IT’S A potboiler of sorts. And the film industry is on its seat’s edge, watching the events unfold. First it was the Sanjay Dutt verdict and now Salman Khan’s.
With the Jodhpur District and Sessions Court’s announcing its decision on Friday, the fate of Khan’s incomplete films hangs in limbo.
The approximate amount of money riding on the 41-year-old actor is, take a deep breath, Rs 100 crore! The projects in trouble are Rumy Jaffrey’s God Tussi Great Ho (Rs 30 crore), Sameer Karnik’s Mera Bharat Mahaan (Rs 20 crore), Atul Agnihotri’s Hello (Rs 20 crore), Prabhu Deva’s Wanted — Dead and Alive (Rs 25 crore) and Subhash Ghai’s Main Yuvraj (Rs 30 crore).
However, two other films — Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya and Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om — in which Khan does a cameo, are complete and scheduled to release in the coming months.
Once the verdict was out, there was a whirlwind of rumours on his whereabouts. Khan, who was in shooting in Hyderabad for Wanted..., was expected to leave for Jodhpur on Thursday to appear in the court. He apparently even left the Hyderabad studio on the pretext of heading to Jodhpur.
However, friend Puneet Issar (Duryodhan of teleserial Mahabharat fame) who directed Khan in Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) said: “It is not true. He never went to Jodhpur.”
As the day progressed, it was learnt the actor was actually cooped up at his Bandra residence. Confirming this, Issar said: “He’s been home the whole day. His friends, including me were with him.”
Speaking to HT over the phone, Issar even claimed to be sitting next to the actor.
Changing track, Issar lashed out against the media saying: “Everyone is making a mountain out of a molehill. Salman has become a joker in the
media circus.” Issar further added: “He’s not running away anywhere. Elsewhere, it’s the court of law that declares if a person is guilty or not. In our country, it’s the media.”
On Khan’s next action, the director said: “Salman’s lawyers are working on the case. Salman will appeal in the High Court. Let the law take its own course.”