or change the numbers. But all attempts to contact the film-makers have failed. I have now decided to take the film-makers to court, as a last resort." Jakhar, who has no intention of watching Dabangg, reasons that since he’s had the numbers for a long time, it is not feasible for him to change all of them.
Producer-actor Arbaaz Khan defends, "I am amazed people spotted the number... we didn’t even notice it. I apologise for the inconvenience it has caused him." The film’s art director, Rahul Nanda, who designed the poster, adds, "We took several newspaper clippings to prepare the art work. This just happened to be one of them. We didn’t notice any phone numbers while finalising the poster."
In the past, phone numbers accidentally highlighted in Ghajini, Milenge Milenge and Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein have also caused distress to people who owned the numbers.