Mumbai: Bollywood actor Manoj Kumar filed a lawsuit against superstar Shah Rukh Khan and film producers Eros International in a Mumbai court today. Manoj Kumar is seeking damages over certain scenes in 2007 film Om Shanti Om, which lampooned him. Earlier Shah Rukh Khan had apologised and promised to delete the scene but the film released in japan without deleting scenes to which Manoj Kumar has objected. The film was recently released in Japan with the scenes intact.
“The film was released in Japan without deleting those scenes. I had forgiven them twice but not this time. They have disrespected me. They also face contempt of court as in 2008 the court had asked them to forever and from all prints and broadcast material, delete those scenes,” Manoj Kumar told PTI earlier.
“I would file civil and criminal proceedings against the producers (Shah Rukh Khan and Eros International) for seeking damages to the tune of Rs 100 crore for showing Om Shanti Om in Japan without removing objectionable scenes as ordered by Mumbai civil court in 2008″, the actor said.
Manoj Kumar also mentioned that he has not any hard feelings for Shah Rukh Khan and also does not dislike him but that he could not ignore insult this time. He has already pardoned him earlier when the controversial scenes were being cut from the movie before being released in India. He told PTI, “I don’t have any personal clash with Shah Rukh Khan. He is a nice person, but when it comes to my self-respect, then I can’t compromise on it.” It seems that the actor is in no mood for settlement.
Manoj Kumar is an award-winning Indian actor and director in the Bollywood film industry. He is remembered for his films Hariyali Aur Raasta, Woh Kaun Thi?, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Do Badan, Upkar, Patthar Ke Sanam, Neel Kamal, Purab Aur Paschim and Roti Kapda Aur Makaan He is known for acting in and directing films with patriotic themes, and has been given the nickname “Bhaarat Kumar”.
Manoj Kumar took the producers of the film to court in 2008 over the scenes that spoofed him in Om Shanti Om. The court had asked the makers to remove all the scenes that were found distasteful by the actor from all the prints as well as broadcast material forever.
Om Shanti Om, a 2007 musical romcom had Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead. It was produced by Shah Rukh Khan and Eros International and directed by Farah Khan.
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