Nov 222017

Just days before the release of erotic film ‘Julie 2’, three video clips of South siren Raai Laxmi’s lovemaking scenes from the film have reportedly leaked online. According to reports, one video is a close-up shot of Raai Laxmi indulging in passionate lovemaking, second clip is that of her kissing, and the third one shows the actress smiling as the camera pans to her derriere.

Raai Laxmi's Julie 2 sex scenes leaked
Raai Laxmi in ‘Julie 2’. Pic/YouTube

Speaking about the leak, Raai Laxmi told BollywoodLife, “I am busy promoting the film and wasn’t even aware of this! I can’t believe these scenes have leaked. It’s ridiculous that someone would want to do this to the film before release.”

‘Julie 2’, which was caught in a legal battle, is all set to release on November 24, said producer Pahlaj Nihalani, who was livid over the financial losses he and his director Deepak Shivdasani had to suffer due to the copyright case lodged against their film by producer N.R. Pachisia. Nihalani and his director had to cough up a compensatory amount to be able to release the film.

“What we gave him was even less than the lawyer’s fees. But what Pachisia has taken away is our faith in people from our own fraternity. Pachisia knows what producers have to go through when their films are stalled legally or otherwise at the last moment,” said Nihalani. “He still went ahead and filed a bogus case against our film claiming ‘Julie 2’ infringed on the copyrights of the film ‘Julie’ which Pachisia had produced in 2004. We kept shouting and vowing that ‘Julie 2’ had nothing to do with the film that he had produced,” added the former CBFC chief. Now, ‘Julie 2’ is finally freed of legal obstacles and ready for release.

“We had to postpone the release thrice. We are now releasing on November 24. But we want action taken against all litigants who try to stop a film’s release at the last minute. This is done only to make quick money or to gain instant publicity,” he said.

The story of the protagonist in ‘Julie 2′ is apparently based on the life of a well-known glamorous actress of the 1990s and 2000s. The film’s makers are withholding the actress’ name to avoid legal trouble for the film. As a hint, the actress concerned started her career with a Hindi film featuring one of the Khan superstars. But it was her booming career in the south, in Tamil and Telugu cinema, that made her a star. However, her affair with a married Tamil-Telugu superstar drove her out of the south Indian film industry and she went on to become a big name in Bhojpuri films. Such incidents and episodes from the real-life actress are replicated faithfully in ‘Julie 2’.

‘Julie 2’ lead actress Raai Laxmi said, “I am not denying the similarities between my character and the actress. These similarities are there. I don’t know if they’re deliberate or just a coincidence.”

However, Nihalani said, “It’s definitely based on the actress…. In fact, one of the main actors who is a part of our cast was also involved with that actress. We are not naming her as we don’t want our film to be stopped. But once the film opens next Friday, it will be obvious to all which real-life actress Raai Laxmi is playing.”

Does Nihalani anticipate any legal trouble? “It’s possible that the actress may recognize herself and come forward. However, we have made sure she is not mentioned anywhere in any of the press meets.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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