Two unidentified people allegedly threatened an actor for playing a character based on Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the 26/11 terrorist in custody of the city police, in a forthcoming movie.
Rajan Verma was on his way for the day’s shooting to a studio on the Malad-Mulund Link Road for the movie Total Ten on Thursday morning, when a man stopped his car and asked him his name, the Malad police said.
When Verma confirmed his name, the man asked him whether he was playing the role of Kasab, the police said. “The moment Verma said that he was, the man threatened him with dire consequences if he did not back out of the movie, and also tried to hit him,” said Police Sub-Inspector M. Herpude.
Herpude said that when Verma tried to escape and sit in his car, a second man broke the back window of the Honda City with a rock and the two fled before Verma could react.
Verma, a resident of Chincholi Bandar in Malad, then went on for his day’s shooting and later at 1 pm filed a case against two unidentified men with the Malad police. “We have registered a case of threat and damage to property,” said Herpude.
A police officer on condition of anonymity, however, said the incident could also be a publicity stunt. “The road Verma was traveling on is not isolated. When we inquired we found no witnesses to the incident and so the case could have been cooked up.”
Despite repeated attempts to contact him on his cellphone, Verma was not reachable.