Arjun Rampal, who will be next seen in Roy, ran into trouble after his unauthorised meeting with jailed gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli at a government-run hospital. Mumbai police summoned the Bollywood actor for the same on Tuesday.
Here’s an official statement by the film’s producer Mandar Dalvi:
Pentagram Films will be doing a film based on Arun Gawli where Arjun Rampal will be portraying the character of Gawli. The film will be directed by Ashim Ahluwalia and produced by Mandar Dalvi. Since the film will be based on Arun Gawli, it is imperative for the actor and director to interact with him. We will be abiding with all rules and regulations of the law in order to meet him. It is a very important part of the research and development.
Yes, Arjun and I (Mandar Dalvi) met Arun Gawli in JJ hospital while we were on a recce. It was a sheer coincidence as we literary bumped into each other through sheer coincidence in the lobby. We are responsible and aware as a production house about the mandatory rules and regulations of the law and will abide by them. The police officials have been very cooperative and have advised us on the way forward in this matter. We are very grateful to them. We are now working on getting all permissions with regards to this. Hopefully we will have them in place at the earliest.
There is no offence we have done and the police are very well aware of that. I do hope this is not blown out of proportion just because a celebrity is involved. Our intention is to tell a good story.
As a producer, I take full responsibility to make sure we succeed in this endeavor, correctly and with full knowledge of the Law.
– Mandar Dalvi.