Salman, Aishwarya, Amitabh and more: Stars in legal trouble

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2015 11:25 IST

This seems to be a year of legal woes for Bollywood, with a host of actors getting embroiled in legal controversies. Controversy’s child Salman Khan, who got a breather in the hit-and-run case last month, has now been sued for Rs 250 crore by producer Vijay Gilani, who worked with him in Veer (2010).

The two had a rift over the film’s ­production rights, and the court had ruled in favour of Gilani. Now Gilani has filed a ­defamation case against Salman Khan. "A few months back, I won the case and now I have filed a case against Salman for ­defamation and have sued him for all the mental agony and harassment I have gone through," he was quoted as saying.

Galani has accused Salman of misconduct in professional behavior, mental agony and loss of reputation. Galani reportedley said, "I agreed to give Salman a signing amount of Rs 10 crores for Veer. In his entire career, Salman had not received this kind of a signing amount. In fact his entire fee for Yuvraaj and Wanted and other films during that period was around Rs 7-8 crore each. Even Salim Saab said this signing amount was unprecedented. Besides this amount, we agreed that Salman would get Rs 15 crore if and when there is an 'overflow' (profits made by the film). Salman completed the film happily. And I sold the film to Eros Entertainment. Eros, Salman and I drew up a tri-party agreement that the first overflow amount of Rs 15 crore would go to Salman."

Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan have a case filed against them for disrespecting the national flag during the India-Pakistan World Cup cricket match in February. The ­complainant Chetan Dhiman’s lawyer has claimed that the father-son duo wore the Indian flag in an insulting manner.

Complainant Chetan Dhiman has said the actors were seen with the national flag during the India-Pakistan World Cup cricket match in Adelaide on February 15. Dhiman's lawyer Sanjeev Sharma said the complainant and five of his friends saw the mega star wearing the national flag in an insulting manner. He added that by such an act, the internationally acclaimed cine star and his son downgraded India's reputation. The actors' act was covered under The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, and the Flag Code of India, 2002, and both should be summoned before the court to face trial, he added.

Abhishek’s wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been making headlines due to her upcoming ­project — a biopic on Sarabjit Singh, who was convicted of spying by a Pakistani court. Aishwarya is slated to play his sister Daljit Kaur, but now another sister of Sarabjit’s, Baljinder, has taken legal action against Aishwarya, as she feels that the film will ­portray her brother in a bad light.

The film's producer Sandeep Singh had said in a statement, "Yes, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be playing the role of Dalbir Kaur Singh. The role demanded a very strong character with a powerful aura, and Aishwarya perfectly fits the bill. She has given spectacular performances in all her previous movies and we are confident that she will do justice to this role. After producing Aligarh and co-producing Mary Kom, I realised that content driven films are my calling which further motivated me to take up Sarbjit. It will create an impact and inspire the audience as well as the youth worldwide."

Then there is Sunny Leone, who was dragged to court last month by a Mumbai ­housewife for ­posting obscene ­content on her ­official website. According to a Mumbai ­tabloid, Leone recorded a statement, saying, "The objectionable video clips circulating here are from when I was working in the adult film industry in the US. I have distanced myself from any such roles after ­becoming a part of the Indian film ­fraternity. I feel it would be improper to haunt me with the past when I am trying to move ahead in life."

We also told you about the recent complaint filed against actor Sunny Deol and director Chandra Prakash Dwivedi for the leaked trailer of their film, Mohalla Assi, that uses excessive foul language.

The complainant is an organisation, Sarvajan Jagruti Sanstha, whose members have alleged that not only does the film violate moral ethics, but it also shows Varanasi in poor light. The organisation filed the complaint at Bhelupur police station on Sunday. "The film hurts religious sentiments and we cannot allow such a film to be released," a complainant said.

Mohalla Assi, that also stars Ravi Kishen and Sakshi Tanwar, is based on a novel by noted Hindi writer Kashi Nath Singh that focuses on the life of a middle class family that earns its bread and butter by organising religious rituals. Played by Sunny Deol, the film’s lead character is a guy who likes to use cuss words in his daily conversations.

(HTC Report)

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