Bollywood star breaks SA man’s nose

2012-02-23 10:24

Mumbai – Leading Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan surrendered to police after being accused of breaking a South African man’s nose in a brawl at a luxury hotel restaurant in Mumbai, India.

The star was released on bail after being questioned about the incident at Colaba police station.

He was charged with voluntarily causing severe hurt.

Khan (41) ran into trouble after a South African businessman registered a case with the police, complaining that he was pushed and punched in the face by the actor at the Taj Mahal Palace’s Wasabi Japanese restaurant.

The star was dining with his girlfriend, actress Kareena Kapoor, and friends on Tuesday when he allegedly clashed with Iqbal Sharma.

Police confirmed Sharma had told them that he was hit on the nose after a “heated argument”.

He told NDTV channel: “Saif and his friends (seated next to us) were loud and raucous. We only asked the hotel authorities to get them to quieten down.”

He claimed the actor then told him: “Do you know who I am? If you want peace, go to a library.”

This led to an argument, after which Sharma was allegedly pushed and punched in the face, leading to a broken nose.

The actor, however, claimed one of his friends was assaulted which led to the fight.

Khan, educated at leading English private school Winchester, is one of Bollywood’s biggest actors.

He is also a film producer and has recently been putting final touches to his spy-thriller Agent Vinod, which is set for release next month.

He became the new Nawab (Muslim prince) of the former princely state of Pataudi last year after the death of his famous cricketing father Mansur Ali Khan, better known as “Tiger Pataudi”.

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