The makers of Coffee With D have filed a complaint with the police after reportedly receiving threatening calls from underworld gangster Chota Shakeel’s close aides. Meanwhile, the film’s star Sunil Grover tweeted to say he had filed no complaints, and that it was an instance of “fake news”. The aides reportedly asked the team to remove selected portions of the movie which take a potshot at Dawood Ibrahim. The aides also threatened to stall the film’s release if the makers did not comply.
Promotional videos for the film have already been released on YouTube, and this has miffed the gangster and his aides. In an interview with the Times of India, the film’s director Vishal Mishra said, “We have been getting calls from Chhota Shakeel’s team and we have filed a police complaint. All the recordings have been given to the police. All the calls I am getting are from international number which belong to Dubai. Police are investigating the matter.”
The film’s premise is about a journalist Arnab (Sunil Grover) who interviews Dawood Ibrahim (Zakir Hussain). Sunil Grover had thus far kept mum about the controversy. However, his tweet now appears to directly contradict the director’s claim:
I am not in Delhi. I am not filing any complaint against anybody. It's a fake news.
— Sunil Grover (@WhoSunilGrover) January 2, 2017
The director reacted to the actor’s tweet by saying, “Sunil was the first person who received the threat call and police will go through everyone’s call records.”