Anees was reluctant to react. “This is exactly what this man wants me to do. Normally I wouldn’t respond. I’ve been bombarded with calls and messages asking to react to this Sunil Pal’s nasty allegations. I will just clarify to you what happened. Sunil Pal 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 of Sunil in Mubarakan. Now of course there is no question of working with a trouble-maker and a publicity seeker.”
About Sunil Pal’s allegation that he was not paid for a show that he did for Anees, the director fumes, “Mera uss show se koi lene dena nahin hai. I was asked by one of my team members and associates Mayur Barot if Sunil Pal would perform in a birthday party. I directed Sunil Pal to Mayur’s requirements and my role in the matter ended there. The next thing I knew I started getting calls from Sunil Pal saying he hadn’t been paid. I did call Mayur and ask him about Sunil Pal’s payment. What Mayur told me shocked me. He says Sunil got drunk at the event. Since he didn’t perform at the function why should he be paid? For me the matter ended there. But Sunil Pal continues to harass me with calls about his money threatening to go legal if I don’t pay up.”
Anees Bazmee is hard pressed to understand why he’s expected to pay the comedian.
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