March 10, 2001,
“Chori Chori” opens amid protests
New Delhi, March 9
Just over 10 to 15 persons from the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena, the youth wing of the Shiv Sena, courted arrest which raising outside the Odeon cinema in Connaught Place.
Thanks to the heavy police arrangements, the demonstrators were picked up without any trouble under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code read with Sections 107/151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Fearing trouble, a large number of people kept away from theatres and the usual crowds outside the halls associated with the first day of a film were missing. All theatre goers were frisked before entering the cinema halls, and the lights inside Odeon were kept on for almost the entire first half, with police officers keeping a close watch inside the balcony and lower stalls.
Leading film financier and diamond king Bharat Shah was arrested by the Mumbai police on January 8 for his alleged links with Karachi-based don Chhota Shakeel. Besides Bharat Shah, the film’s producer Nazim Rizvi has also been booked under the Maharashtra Control for Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
A notice outside the cinema hall said all the revenue from the film was being deposited with a Mumbai court in accordance with the orders issued by that court, and that the matter was already pending in Delhi and Mumbai. The film directed by Abbas Mustan stars Salman Khan with Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta in the main roles. UNI
Mumbai: Coinciding with the commercial release of the film “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke” its producer Nasim Rizvi, his assistant Abdul Rahim Allah Baksh and financier Bharat Shah were today chargesheeted by the police in a special court here in a case of alleged nexus with the underworld.
The charge sheet alleged that the accused had committed illegal acts and conspired to kill leading film maker Rakesh Roshan and actor Shahrukh Khan by issuing threats on Shakeel’s cellphone to Morani brothers and Mansoor Siddiqui.
Siddiqui had paid Rs 25 lakh extortion amount while Morani brothers had disbursed Rs 75 lakh to Shah which was sent to Shakeel by hawala, said the charge sheet running into 1156 pages.
The filing of the charge sheet coincided with the worldwide release of “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke” which has been attached by the court. Santosh Singh Jain, the court receiver, has already collected Rs 10.5 crore besides Rs 4.5 crore earned by Shah in under production stage.
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