Under fire for their name being involved in the David Headley controversy, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and his family is finding opposition from another familiar quarter.
In an interview to HT City, famous playback singer Abhijit Bhattacharya has said that an enquiry be ordered against filmmakers Mahesh Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt and Pooja Bhatt “for importing artists from Pakistan on a tourist visa and then committing a crime by letting them stay here.”
“The family is importing artists from Pakistan with a motive. They have introduced 30 artists from Pakistan and most of them are untalented. Only 2 or 3 of these singers are working in India now. Where are the rest? They have definitely not gone back,” says Abhijit. “Pakistani artists are not given a work permit. They are here on a tourist visa and the Bhatts are committing a crime by letting them stay here for long. I’m also aware that the Bhatts personally go to Delhi to make sure these artists get the visa. There has to be some motive behind it.”
Abhijit’s comments came at the time when the family was grappling with media queries following their attendance at Moksha Gym instructor Vilas Warak’s wedding on Tuesday night. It may be recalled that Warak’s name had figured, along with Bhatt’s son Rahul, in the Headley case. Reacting to Abhijit’s allegations, Pooja Bhatt said, “He is saying this because our production companies have never got him to sing in any of our films. The gentleman is going through mental recession.”