Veteran actor and filmmaker Manoj Kumar, of ‘Neelkamal’ and ‘Hariyali Aur Rasta’ fame, has decided to take a legal action against Shah Rukh Khan and the makers of ‘Om Shanti Om’ for releasing the movie in Japan without deleting the controversial scenes taking a dig at him.
“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 said to PTI.
The actor said that he will file a case seeking damages to the tune of Rs 100 crore for releasing the film.
“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", he said.
The veteran actor said that he fails to see how insulting a certain person could benefit a movie.
“I will take a serious action this time. I have no hard feelings for Shah Rukh and is happy that he is busy with his projects, but by insulting a person's image how can it be beneficial for your film,” he said to PTI.
“I don't know the date when I will go to the court. I would file civil and criminal proceedings against the producers. It should be anytime soon," he added.
‘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.
In 2008, the veteran actor who was upset with the spoof on him had got a court order asking the objectionable scenes to be deleted before the satellite screening.
“First time (late) Yash Chopra got Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan to my house and they said they will remove all those scenes from the film and then the things were sorted. But later, when they didn't do so, I told Yash Chopra about it and he said they have stabbed him in the back,” he said.
“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,” the veteran actor concluded.