Film director claims to have got threat calls
Film director Vipul Shah claimed to have received threat calls from unidentified people, asking him to remove a song based on the Hanuman Chalisa (prayer chant) from his yet-to-be released film London Dreams.mumbai Updated: Oct 05, 2009 01:39 IST
Film director Vipul Shah claimed to have received threat calls from unidentified people, asking him to remove a song based on the Hanuman Chalisa (prayer chant) from his yet-to-be released film London Dreams.
The film, produced by Head-start Films UK, with Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan in lead roles, is scheduled for release on October 30.
Salman Khan recites the Hanuman Chalisa in a crisis situation in the film.
“We have filmed the song in the most appropriate spirit of the revered hymns and the Lord,” Shah said, adding even the Cen-sor Board had cleared the song and scene without objection.
The film promos went on air four weeks ago.
Shah told Hindustan Times on Sunday that he got at least 15 to 20 calls last week.
“They (callers) are asking me to remove Hanuman Chalisa from the film or face the consequences,” Shah said. He, however, made it clear that he has not approached the police yet.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone (police) neither have I taken any legal action. I will prefer to wait and watch before initiating legal action,” Shah said, adding most of the threatening calls were made from landline numbers.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deven Bharati said if Shah files a complaint, the culprits would be brought to book.
“He (Shah) should come to the police if he has been threatened,” Bharati said.