Mukesh Bhatt has reacted strongly to allegations leveled by Bollywood actress Luviena Lodh, who alleged that filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has been harassing her. While Luviena Lodh has alleged that she is married to Mahesh Bhatt’s nephew Sumit Sabharwal, the filmmaker has denied any relation. In an exclusive interaction with ETimes, Mukesh Bhatt stated, “As mentioned in our defamation plaint submitted in the courts today, that Mr. Sumit Sabharwal is only an employee in my production company Vishesh Films for over 20 years as opposed to Ms. Luveena Lodh’s claims that he is our relative in various media reports and publications.”
The filmmaker also stated that their name is being dragged into the controversy with an ‘ulterior motive’. “Ms. Luveena Lodh has consciously and maliciously orchestrated a campaign along with her benefactors to nefariously defame and besmirch the good name and reputation of my brother and myself with the sole and ulterior motive to garner publicity in the hopes that the same would motivate a lucrative out of court settlement in her matrimonial dispute with Sumit. We have the highest faith in our judicial system and intend to see this suit to its logical end.”
In a video shared by Luviena Lodh on Instagram, she had stated that Mahesh Bhatt was the biggest don of the industry and that if anything was to happen to her or her family, the people responsible would be Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt.