Actor Govinda may be a hero for film buffs, but for his brother-in-law, he is nothing short of a villain.
Producer Praveen Khanna, who is married to the former MP’s elder sister, Kamini, has slapped a case against the actor alleging that he hit him and threatened to kill him. The incident took place last week during a meeting of the Indian Motion Pictures’ Producers Association (IMPPA) in Mumbai.
“Govinda abused me in the filthiest language and pushed aside the committee members. He tried to hit me with a water bottle and threw a plate full of sandwiches at me. He even threatened to kill me,” says Khanna, 59.
The rift between the two started way back in 1996, when Khanna launched a film called Dil Laga Ke Dekho starring Govinda. Over a financial disagreement, Govinda allegedly refused to complete the shoot. The film was ultimately shelved in 2003. Khanna filed a complaint against the actor in 2009 with IMPAA, but he did not show up for any hearings until last week.
While Govinda kept mum, his secretary, Shashi Sinha, denies the incident. “Yeh insaan (Khanna) jooth bol raha hai. He is the one who started abusing Govinda and accused him of cheating,” he says. Govinda’s daughter, Narmmadaa, too, spoke out in support of her father, saying, “Don’t pay heed to what that man is saying, woh aadmi kuchh bhi bolta hai.”
Khanna’s daughter, Ragini, a well known TV actor, refused to comment.