MUMBAI (NEWS): Manoj Kumar is furious that Farah Khan has not kept her word to delete the objectionable portion in the 2007 blockbuster Om Shanti Om which was released in Japan last week. The veteran actor says he will take legal against the makers of the film.
The film, co-produced by Shahrukh Khan and his wife Gauri and directed by Farah Khan, has a spoof on Manoj Kumar.
In the film, Shahrukh Khan’s character steals the entry pass from Manoj Kumar’s character for the premiere of a film. And as Manoj Kumar’s character tries to enter the movie theatre without the pass, police beat him up as they don’t recognize him.
Manoj Kumar had gone to court six years ago in Nov 2007 when the film was released to have the portion removed
Shahrukh Khan had pologized to Manoj Kumar.
“I was completely wrong…If he is hurt, I apologise. I called him in the afternoon, and the first thing he said to me was: `it is no big deal, son’,” Shahrukh Khan had said at that time.
In fact, a Mumbai court in 2008 had ordered that the objectionable portion in the film be deleted before its television premiere.
But now it is learnt that the prints of Om Shanti Om being screened in Japan still have this objectionable portion.
Furious at it, Manoj Kumar says his lawyers are looking into the matter and he will take legal action against the makers of Om Shanti Om.
But director Farah Khan, who was in Japan for the premiere of Om Shanti Om, was quoted as saying that she has not seen the film in Japan.
“So, I really don’t know if the scenes were there. We had deleted his scenes six years ago. If some old print was sent overseas then I can’t be held responsible for that. Manoj ji and we are friends and I’m sure he is happy for us that the film is doing well in Japan. It’s good to see an Indian film getting a good response internationally,’’ Farah was quoted as saying.
Actually, it is Farah Khan had written the spoof involving Manoj Kumar’s look-alike.
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