We’ve heard of actors going all out to praise their films. In this case, the opposite seems to have happened. The producers of the recently released movie, Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai, have filed a defamation case of Rs 1 crore against cast member Udita Goswami.
The allegation is that the actor has harmed the film’s credibility and caused financial losses by saying it’s a seven-year-old film in a media interview.
Co-producer Ragini Sona says, “I was surprised. Udita can’t give this kind of interview. Beggers can’t be choosers, and she doesn’t have anything to boast of. She has no business damaging my film. You can’t write off a film because it was shot seven years ago. Had she said that she has nothing to do with the film, I would have dealt with it differently.”
Ragini further adds, “My film is facing financial losses because quite a few journalists wrote that the film is old. There are films like Khosla Ka Ghosla, which did well because of their storylines. I won’t tolerate Udita harming my film, giving an interview a day before the release.”
The film, which is based on a struggling film director’s travails, also stars Suniel Shetty, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav and Neena Gupta.
Ragini’s advocate Ashok Saraogi, who filed the case on Friday, says, “The film was completed in 2012. Despite that, she gave a statement that’s affected the merit of the film. If you give the impression that this is a stale film, people won’t go to watch it. We have filed a defamation case with an injunction against negative publicity. The hearing will be in the High Court.”
When we contacted Udita (she was in Delhi with her family), she seemed oblivious to any legal proceedings. “I haven’t received any notice. If they are doing something like that, it would be foolish. I think this is a last-minute bid for publicity. An old film is an old film. Whoever interviewed me already knew that. What did they expect me to do? Lie?”
The hearing of the case is due on Tuesday at Bombay High Court and Udita will be back in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The actor adds, “Let them do whatever they want if they really doubt my intentions. I don’t plant stories; I am not the kind. And since when did people start suing someone for speaking the truth?”