An Imam has sent filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj a legal notice after being sacked from the mosque in Kashmir he was a part of, after he had acted as himself in the film ‘Haider’ (2014), stating that the film maker had tricked him into doing the role.
During the marriage scene,Ghulam Hassan Shah is seen performing the nikah between Tabu and Kay Kay Menon. On seen this the mosque committee members in which the Imam was based at, decided to sack the Imam for his stint. From thisShah immediately filed a report stating that he was told the scene was for educational purposes. “The management committee of the mosque sacked me… I was tricked as I was told that the footage will be used for educational purposes. I did not know that it was being used in the movie,” Mid-Day reported Shah explaining.
The legal notice reads, “You had told my client that the footage of the nikah reading ceremony would be used for educational purposes. But you really intended to utilise the footage for ‘Haider’, which to the least is obnoxious,” as written by the Imam’s lawyerFirdous Ahmad. Shah has demanded Bhardwaj to pay Rs. 50 lakh in compensation for his deceit, and is expecting the film maker to apologies.
Also starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Irrfan Khan, ‘Haider’ is Bhardwaj’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’.