Salman Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ in fresh controversy
Mumbai: Salman Khan’s first project with the Yash Raj banner has landed in trouble after Vikram Vashishtha, nephew of real life spy Late Ravindra Kaushik, sent a legal notice to the production company asking for a special screening.
Copies of the legal notice have also been sent to Central Board of Film Certification and the Film & TV Producers Guild and Film Federation of India.
Talking to a leading daily, Vashishtha said, “He (Ravindra Kaushik) was my maternal uncle who was with the Research Analysis Wing (RAW). Born on April 11, 1952 in Sriganganagar he also did his graduation from there. He displayed his talent at national level dramatic meet in Lucknow, which was also witnessed by some officials of the intelligence wing (RAW). He was contacted and offered job for the secret intelligence in Pakistan. Later he was sent to Pakistan for the purpose.”
The promos of the film bear striking resemblance to Kaushik’s experiences in Pakistan and hence his family has sought legal assistance to either have a look at the original script or view the film before it releases.
Madhav Mitra, Vashishtha’s counsel said, “Prima facie resemblance is on the account that the promos show that ISI (Pakistan agency) and RAW (Indian Agency) indulged in day-to-day war. The promos reveal that the agent named `Tiger` worked in Pakistan and had an affair with a Pakistani girl. He fought for the country as well as for his love. Shashi Vashishtha, mother of my client Vikram is the Ravindra`s only sister. Thus, the family has full right to either go through the certified screenplay or watch it prior to national/ international release.”