Sunil Pal is a popular comedian who has not just done Indian TV shows but lately he has also started doing some Bollywood films. Sunil’s latest video on his Facebook page has left many of them stunned after he alleged that ‘Mubarakan’ director Anees Bazmee has refused to pay him money. Sunil claims that the filmmaker had asked him to perform at an event but when it came to payment, he refused to do. All this while Anees Bazmee remained quite but he has finally spoken up and cleared the air. In an interview with a leading daily, the director says that the comedian harassed him for money.
Sunil Pal threatened Anees Bazmee that he’d be lodging a police complaint if the latter does not pay the ‘x amount’ which he had promised to the comedian. Sunil told Hinustan Times, “I have around Rs 20-25 lakh stuck in the market with various producers. It is quite common in the industry for producers to pay up late. However, we, as artists, understand if a producer is genuinely out of resources or liquid money. But, when a producer like Anees – who plays in crores of rupees – behaves like this, it is not pardonable.”
While interacting with DNA ‘Mubarakan’ director Anees Bazmee revealed that the comedian just wanted the filmmaker to react to this entire controversy. He said, “This is exactly what this man wants me to do. Normally I wouldn’t respond. I’ve been bombarded with calls and messages asking me to react to Sunil Pal’s nasty allegations. I will just clarify to you what happened. Sunil is among the numerous hopefuls who come to my office every day for work. And yes, he’s right I did tell him I’ll find him something in one of my films. He seemed desperate and I felt sorry for him. However, there was no scope for Sunil in ‘Mubarakan’. Now, of course, there is no question of working with a trouble-maker and a publicity seeker.”
Talking about Sunil Pal’s allegations that he was not paid for a show he had done for Anees Bazmee to that the latter said, “Mera uss show se koi lene dena nahin hai. I was asked by one of my associates Mayur Barot if Sunil would perform at a birthday party. I directed Sunil to Mayur’s requirements and my role in the matter ended there. The next thing I knew I started getting calls from Sunil saying he hadn’t been paid. I did call Mayur and ask him about his payment. Mayur told me Sunil got drunk at the event. Since he didn’t perform at the function why should he be paid?”
Anees even mentioned how he was harassed for money by the comedian. He continued saying, “For me the matter ended there. But Sunil continued to harass me with calls about his money, threatening to go legal if I didn’t pay up.” He also revealed, “Giving him the money that he would have rightfully got for his performance is no problem. But I am nowhere in the picture. So why is he using my name and hurling abuses at me? Just because I am known and the people he was supposed to have performed for are not known? And why should they pay when Sunil chose to get drunk rather than do his job?”
Looks like, this controversy is going to get murkier with time. Let’s wait and watch what Sunil Pal has to say now.
(Written By – Maggie Davis)