When two big banner films clash at the box office, they can sometimes get mired in squabbles and controversies. This time the battle is between Kumar Mangat's Shivaay and Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and the hostility between the two camps has has just plumbed a new low in Bollywood.
In a recorded phone conversation clip, controversy's favourite child Kamaal Rashid Khan can be heard allegedly admitting to Mangat that he was paid Rs 25 lakh to favour Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
The clip was released by Shivaay star Ajay Devgn who says he suspected foul after KRK slandered his movie.
Here's the clip that Devgn shared on Twitter.
Hear what self proclaimed no. 1 critic and trade analyst Kamaal R Khan has to say. https://t.co/wRc7moSlsZ— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) September 1, 2016
After the tweet, Ajay Devgn released a statement requesting an investigation into the matter.
"I have been a part of the Indian film industry for the past 25 years and have been associated with over 100 films. My father was a professional action director and I have an emotional connection with this industry.
It therefore pains me to see that people like Kamaal R Khan are holding the film industry to ransom by spreading negativity about films to extort money from producers.
It is very sad that people from our own industry are supporting such elements and spoiling the ethos of the film industry.
I would strongly demand that this be thoroughly investigated by competent authorities to clarify if Karan Johar was indeed involved in this."
This accusation was followed by a clarification from KRK via a tweet.
Let me clear it. Karan Johar has never paid me or asked me to bash #Shivaay n you can hear it in the tape. I said 25 Lakhs to avoid Kumar.— KRK (@kamaalrkhan) September 1, 2016
As retaliation to these comments, Devgn's publicist sent a series of screenshots showing KRK's tweets, which change from praising Shivaay to criticising it.
This was followed by another tweet from KRK.
Kumar+Ajay offered me money to bash #AeDilHaiMushkil as he is offering in the tape also but I refused. I told them that I will do it free.— KRK (@kamaalrkhan) September 1, 2016
Karan Johar hasn't commented on the situation as yet, and we really hope that Devgn's accusations prove untrue. Or this is truly going to be one 'mushkil' situation for Bollywood.