Salman Khan moves Bombay HC over financial dispute with producer Vijay Galani
Actor Salman Khan today approached the Bombay High Court in connection with a financial dispute between the actor and producer Vijay Galani. Khan moved high court asking it to appoint some person to act as an arbitrator to look into the disputes and differences between him and Galani.
The arbitration petition states that Salman is to receive Rs 15 crore from Galani for the film Veer which the latter has not paid.
Salman, a member of Cine and TV Artist Association and Galani as a producer is a member of Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programmee Producers Association.
There is an agreement between the two associations that in case of any disputes between the members of the said associations, the same shall be referred to the sole arbitrator of the joint committee of the said two associations.
Salman had been following up his case of Rs 15 crores since 2010 and all the film related associations had asked Galani to pay up and had even gone to the extent of issuing circular to its members asking them to not work with Galani.
Galani on his part had reportedly alleged that his reputation was hurt due to all this and had threatened to file for damages worth Rs 250 crore. He had also gone to lower court against the circular of the associations but it was dismissed by the court last year claimed Salman.
The actor approached the high court after the associations refused to arbitrate between the two last month.
The actor stated in his petition filed earlier this month by advocate Ashok Saraogi that he is a "well known actor and holds good reputation in the society at large"and on Galanis request Salman had taken up the lead role in the film Veer - An Epic Love Story of a Warrior which Gilani was producing.
In his petition, Salman said that at that time he was charging Rs 30 crore to play the lead in a film. To support his claim of Rs 30 crore, Salmans lawyer Saraogi in his petition attached an agreement copy of a film contract that Salman had signed with Head Start Film (UK) Ltd in 2008 where in it is clearly stated that he would be paid Rs 30 crore to play lead role in their film.
However for the film Veer, Salman had agreed to work for Rs 25 crore and during the production of the film, he was given 10 crores by Galani. Salmans petition states that galani had agreed to pay the rest through Next Gen Films Pvt. Ltd (Eros International) to whom Galani had allegedly assigned some rights in respect of the film. However, in spite of the film having a world wide release, Salman was not handed over the remaining 15 crores that was promised to him.