Back in 1997 Mahima Chaudhry took the Indian film industry by storm with her debut role in ‘Pardes’. However, where this should have spurred many exciting roles, Chaudhry’s career didn’t take off as well as expected, and it has now been revealed by the actress that this was all due to Subhash Ghai.
“I was bullied by Mr. Subhash Ghai. He even took me to the court and wanted me to cancel my first show. It was quite stressful. He sent a message to all the producers that nobody should work with me! If you pick up one of the issues of Trade Guide magazine in 1998 or 1999, there was an ad that he had given which stated that if anybody wanted to work with me, that person would have to contact him. Otherwise, it would be a breach of contract,” Filmfare reports the actress stating.
Chaudhry went on to add, “However, there was no such contract which said that I had to seek his permission. Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, David Dhawan and Rajkumar Santoshi were the only four people who stood by me. They all told me to stay strong. David Dhawan called and told me that, ‘Don’t worry and don’t let him bully you.’ Apart from these four people, I didn’t receive a call from anyone else.”
Even with her acclaim from her first film, the actress expressed the brutality she experienced with her next project. “Ram Gopal Varma had signed me for ‘Satya’ (1998) and two days before the shoot, I was dropped out of the film! That was supposed to be my second film. I had taken the signing amount. He didn’t even have the decency to call me or my manager and inform me about the reality. I learnt from the press that he had begun shooting without me. I had already given interviews stating that I would be shooting for ‘Satya’ in a week. I and Ram Gopal Varma had even discussed the look.”
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