Mumbai Crime: Director nabbed for cheating aspiring actor of Rs 15 lakh

Amjad Khan took money from the actor after promising him the lead role in his movie, and said he would return three times the money he had taken from him

A Bollywood director, Amjad Khan, was arrested by the Gurgaon police in Mumbai on Sunday, in a cheating case. Unlike in the Andheri shootout, this time the Gurgaon cops made sure they informed the Mumbai police, some whom were with them, when they arrested the director from his residence in Lokhandwala.

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Vikas Sharma said Khan threatened him and also said he has contacts in the right places
Vikas Sharma said Khan threatened him and also said he has contacts in the right places

Vikas Sharma, (29), the complainant, is a resident of Bahadurgarh in Haryana. He had filed an FIR against Khan in a local police station there, under Sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of IPC. Speaking to mid-day from Haryana, Sharma said, “I came to Mumbai in the year 2010 and enrolled in an acting course at Balaji Telefilms. I had come to Mumbai to fulfil my dreams. I was very positive, but today all the dreams are over.”

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Amjad Khan made only one film which flopped. He had announced a film on Malala Yousafzai, which never saw the light of day
Amjad Khan made only one film which flopped. He had announced a film on Malala Yousafzai, which never saw the light of day

Sharma first met Khan in 2012. Later, Khan went for some work to Haryana and met Sharma. Sharma claimed Khan promised him the lead role in a project called ‘Black Rain.’ Khan told him that it would be great if he (Sharma) paid him Rs 15 lakh as he was not getting a financier. He allegedly told him that once the movie was released and became a hit, he would return thrice the amount. Sharma, who was desperate to get into films, gave him the money. He said, “But even after two years he did not start the project nor was he giving back the money. Khan later threatened to harm me and said he had contacts in the right places.”

Mumbai police informed
A year back Sharma registered an FIR with the police in Haryana against Khan. Police Inspectors Sandeep Ahlawat and Prakash Veer came to Mumbai with a team on Saturday to arrest him. The cops first informed the Amboli police, then with them went to Khan’s place, and arrested him. In the Andheri shootout case, the Gurgaon cops had not informed Mumbai police and killed gangster Sandeep Gadoli, after which they are facing inquiry. Inspector Ahlawat said, “We were clearly told by our superiors to inform local police in Mumbai before taking any action.”

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Ahlawat added, “We have produced Khan in a local court and got transit remand for him. We are taking him to Haryana tonight and will produce him in court on Monday or Tuesday, after which further investigations will be done.”

Sharma said he currently teaches yoga and martial arts in Haryana. He has decided he has had enough of the film industry. He said, “The film industry is very difficult to survive and I have got experience of it for a lifetime.”

Khan had made a film, ‘Le Gaye Saddam,’ which flopped, and had announced he was going to make a film on Malala Yousafzai, and given interviews to several media houses regarding this, but it never saw the light of day.

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