While Salman Khan and his fans are wishing for his next ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ to cross 250 Crores at the Box Office, someone else is aiming at collecting 250 Crores too.
Looks like Salman’s last big flop, before his stars got lucky, ‘Veer’ is still haunting him as the producer Vijay Galani has sued the actor for mental agony, harassment and loss of reputation in the industry.
The story goes a long way. Vijay Galani narrates,”I agreed to give Salman a signing amount of Rs 10 crores for Veer. In his entire career Salman had not received this kind of a signing amount. In fact his entire fee for Yuvraaj and Wanted and other films during that period was around 7-8 crores each. Even Salim Saab said this signing amount was unprecedented. Besides this amount we agreed that Salman would get Rs 15 crores if and when there is an overflow (profit). Salman completed the film happily and I sold the film to Eros Entertainment. Eros, Salman and I drew up a tri-party agreement that the first overflow amount of Rs 15 crores would go to Salman.” However, as ‘Veer’ ended up being a big disaster at the box office, Salman was not entitled to receive the amount. But in March, the same year, Galani received a letter from Salman’s office to show a copy of that agreement letter.
Speaking about the letter from Salman’s office, Galani further added, “The most interesting thing about this letter was that on the night before I received it I was at Salman’s place laughing and joking as usual. He mentioned that his new business manager was sending me a letter and I should just ignore it. Then in April I received another letter stating that Salman finds the Rs.15 crore overflow agreements to be unacceptable. This, after everything being on paper. We were working together for two years and he never mentioned he had any problem with the overflow agreement. What made him suddenly wake up about having a problem with the overflow?”
He reveals that he went to CINTAA who ruled the case in his favor but since Salman got angry with this decision, they issued a non-cooperation letter against him to please Salman, meanwhile the ‘Dabangg’ actor even lodged a complaint with the Federation of Western India Cine Association.
But fortunately for Galani, the court had a look at the papers and the collections of ‘Veer’ and after several hearings for 3 years, they ruled the decision in the favor of the producer.
Galani states that the case made him suffer through mental agony and harassment and earned him negative reputation in the industry apart from the various expenses he had to bear to fight and win against Salman in a legal battle. Hence, he has filed the defamation case against the superstar asking for 250 Crores.