"By showing a duplicate of mine, and passing him off as the real Manoj Kumar in the scene of the premiere, Shah Rukh has actually insulted not only me, but also the citizens of this great country, who consider me Mr Bharat. I am deeply pained by this totally uncalled for act," he said. Apparently, the actor was shocked when he saw the film. And he would not have seen it were it not for his niece in London, who called to ask if he was planning to take any legal action. "More than legal action, I want to take moral action against him. Shah Rukh Khan or Farah Khan cannot get away with declaring that it is their creative freedom to show whatever they want. I want Shah Rukh to delete all references to me in bad light in the film with immediate effect," he added.
Manoj Kumar specifies that he is all for creative freedom, but a responsible filmmaker would know where to draw the line. He is also upset that SRK seems to have no respect for elders. Says Mr Bharat, "How can he stoop so low to injure my soul by showing a junior artiste who plays my double in the film being beaten up by the cops? Are Mumbai cops nincompoops, who cannot do their job? It is a plot hatched by fundamentalists like Shah Rukh and Farah against a respectable Brahmin Pundit like me, for no rhyme or reason, to ridicule and humiliate me. Would they dare to show Dilip Kumar in such bad light?"The senior actor feels that the scene in which they portray Shah Rukh first and then a duplicate as Manoj
Incidentally, Farah had initially asked him to do a cameo in her film, and he was willing, since her father was a friend of his. Apparently, she told him that he would be wasted in the movie, and that she had already shot with a duplicate. The actor clarifies that he is not against duplicates and mimics, and that he admires people like Johnny Lever, but this incident is in bad taste, he adds.
The yesteryear star admits, in conclusion, that he wants Shah Rukh to act in a film of his, although he has never met SRK. If SRK likes the script, then Mr Bharat would want him to act in it.