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GovindaGovinda refutes allegations of relations with Dawood
20th Oct 2005  09.19 IST
By Agencies  

Bollywood star Govinda late on Wednesday night termed the video where he is shown with international gangster Dawood Ibrahim, as a 'conspiracy' to defame him.

The video, aired by India TV, was shot 14 to 18 years ago, when Dawood and Chhota Rajan were still bosom pals, and Govinda was a young, handsome, upcoming actor. The meeting may have taken place around 1988-89, seeing Govinda's hairstyle in the video, a well-placed Bollywood source said.

But the venue where the video was shot, the reason for so many gangsters coming together at one place, and Govinda joining them is a mystery.

On Wednesday night, Govinda, who represents the Mumbai North Parliamentary constituency, said that in 1989 the Central Bureau of Investigation, CID and Mumbai Police had conducted an inquiry into a photograph, taken at a party in Dubai, which was published in a newspaper featuring about 20 Bollywood actors.

The police had cleared all actors at that time after inquiry, he added.

Govinda alleged the old case was raked up by highlighting his name to malign him.

He charged that the act was being done at the behest of Samajwadi Party politician Amar Singh and Sharma, the head of the channel, which telecast the footage.

Govinda said he had supported actors such as Salman Khan , Shakti Kapoor and Aman Verma when ''these people'' (the channel) targeted them.

''I have been in politics for over one year and am close to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Besides, the love and affection showered by the people when my family met with a near-fatal road accident would not be tolerated by these people,'' he said.

The actor said he had suffered losses worth Rs 6 crore when his home production Ssukh failed at the box office.

''I am planning a come back in movies because I am in financial trouble and the videotape is being timed to sabotage my comeback.

It is evident that one acquaintance is being shown as a friendship. I have not been to the Middle East for 17 years. How can we stop people from coming to us and getting themselves photographed at a party,'' he noted.

When asked whether he was planning legal action against the channel, he said, ''Just because of one or two persons I do not want to spoil my relations with the entire journalist fraternity.''

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