Superstar Shah Rukh Khan allegedly punched and slapped Farah Khan’s filmmaker husband Shirish Kunder at a private party thrown by Sanjay Dutt.
The fracas took place late last night at the Agneepath success party at a nightclub where Shah Rukh is said to have roughed up Kunder, who has been taking potshots at the actor and his mega budget film Ra.One on Twitter.
The Jaan-E-Mann director reportedly left the party with a swollen face. The party also came to an end and Dutt and SRK left with the owner of the nightclub soon after.
Shell shocked with the incidents of the night gone by, Kunder was expectedly jittery once slap-gate incident started picking up heat.
"Everyone knows what really happened at the party; it isn’t a hidden fact at all. Of course it was ugly and I was quite shaken up with what happened. When someone attacks you from behind and comes prepared with a set of bodyguards to protect his own self, you don’t really have a choice, do you? "All I feel is that if at all there was so much pent up anger in him, he could have gone verbal. Getting physical hasn’t reflected well on either of us," Kunder said tonight.
Shah Rukh Khan tweeted in the night but made only an indirect reference to the episode.
"Another long nite. Shooting for a public service msg film about education peace & harmony. Feels ironic when I read & see wot is being said," he said, without making any mention of the fracas.
Kunder, the Jaan-E-Mann director, had left the party with a swollen face. The party also came to an end and Dutt and SRK left with the owner of the nightclub soon after.
"Frankly, this is hardly the kind of attention that I want. In fact I am wary of any kind of attention, be it for something as wrong as this which was completely unprovoked or even something good for which I may have been responsible. I like to keep a low profile and Sunday’s late night party was one of those rare instances when I actually attended a gathering," Kunder said.
Farah spoke about the incident in a statement but denied they were going to pursue the matter with police.
"Shahrukh has always told me that physical abuse is the worst way to sort out a problem, and that it means the person who’s hitting has either a personal or professional crisis going on. So it saddens me to see him doing the same," Farah said in a statement.
Kunder had earlier taken to his Twitter account to say: "Thanks for all your concern & wishes. We are very grateful. Contrary to rumours, we have no intention of filing a FIR or police complaint."
Dutt, who was also present when the incident happened denied reports that he was also involved in the fight, saying he only tried to break up the fight.
"When a fight takes place so everybody who is around is blamed. Sanjay entered to stop the fight. He had no fight or anything of that sort with Shirish," Dutt’s spokesperson told PTI.
Once very good friends, Farah choreographed SRK in several of his films and directed him in Main Hoon Naa and Om Shanti Om but their friendship soured after she cast Akshay Kumar in Tees Maar Khan in 2010.
Kunder is reported to have said, "Shah Rukh punched and jumped on me. And he had three bodyguards with him. I don’t know what got him. I was numb with shock so I couldn’t react. He kept screaming at me, ‘What do you think of yourself? I’ll see to it that you’re out of this industry."
Shah Rukh’s enmity with Kunder apparently stems from the days when he refused to do Kunder’s Joker.
Kunder, occasionally takes jibes at the actor on his Twitter page, recently calling his sci-fi Ra.One "a 150 cr firework fizzle".
The other celebrities present at the party, however, have come out in support of King Khan, saying Kunder had it coming.
"Shah Rukh is supr rockin.. Good he gave it 2 shirish. people shud learn 2 b grateful to king khan, afterall he has been so supportive 2 farah. Glad@iamsrk told shirish off n put him in place. SRK has done so much 4 farah. they shud b grateful n not abusing srk (sic)," Ameesha Patel tweeted. "I was present at Sanj’s party & Without Any Bias I Fully Support Shah Rukh (sic)," celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani tweeted.
Dutt had hosted the bash at the popular Juhu nightspot to celebrate the successful opening of Agneepath.(PTI)