News about gangster Ravi Pujari demanding Rs 5 crore from the singer started doing rounds this morning...
Just this morning we told you about reports that infamous gangster Ravi Pujari had threatened Arijit Singh and told him to pay up Rs 5 crore as hafta. While Singh has not complied he has reported the same to the police and also revealed that Pujari, as negotiation wants him to do a few free shows fro his men instead of coughing up Rs 5 crore. While he has not lodged a formal FIR against Pujari or asked for police protection in the matter, Arijit has issued a formal statement on the matter! Read on for Arijit's full statement...
"I generally don't answer to unknown numbers. That day when Ravi Pujari called my phone was off and he called my manager Tarsame Mittal. Tarsame told me he wants to talk to me and made a conference call. By then I got to know from Tarsame that he was asking a ridiculous amount of money. But over the phone he was talking like a gentle man and asked me if I can sing songs for him and told me to be in touch. My manager gave a statement to police station about it. And police confirmed with me as well. They offered me security but I told them I have not been threatened so I don't need security.
Later on I got to know from Tarsame that Nattu Bhai (show organiser in the USA ) got a random call from some promoter to do a show with us in a lower budget and that's why he asked Ravi Pujari to call and finalise it. My management spoke to the promoter and sorted it out. We will do the show if it is under controlled budget.
My reactions are pretty normal about it as it is not a big deal. We got pressurised from various sources before and trust to handle those were much more difficult. This matter is getting hyped because of one name Ravi Pujari. We are touring in the USA and definitely doing the shows. I have faith in every single human being around me. Everything will be fine. But one thing is there for sure. The place I come from is Murshidabad. I am a simple guy. If it becomes too complicated I will rather spent time and live life in peace back in my native place.(sic)"
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