Mumbai: September 30, 2008 – Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan has apologised for a row with a photojournalist here but maintained that he was not involved in the alleged assault on the photographer.
Saif’s apology came hours after Government Railway Police (GRP) registered a case against him and four others of a film unit for allegedly assaulting a photojournalist.
The actor, who initially remained unavailable after the case was registered against him and others, later held a meeting with local journalists on Monday and apologised. A compromise was worked out between both sides.
“Patiala is a lovely place and our shoot has been going really well. The crowd has also been very co-operative. As an individual, I was not present at the time of the incident so I don’t know the details. But as a producer and on behalf of Illuminati Films, our company, I would like to apologise on behalf of our security for any inconvenience caused to the local press,” said Saif.
“Shooting can get pretty chaotic and crowded in small towns and some pushing and shoving normally happens in a crowd situation. It happens all the time. So if anyone has been offended I would like to apologise to them personally and also on behalf of our production,” added the actor.
Saif and members of the unit of his latest film Three Idiots were booked for assault, intimidation and inciting violence. The actor himself was booked for inciting the film unit workers.
Commenting on the assault charges levelled against him, Saif said: “That is completely, completely false and baseless. I was not even around. Anyway, like I said before, I would still like to apologise to anyone who was offended.”
Earlier during the day, GRP officials said a case was registered following a complaint by a photojournalist from a Hindi newspaper who said he had been beaten up by the film unit staff after being incited by the actor.
“We registered a case against Khan and others following a complaint,” GRP inspector general G.S Grewal said.
The photographer was taking pictures of Khan at the railway station here on Sunday. The star objected and told private security and film production unit associates to tackle the photojournalist following which he was allegedly thrashed.