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'Shakti does not deserve a ban'

PTI | ByHTTabloid.com, New Delhi
Mar 21, 2005 12:15 PM IST

Besides a legion of fans, Suhaib Illiyasi also feels the ban imposed on Shakti Kapoor is wrong. birds of prey: Sexpose in verse

The man who put Shakti Kapoor in a hole now wants to dig him out of it. Besides a legion of fans, Suhaib Illiyasi also feels that the ban imposed on the Bollywood baddie is too harsh.

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The Film and TV Producers' Guild had on Monday urged its members not to engage Shakti in any work after a television channel apparently caught him asking for sexual favours on spy cam. In the video footage, he was also shown making unflattering remarks against well-known Bollywood personalities.

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In a statement the Guild said Shakti had been "completely irresponsible in his behaviour and utterances and must publicly apologise to all those whom he has insulted and slandered."

However the actor's chief-tormentor-turned-supporter feels the Guild has overreacted in the matter. "I am myself a Shakti Kapoor fan and appreciate him as an artiste. He has established himself in the film industry after a lot of hard work. I cannot endorse the decision by the Producers' Guild to ban him because acting is his profession. What else will he do if he is prevented from working in films? Remember, he has a wife and children to look after. Morally he may not have done the right thing, but as a professional he's very talented," he says.

According to India's Most Wanted Man, there are other ways to punish Shakti: "Let him face relevant charges under the law of the land. But why stop him from working? In fact I am thinking of writing to the Guild to revoke the ban."

Suhaib insists that his change of heart has not been prompted by the unexpected groundswell of sympathy for the beleaguered actor. "I have no regrets about the operation we launched against him. It was absolutely right to expose the 'casting couch' phenomenon in the film industry," he says.

No matter what Suhaib feels, Shakti is in no mood to forget and forgive. "He has been running the same episode non-stop even today. So I don't need him to talk in my favour now. If he's so keen, why doesn't he speak up against the ban on his own channel?" says Shakti while claiming that he has been framed.

Supran Sen, secretary general of the Film and TV Producers' Guild, also refuses to be swayed by Suhaib's sentiments. "We are not aware of Mr Illiyasi's views on the ban. However if he sends us a request, we will consider it. As of now, we believe that Shakti Kapoor made a grave mistake by naming legendary figures in a manner that doesn't befit their stature. He has in fact insulted the entire film industry. It was therefore an unanimous decision to impose the ban," he says.

 



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