The inevitable has happened. In a bid to thwart the biopic of her former manager, Prakash Jaju, Priyanka Chopra has sent a legal notice to her ex-boyfriend Aseem Merchant, who is producing the film.
The actress believes that the film will revolve around her personal and professional life and has sent a copy of the notice to Jaju too.
The notice, sent by Priyanka’s lawyer Anand Desai states: “Our client is shocked to note that while all the news articles mention the proposed film as your (Jaju’s) biopic, the promotions largely refer to our client and inclusion of aspects of her and her family life rather than references to you.
You are intending to collude with Mr Merchant in violation of our client’s rights, including right to privacy, defaming our client and lowering her reputation, seeking to subject her to hatred and ridicule.
Our client calls upon you to withdraw all the publicity material of the film with immediate effect, desist using or referring to any personal or confidential information about her and/or her family, desist from producing, releasing the proposed film and tender an unconditional apology to her.” Aseem, who was dating Priyanka when she was crowned Miss World in 2000, recently launched a production house, Limelight Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd has maintained that the film, 67 Days, is a “biopic of Priyanka’s exmanager Jaju”.
The actress had an ugly fallout with Jaju which led to him being arrested and imprisoned for 67 days in 2008. According to Jaju, the actress owed him a huge amount of money and refused to clear his dues. The situation worsened when Jaju allegedly started interfering in Priyanka’s personal life. This led to her father (late) Dr Ashok Chopra filing an FIR against Jaju, stating that he was not only making false allegations against his daughter but also threatening the family members.
Jaju went into hiding and was finally arrested from Mau, MP.
When contacted, Aseem told that his legal team is looking into the matter. Meanwhile, Jaju wants Priyanka to take a call after she has read the final script.
“If she still has any objection, then we shall drop the film. I don’t want to hurt her sentiments. The film is about me, not Priyanka. She is just a chapter in that.”
Priyanka remained unavailable for comment.