New Delhi: The relationship between the underworld and Bollywood has always been a troubled one. Many stories have been told and many celebrities have landed in trouble in the past because of them.
According to reports, this time mafia don Ravi Pujari is targeting Mahesh Bhatt and Farah Khan.
It has been learnt that 13 gang members on Monday were arrested outside Bhatt's office in Khar before they could target the director.
Reports suggest that after the interrogation by the police, the gang members revealed that Bhatt and Khan were on Pujari's target list.
Further investigation also gave new insights into the case. The men were instructed by the mafia don to carry out recces outside Farah Khan's house and the Red Chillies office which is co-owned by Shah Rukh Khan.
They have admitted to keeping a close watch over Bhatt's activities for the past two months. The men were instructed to shoot elder brother Mukesh Bhatt or son Rahul Bhatt in case they miss out on Mahesh Bhatt.
The gang had planned to shoot the director on the direction of Pujari as he wanted to create a panic situation in the industry and get quick publicity. The reason for targeting Bhatt was not because of any personal enmity or to extort money but to get publicity and instill fear among people.
The interrogation further revealed that there were four unsuccessful attempts on Mahesh Bhatt's life over the last six days.
The first date to shoot the director was set for November 10. After several failed attempts the next date was kept November 14. However, they could not succeed this time around too.
All the shooters were trained in the jungles of Mumbra, Mumbai.
This is not the first time that Pujari has targeted Bollywood biggies. Earlier, security at Shah Rukh Khan's house was tightened after allegedly receiving threatening calls from the don.
Sonu Sood, Morani brothers and Boman Irani were also on the hit-list of the underworld don apart from Mahesh Bhatt.
In the past one year, threat calls have been made to Salman Khan, Farhan Akhtar and filmmaker Ritesh Sidhwani by Pujari.