Bollywood stars who got extortion calls from underworld
Bollywood and the underworld have a bitter sweet relationship from their infant days. Bollywood has showcased the stories of underworld and their illustrious leaders, a.k.a. dons. Even in the recent past the tinsel town has produced superhit movies on the life of Mumbai dons, such as ‘Satya’, ‘Company’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara’.
However, the other side of the coin is darker. Bollywood celebrities regularly get calls from different factions of the underworld to extort money. Sometimes the celebrities themselves are made target and sometimes their families. Few of such most recent and prominent incidents are listed below.
1. Karan Johar
Karan Johar the film maker is the latest to join the growing list of victims who received extortion calls from the underworld. Recently he received SMS from an unknown number, demanding money. He have registered a complaint in the Khar police station and investigations are currently on.
2. Boney Kapoor
The eminent film producer was repeatedly called from an international number and demand for money was made. He was even threatened to be shot if he didn’t obey. He registered a case with the local Oshiwara police station and at present investigation is on. The anti-extortion cell has also taken up the case. Underworld leader Ravi Pujara is speculated to be behind the calls.
3. Vivek Oberoi
The father son duo of Suresh and Vivek Oberoi registered police complaint in 2011 about receiving extortion calls from a foreign number. Ravi Pujara was the prime suspect behind the calls.
4. Sohail Khan
Sohail Khan too got extortion calls in the year 2011 and lodged his complaint on 9th September in the same year with Vishwas Nangre Patil, the then additional police commissioner of western region.
Rakesh Roshan received extortion calls but he didn’t pay any attention. On 21st January 2000 while Rakesh was leaving his Santa Cruz office, he was shot at and the bullet hit his left arm. He had to undergo surgery. The Abu Salem group of the underworld was suspected to be behind this incident.
During the Bharat Shah case, the King Khan broke his silence and spoke about an incident in the year 1997-98. Chotta Shakeel of the underworld forced him to take up certain film projects and Shahrukh agreed but when things didn’t work out, the actor received threat calls from Abu Salem himself.
7. Preity Zinta
The dimpled actress spoke openly about the extortion calls she received earlier, during the Bharat Shah case. An amount of fifty lakh was demanded from her during the shooting of the film ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’ in the year 2000. The actress agreed to pay twenty five lakh for her chance in acting in the film.