Dholakia denies notice from Andrabi

Jan 18, 2009 IANS

Srinagar, Jan 18 (IANS) Rahul Dholakia, the director of the Bollywood film 'Lamhaa', Sunday denied receiving any legal notice from Kashmiri woman separatist leader Asiya Andrabi for basing the character played by Bipasha Basu in his film on the separatist leader's life.

"I have not received any legal notice from Asiya Andrabi for any controversy about Bipasha Basu's role in my film," Dholakia told a media conference here today.

Earlier, Andrabi, the chief of the women's separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Milat, had stated her lawyer had sent a legal notice to the makers of 'Lamhaa' for allegedly portraying her life in the film.

The director of the movie thanked the people of Kashmir for their whole-hearted cooperation during the shooting of the film, which was nearing completion now.

"I have requested Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to allow the film's premiere being held in Kashmir in June or July this year," Dholakia said.

"We have done a bit of the film's shooting in Shimla also. After the shooting was interrupted here because of some misunderstanding last year, we did those shots in the studios at Mumbai where sets where erected to suit the story's background," he said.

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