It all started with a Twitter duel between Mr Kamaal R. Khan and me after the release of my film ‘Love Games’. Then, came his review of the film ‘1920 London’. Though I did not produce the film, direct it; write the dialogue or the screenplay, he decided to do a review of me instead of the film. He made absurd insinuations– called me a fraud, a pimp and other unsavory names. I couldn’t care less; when you have made a business of ranting, then ranting is what you got to do!
Two hours later, I found my daughter crying in the corner. She was hurt. As I took her little body wracked with sobs in my arms, I saw things more clearly…
When you don’t stand up and fight the rumors that are being perpetrated about you, your silence gives these rumors the fodder they need to seem like the truth to the people around you. I knew then that I had to fight, if not for anything else then at least my daughter’s tears.
When the news of my sending Mr Kamal R. Khan a defamation notice became known, I received a lot of calls and messages from concerned friends and colleagues. They advised me against continuing with this fight. When you fight filth you get filthy yourself, they warned, and they are right.
But by the time the defamation notice reached Mr Khan, something had changed. I will tell you what had.
Enraged by the notice, Mr. Khan went on a Twitter rant, “Now I will reveal in the court how Vikram Bhatt tried to supply Meera Chopra to a well-known producer by many dirty tricks (sic).”
I have been called many things before, but here he was saying that I am a pimp and Meera is a whore. And while there were many on Twitter who thought this was in bad taste, there were many who were also entertained.
One person’s tragedy has always been another’s entertainment. But can you really call a young, female colleague of mine a whore and get away with it?
I was perturbed to put it mildly, and conferred with my friend and lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee . He not only agreed with me, but was equally enraged by Mr. Khan’s derogatory remark. I told him that he did this on a regular basis and every time he did, I was spurred to take him to court. But the people around me always stopped me, saying, “When the ladies about whom he is saying such repulsive things are quiet, how can you fight, they have to file a complaint first?”
Rizwan explained the law to me. He clarified that even if the ladies concerned decided to not confront the issue, we could.