Recently, actress Mahima Chaudhry revealed that she was bullied by filmmaker Subhash Ghai and how he allegedly asked all other producers not to work with her.
Mahima had made her Bollywood debut with Ghai’s directorial Pardes, opposite Shah Rukh Khan.
Reacting to her claims, Subhash Ghai confirms that there was a small conflict back in 1997, however, he said Mahima had apologised to him for flouting a clause in the contract with his production house, and he had forgiven her.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Subhash Ghai said:
“I am amused reading this news. . Mahima and I are very good friends till date and are still in touch through messages. She is a very nice and mature woman of today . She recently shared on how she gets welcomed at every event with a song from Pardes ‘I love my India’ even after 23 years.”
Revealing details about the contract, he said, “Yes , there was a small conflict in 1997 post the release of Pardes , which became a big blockbuster and for which she even got the filmfare award for best actor. My company did send her a show cause notice for flouting a clause in our agreement. Media n industry reacted in a big way and so I withdrew n canceled her contract with Mukta . After 3 years she came to me with her family n apologised for her impulsive reaction. I forgave her n thereafter we became friends again.”
He further said, “She is jovial good person I trust. She must be right in feeling that she was bullied when asked by some one. Actually I admire her great gesture when she did a guest appearance in a song in my last film Kanchi in 2015. I guess we do get entertained with the smallest of an old tiff which is normal in course of life in showbiz.”
Mahima Chaudhry in an interview to Bollywood Hungama had revealed: “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!"
She had also said that only four people: Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, David Dhawan and Rajkumar Santoshi stood by her during that time.