The year 2015 seems to be legally very inauspicious for Salman Khan. After being convicted for the Hit and Run case, the Bollywood Bhai has now been sued by a producer who has filed a defamation case of Rs. 250 crore against the actor in the court. What’s more, even the court has ruled in the favor of the producer.
Who is the Producer?
Remember the flop movie Veer: An Epic Love Story of a Warrior starring Salman Khan? Well, the producer Vijay Galani who has sued the Bajrangi Bhaijan star is none other than the producer of this fateful film which if you remember was also written by Salman Khan (Btw he described it as his dream project).
What is the Background of Salman Khan and Vijay Galani’s Problem?
Well, Galani who was producing the movie Veer had agreed to give Salman Khan a signing amount of Rs 10 crore. Besides this 10 crore, it was also mutually agreed that if there is an overflow i.e. if the movie make profits, Salman Khan would get an additional Rs 15 crore as a bonus. Next, Salman completed the film and the producer sold the film to Eros Entertainment. The trio – Salman Khan, Vijay Galani (the producer) and Eros then signed a tri-party agreement which confirmed that the first Rs 15 crore made out of profits, would go to Salman.
We all know the film didn’t make any profits. However, the producer received a letter from Salman Khan’s office asking him to show the OC (original copy) of the agreement. A day before receiving the letter the producer was at Salman’s place, and Salman had asked him to ignore a letter which he (the producer) was expected to receive from his (Salman Khan) manager.
However, he received another letter wherein it was mentioned that Salman Khan finds the Rs. 15 crore agreement unacceptable. According to the producer, when Salman was working on the project he was fine with it and then laterall of a sudden he woke up saying he has issues with the overflow.
But, why is the producer now Filing a Defamation case against Salman Khan?
This issue went a step ahead to CINTAA (The Cine & TV Artistes Association). However, since the agreement was on paper, and the movie had made no profits, CINTAA ruled in the producer’s favour. In addition, he also took help from the Producers’ association. Meantime, Salman Khan took his complaint to the Federation Of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE). But, the producer again stated that there were no profits.
Next, FWICE issued a non-cooperation letter against the producer, which according to him was not only invalid, but also baseless. This happened in 2012 and as per this directive the producer was not allowed to make any another film till he cleared Salman’s due.
Feeling helpless the producer then decided to knock the door of the court. The court not only questioned Salman Khan’s demand of Rs. 15 crore, but also the basis of the non-cooperation letter that was issued to the producer. The man representing Salman Khan had no reply to any of these questions, and so the court’s decision went in favor of the producer who issued an absolute stay on the non-cooperation letter sent to the producer.
“Who will give me back the 3 years that I’ve lost?” ~ Veer Producer
In a statement to the press, the producer stated that because of this case, he had to go through a lot of mental agony for the last three years. No wonder, the producer was rendered jobless since he was banned for making films. Moreover, the huge amount of money that he spent on the lawyers has now left him drained. This is the reason why he has sued the actor with a Rs 250-crore defamation case for mental harassment, mental agony and loss of face.
“Who will give me back the 3 years that I’ve lost?” the producer asks.