Mumbai: ‘Veer’ maker Vijay Galani has sent a legal notice to actor Salman Khan, demanding Rs 250 crore for “mental agony, harassment and loss of face”.
Galani alleged in his notice that “Salman suggested I produce Veer for him. I agreed. Anil Sharma was chosen to direct this lavish film”. He added: “I agreed to give Salman a signing amount of Rs 10 crore. Besides this amount, we agreed Salman would get Rs 15 crore if and when there was an ‘overflow’or profit. Salman completed the film. And I sold it to Eros Entertainment. Eros, Salman and I drew up a tri-party agreement that the first overflow amount of Rs 15 crore would go to Salman.”
Galani said that Veer bombed. It was released in January 2010. In March 2010, Galani said he received a letter from Salman’s office asking for a copy of the agreement letter. “In April, I received another letter stating Salman finds the Rs 15 crore ‘overflow agreement’ unacceptable,” he said.
Galani said Salman approached CINTAA or the Cine & TV Artistes Association with the same letter. “Veer showed no profits. So CINTAA ruled in my favour. Then I took the help of my producers’ association. Salman then complained to the Federation Of Western India Cine Association. But I responded saying there was no overflow. But they issued a non-cooperation letter to me,” Galani alleged.
Geelani then went to court against this, he said. “For the first time in the history of the entertainment industry, the party claiming I owed him money didn’t go to court. Rather the party on whom the claim was wrongly made, went to court. The honourable court saw my papers. They called Salman’s representative to court and asked on what basis they had been asking for money and why was a non-cooperation letter issued against me. They had no reply. The court has now ruled in my favour and issued an absolute stay on the non-cooperation letter,” Galani said.
“I cannot tell you what I’ve gone through in these years. I’ve filed a Rs 250-crore defamation notice against Salman for mental agony, harassment and loss of face. Who will give me the 3 years that I’ve lost?” Galanai said.
However when contacted Salman, he remained unavailable for comment....