MUMBAI (NEWS): Veteran actor Manoj Kumar finally filed a lawsuit in a court here on Tuesday against Shahrukh Khan for retaining the spoof on him in the 2007 film Om Shanti Om.
The controversy has arisen after the recent release of Om Shanti Om in Japan without deleting the spoof on Manoj Kumar.
The hearing begins on April 6.
In the film which has been directed by Farah Khan, 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 apologized to Manoj Kumar.
“I was completely wrong…If he is hurt, I apologize. 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.
A Mumbai court in 2008 had ordered that the objectionable portion in the film be deleted before its television premiere.
But the prints of Om Shanti Om released in Japan still retain the spoof, which angered Manoj Kumar.
“I feel cheated, and therefore saddened. I was anxious to know if they have removed those scenes or not. I am a trusting human being. When they (Farah Khan and Shahrukh Khan) told me they had removed them, I accepted it. But then I got the feedback that those scenes have not been removed. I think you’ll agree with me when I feel that I must take the strongest legal action against these people who have ridiculed me. I will punish any person who hits me below the belt. There came a time when even Gandhiji had to say, ‘It’s do or die’. They’re behaving with me like pimps and defaming me like a prostitute,’’ Manoj Kumar had told veteran journalist Subhash K. Jha in a recent interview.