He may have called upon the entire film industry to support him, but Bollywood looks in no mood to either forget or forgive Shakti Kapoor .
On a day when top guns of Bollywood lambasted Kapoor and labelled him as a villain in real life too, comes a ban from a leading body of filmmakers.
The Film and Television Producers Guild of India has banned Kapoor for casting ”slanderous, mischievous and unsubstantiated aspersions” on some film personalities including Subhash Ghai and the late Yash Johar during a sting operation by a television channel regarding alleged sexual favours sought by him from a reporter posing as an aspiring actress.
A statement issued by the Guild’s Secretary-General Supran Sen in Mumbai asked Kapoor to publicly apologise for his ”completely irresponsible, insulting and slanderous utterances” while advising its members against engaging the actor in any of their productions.
He said the guild’s decision to ban Kapoor was unanimous. The guild has further said that its members are eminent and respected producers who had never indulged in any act imputed to them in the said telecast.
The statement said that its members representing the entertainment industry had always stood for the highest morals, ethical and professional values and had been the ”fountainhead of growth” of this vibrant industry.
Several BJP workers, including women wing of the party, led by Shaina NC, staged a demonstration in front of the actor’s suburban residence. The angry workers shouted slogans and threw shoes and eggs on the posters of the actor.
Shanti Kumar Jain, editor of local daily ‘Pol Khol’ also urged police to book the actor under relevant laws for his “indecent behaviour”. However, police were yet act on this.