Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu allegedly duped of Rs 5 crore
Dilip Kumar is one of the most respected figures in the Bollywood industry and enjoys the status of a living legend among his fans. But it seems that even such a revered position is not enough to protect a man these days. Dilip Kumar and his wife former actress Saira Banu has lodged a complaint of cheating at Khar police station in Mumbai.
They have alleged that a production company that helped to organize the actor’s recent biography launch has duped them of Rs. 5 crore. A police officer from the station confirmed the news by saying, "We received a complaint of cheating and are probing the details. We will accordingly register an FIR against those responsible." The book launch was held last month at a gala event at a 5 star hotel in Mumbai and was attended by top Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.
According to the couple, Anand Rahuilkar and Suresh Kurpad from Samara Productions contacted them in February through the book’s author Udaya Tara Nayar. They offered to sponsor the book launch event and said that they would raise Rs. 5 crore from sponsors. They also showed the couple contract copies with three ‘sponsors’. The contract also included a cheque of Rs 4 crore. But after the event, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu learnt that the claimed ‘sponsors’ never actually entered in any contract with Samara Productions.
Saira Banu has said, "Nayar is a close family friend for four decades and the production company approached us through her a few months ago. We didn't know their background. The production company convinced us that the autobiography function will generate good money and they wanted to handle the event. At their request we authorized the production company to sign the sponsorship deal as we didn't want to travel. But they cheated us after providing false documents."
The couple also has not received any money from them yet. The couple’s assistant said, "After the function when we inquired with the production company, it said the bank had misplaced the cheque. It then said the sponsor had cancelled the misplaced cheque and issued a new one. But the amount was never credited to the actor's account. Afterwards the 'sponsor' told us that they never issued any cheque to us." One of the accused Suresh Kurpad refused to talk about the cheating complaint but said, “I can show my bank statement which will reveal that I didn't receive any money from any of the sponsors."