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Don tries to stop Gangster

Abu Salem says the Bollywood movie could influence court cases against him.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 17:00 IST

Abu Salem, accused of masterminding a dozen bombings that ripped through Mumbai's commercial centre in 1993 killing 257 people, says the film Gangster could influence court cases against him in Mumbai.

Salem is in custody after being extradited from Portugal last year and faces charges of murder, extortion, forgery and kidnapping, involving people working in the nation's film industry.

"We have requested the court view the film and decide on the fact whether it is based on his life," Salem's lawyer Ashok Sarogi told a news agency.

"If it is so, then the film should be banned because it can influence the judgement against Salem.

"The film-makers are convicting my client even before the conviction has come from the court."

Gangster, made by a company headed by one India's best-known film-makers Mahesh Bhatt, is set for release at the end of April and is the latest in a series of films about the Underworld. It stars Shiney Ahuja.

Bhatt denied the film was based on the life of Salem, a Muslim, and said shooting began before his extradition to Mumbai last year.

"My film is not even remotely connected with Salem's life. The protagonist of the film is a Hindu and not even Muslim."

"The media has hyped my film linking with Salem's story and therefore this controversy," he said.