Salman Khan at the trailer launch of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” in Mumbai, June 18. (Press Trust of India)
Salman Khan has been slapped with a Rs. 250 crore lawsuit by the producer of his 2010 film “Veer,” seeking compensation for financial loss and defamation.
Producer Vijay Galani claims he had agreed to pay Salman, Rs. 10 crore for “Veer” as the signing amount and had promised another Rs. 15 crore if the film made profit.
Though the film bombed at the box office, causing loss to Galani, the actor demanded Rs. 15 crore, he has alleged.
“I took up this issue with Salman on several occasions and told him that as the movie did not do well, I cannot give him Rs. 15 crore. But Salman refused to discuss the issue and said his lawyers will handle it,” Galani told PTI.
In October 2010, Salman filed a complaint with the Cine TV Artists Association, which asked the producer to pay Rs. 15 crore to the actor. When Galani refused to pay, the matter reached Federation of Western India Cine Employees, which also upheld Salman’s case.
“I approached the City Civil Court against the actor and the two associations (over demand of Rs. 15 crore by Salman). The court passed an order in my favor. Last month, I issued a legal notice to Salman for defaming me, causing loss of business and reputation and causing mental agony and harassment,” Galani said.
The producer said he has sought Rs. 200 crore as compensation for defamation and Rs. 50 crore for financial loss.
Despite repeated attempts, there was no response from Salman or his managers.
Salman Khan, 49, is currently out on bail after being convicted in the 2002 hit-and-run case.