By Hindustan Times
Actor Saif Ali Khan, who was involved in a much-publicised brawl with businessman Iqbal Meer Sharma recently, says he wants to avoid going to court to sort the issue. “There has been too much noise about it, so we will sort it out between ourselves like men.” The 41-year-old actor also hopes his forthcoming film, Agent Vinod, is “not adversely affected by the incident”. “It’s going to be terribly unfair to everybody who has worked on it. I think people don’t watch films out of love for actors only, they watch movies out of love for movies," says Khan.
While Sharma has gone back to South Africa to attend to his business, he says he doesn’t want to comment on Saif’s statements. Sharma’s wife, actor Tarina Patel, too says, “My husband doesn’t want to respond to everything Saif has to say. The episode has been very hard for him.” Sharma’s friend, who wishes not to be named, says that Sharma will not agree to an out-of-court settlement. “He will only take the legal recourse.”
Saif says he was touched by fellow actor Salman Khan’s public support for him after the incident. “Salman made my darkest hours easier to deal with and it’s really kind of him,” he says.
Meanwhile, Saif wants to keep the focus on Agent Vinod. He says that he does not plan to go for an over-hyped publicity for his film. “Americans don’t go ballistic like us when they promote their films. All they do is to announce their film, do a fair amount of promotion and that’s it. I think sometimes we go overboard,” he says. Actor-couple Saif and Kareena Kapoor, who star in the movie, will be doing joint promotions only in the last week before the film’s release.
Iqbal’s wife lashes out at Kareena Kapoor
Iqbal Sharma’s wife, actor Tarina Patel, has hit back at Saif Ali Khan’s girlfriend Kareena Kapoor for calling Sharma publicity hungry.
“My husband is not some star-struck foreigner in India. He comes from the biggest political family in South Africa; he is Fatima Meer’s (the late anti-apartheid activist) nephew. Why should he know Saif or Kareena? He knows who Amitabh Bachchan is, or maybe Shah Rukh Khan. Beyond that, my husband or the rest of my family don’t know (anyone) from the industry, and nor do they care,” she said in an interview to Mumbai Mirror. Kareena had earlier said that Saif was provoked by Sharma. ‘I am sorry about Bebo’s stress level caused by our objection to their volume level,” she added.