September 23, 2005
This script has so many twists that even Bollywood has not attempted it yet. Naresh Pardesi, the hitman actor Preeti Jain allegedly hired, has revealed in the narcoanalysis tests that while filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar paid his ganglord and MLA Arun Gawli Rs 50,000 to file a police complaint against Preeti Jain, he also assured Pardesi a job, money and ‘security’ to keep his mouth shut.
Of the Rs 2 lakh promised to Gawli by Jain for the alleged contract to kill Bhandarkar, Pardesi collected Rs 40,000 as the first instalment, said sources. Bhandarkar, after learning about the conspiracy from Dagdi Chawl, paid Gawli Rs 50,000, through Pardesi again, to file a complaint against Preeti Jain. The director also promised Pardesi a job and ‘security’ if he kept mum, the tests revealed.
‘‘I have never met Gawli or Pardesi. All this is completely illogical,’’ Bandharkar said. “I am a national-award winning film-maker. I have credibility. It’s up to the police to investigate this.’’
Gawli could not be contacted despite repeated attempts, but his wife Asha said her husband’s name was being ‘‘unnecessarily dragged in’’.
Jain first approached Gawli through a film financier and make-up man allegedly with the contract to kill Bhandarkar. Dagdi Chawl, however, saw the situation as an opportunity for extortion, Pardesi is reported to have said. Pardesi was administered the anaesthetic sodium pentathol (also known as the truth serum), to induce an uninhibited state of mind.
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