Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and veteran actor Manoj Kumar have amicably settled their dispute over the spoof in Khan’s home production Om Shanti Om.
As per the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the actors, Khan has agreed to delete the spoof from all prints, CDs and other material of the film. In return, Kumar has agreed to withdraw the two civil suits and a criminal case he had filed against the Bollywood star.
Khan has stated in the MoU that the spoof in the film was not meant to belittle or hurt the veteran actor, who earned the title of ‘Bharat Kumar’ by producing and directing several patriotic films.
The MoU, signed by both parties on Tuesday, will be submitted to both courts to initiate withdrawal of the proceedings, said Kumar’s lawyer Ashok Sarogi.
Kumar had dragged Khan to court for not honouring the promise of deleting the sequence in Om Shanti Om that shows security guards of a movie theatre beating the hero up after he displays a driving licence showing his photo in Manoj Kumar’s trademark style — covering the face with his palm.
Kumar had asked Khan to delete the scene, to which he and Om Shanti Om director Farah Khan had agreed. But when the scene continued to be a part of the film, Kumar filed two civil suits and a criminal case against the director - producer duo before the televised premiere of the film.