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Bookies unhappy with Aamir?s stand

As Khan refused to apologise to people of Gujarat, bookmakers will boycott Fanaa, writes Manish Pachouly.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 02:57 IST

Aamir Khan’s support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has earned him several detractors. Now, even bookies are unhappy with the actor.

With Khan refusing to apologise to the people of Gujarat, the bookmakers have decided to boycott Fanaa, which has run into rough weather in Gujarat and multiplexes all over the country.

The bookies had earlier planned to accept bets on the film thinking that the actor would apologise for giving active support to the NBA. However, with Aamir refusing to budge, a large number of bookies from Gujarat have not only refused to place bets, but also influenced their counterparts across the country.

Earlier, the bookies had expected a business of Rs 250 crore to Rs 300 crore by betting on the film’s success. The bookies have decided to boycott Aamir till he apologises or backs out of the issue.

Meanwhile, some pirated CDs of the film are said to have reached Mumbai and Gujarat from Pakistan via the Kutch border. Sources in the business said the copies reached Mumbai on Wednesday evening. About 10 to 15 copies with camera prints came to the city and the same were further copied. Those in CD/DVD business said that about 10,000 copies would be circulated in the city by Friday and Saturday.

First Published: May 26, 2006 01:57 IST