The Bollywood actor, Saif Ali Khan, hinted that he is hoping to settle his recent dispute with a South African businessman out of court after the two men both lodged complaints with the police accusing each other of physical assault.
The well known actor hit the headlines last week after he was involved in an altercation with businessman, Iqbal Sharma, at the Taj Palace Restaurant in Mumbai; immediately after the fight Khan insisted that he had acted in self defence.
This week however, the Bollywood star spoke out to publically apologise for the incident saying, “I would like to apologise for what happened and for what everyone saw.” Saif Ali Khan said he is “in talks” with Mr Sharma, who has since returned to South Africa to attend to his business affairs, adding that he hopes to “sort it out amongst ourselves more constructively.”
A source close to the star claims Khan is keen to draw a line under the whole incident and dispel any negative publicity ahead of the release of his eagerly anticipated movie, Agent Vinod, which is due out on March 23rd. The movie has been produced by Khan, and also stars the Bollywood actor in the title role opposite his real life girlfriend, Kareena Kapoor.
The 41-year-old actor has denied that the hotel brawl as a publicity stunt ahead of the release of Agent Vinod, stressing that his movie doesn’t need to resort to cheap tricks for self promotion.