Bhool Bhulaiyaa actor Rajpal Yadav sentenced to three months prison
On Friday, the Delhi High Court sentenced Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav to three months in civil prison for failing to repay a loan of Rs. 5cr. Yadav and his wife Radha had taken the loan in 2010 to make the Hindi film Ata Pata Laapata, which marked the actor's directorial debut. Yadav will lodged in the Tihar Jail for the duration of his sentence.
The Delhi High Court's ruling came in a civil case filed by Delhi-based company Murli Projects against Yadav's company Shree Naurang Godavari Entertainment. Interestingly, in 2015, Yadav had claimed that he had repaid Rs. 1.58cr of the loan, and had told the court that he had got a fresh work offer which would enable him to repay the remaining Rs. 3.42cr in 30 days.
Notably, this won't be Yadav's first stint in prison. In 2013, the actor had been sent to the Tihar Jail for three days - from December 3 to December 6 - for filing a false affidavit in court.
Yadav's directorial debut film Ata Pata Laapata, a political satire, was released in November 2012, and starred veteran actors like Asrani, Om Puri, and Vikram Gokhale. However, the movie tanked at the Box Office. The actor will next be seen in the comedy film Total Dhamaal, to be released next year. The movie will star Bollywood heavyweights like Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit etc.
Rajpal Yadav is known for his impeccable comic timing, and has an established career in Bollywood, having starred in dozens of movies including Hungama, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, and Partner.