Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan blamed distributors for the legal row over Om Shanti Om involving veteran actor Manoj Kumar.
Manoj Kumar has filed a lawsuit against the makers for allegedly defaming him in the 2007 film,which featured Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles.
The Bollywood musical romantic comedy,directed and choreographed by Farah Khan,landed in a fresh row after it was re-released in Japan with the scene which Manoj Kumar had earlier objected to.
Reacting to the legal recourse taken by Manoj Kumar,Shah Rukh Khan said: “I don’t know much about it as I have just come back. Very honestly I had personally apologised to him then. My respect goes to all actors who are older and younger to me. Distributors have made a genuine mistake… old print was sent (to Japan).”
“He (Manoj Kumar) has done a legal thing. He is welcome to do that. I don’t take it personal,” he told reporters at an event.
When Om Shanti Om first released,Manoj Kumar had taken objection to a scene,which according to him,pokes fun at him. He demanded that the scene be deleted from the film and the makers obliged.
A few weeks ago,the film was re-released in Japan but with the objectionable scene.
Manoj Kumar filed a criminal complaint against the producers (Shah Rukh Khan and Eros International) for showing Om Shanti Om in Japan without removing the particular scene.
According to Manoj Kumar,they also face contempt of court as in 2008 a city civil court had asked them to delete the scene from all prints.