Because Of Anees Bazmee,” Comic Actor Sunil Pal Hits Back Hard
Stand-up comedian Sunil Pal has taken on the big sharks ofBollywood primarily on principle. “It’s the question of my selfesteemnow. They(Anees Bazmee and his friends who allegedly refused to pay his money) are big successful people. I am a very small artiste. But I work hard to live with dignity.I won’t let anyone take that away from me,” says Sunil emotionally.
Anees’ latest salvo has hit Sunil really hard. “He says I didn’t get paid because I was too drunk to perform at the event where I had gone on Aneesji’s request.This is defamatory.And it will be very difficult for him to prove that I was drunk. Because I’ve never touched a drop of alcohol in my entire life.My only nasha in life is my work.I don’t need alcohol.”
Sunil says he never intended to make a hue and cry over the payment. “But Aneesji and his friends compelled me to do this. Their intentions were not right. When I agreed to perform at a private function on Aneesji’s request it was in the hope of getting work in his film. But I got nothing . No money no work. And after this incident, do you think Aneesji will ever think of giving me work?I’ll now be branded a trouble maker.”
Sunil says he agreed to do the show only on Anees Bazmee say-so. “I was scheduled to perform in Pune at a public event. I gave up that because a filmmaker of Anees Bazmi’s stature asked me to do show. How was I to know I wouldn’t be paid and I’d be maligned for asking for my rightful money?I charged them just a token 51,000 rupees. What is this small amount to a filmmaker of Aneesji’s stature? Not ony did he distance himself from my payment(after having gotten me on board) he even told me ‘Jo karna hai kar lo’ when I insisted on being paid.I may be a very small artiste. But I am an artiste, nonetheless. I won’t be taken for granted.”