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Gangster Ravi Pujari’s men ransack UTV’s Bangalore office and leave a chilling warning for its boss
By Bangalore Mirror Bureau (July 14, 2009)

Ronnie Screwvala

Bangalore police are alarmed by an attack on a private TV channel’s office by six armed men who wanted to know the whereabouts of the company’s owner. The men claimed to be gangster Ravi Pujari’s associates.

DCP (East) M Chandrashekar said police is investigating why Pujari is targeting UTV owner Ronnie Screwvala. “We need to trace Screwvala’s previous relationship, if any, with the Pujari gang. A thorough probe is being conducted,” he said.

Screwvala is a big name in the TV and film industry. His company runs several channels and also produces films one of which was ‘Rang De Basanti’.

On Saturday, six persons barged into the UTV office on CMH Road at Indiranagar around 5 pm. Security guard Sathish and a job-seeker, Jamad, were in the office. Brandishing a pistol, one of the gangsters asked Sathish the whereabouts of Screwvala. When Sathish pleaded ignorance, the six broke windows and assaulted Jamad with a pistol butt.

According to the police, the attackers warned of ‘serious action against Ronnie if he continued to support Dawood’.

The gang handed a letter to Sathish that read ‘Last warning – contact Ravi Pujari’. It mentioned an international telephone number.

Six men asked the security guard about Screwvala’s whereabouts. When he pleaded ignorance, they broke windows and assaulted a job-seeker

Pujari men target UTV office

Sources said Pujari’s gang had called up UTV’s office in Mumbai too and left a similar message.

Pujari is wanted in Bangalore in several cases of extortion. “We keep getting complaints of such calls. Some are made from Bangalore, but using international calling cards of different countries to camouflage the origin of the call. It is difficult to trace such calls. Some calls are made using Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which also cannot be traced,” said a police officer.

In Mumbai, Screwvala could not be reached for his comments, but Deven Khote, founder-member and director of UTV, said, “I have no idea about the incident.”

Additional Commissioner (Crime) Deven Bharti said, “I am not in Mumbai. I have no idea about this incident. I will check.”

WHO IS RAVI PUJARI

Ravi Pujari

Ravi Pujari started his criminal career at Andheri. He is a school dropout, but speaks English, Hindi and Kannada. He was a small-time criminal till he killed Bala Zalte, a rival. He joined gangster Chhota Rajan who took a liking to him.

He moved to Dubai in the late 1990s and extorted from builders and hoteliers. They parted ways after Dawood Ibrahim made an attempt on Rajan’s life in Bangkok, Thailand in 2000.

Pujari is believed to be hiding in Australia now. He often calls up the police claiming to have targeted people close to Dawood or his aide Chhota Shakeel.


By Taran Adarsh, April 23, 2009 – 09:01 IST

SRK, Aamir, Akshay, Hrithik, Saif, Amitabh Everyone’s talking about the lull in business. With no major release in the pipeline for the next few weeks, the scenario looks grim, very grim in fact. But let’s not get hassled, for the best is reserved for the next seven months. Read on…

A lot of people aren’t aware that as many as 45 big-budget films are ready to hit the screens from June onwards. From Akshay, SRK, Aamir, Hrithik to Shahid, Salman, Abhishek, John, Ajay Devgan, everyone’s going to have multiple films in the next seven months [June to December this year]. Check it out:

  • Akshay has four releases happening this year, starting with KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, followed by BLUE, DE DHANA DHAN and ACTION REPLAY…
  • SRK will have MY NAME IS KHAN and also a film where he makes a special appearance, DULHA MIL GAYA…
  • Aamir will have two releases this year, 3 IDIOTS and wife Kiran Rao’s directorial debut DHOBI GHAAT…
  • Hrithik will arrive with home-production KITES…
  • Salman has four films lined up back to back – WANTED, MAIN AUR MRS. KHANNA, LONDON DREAMS and VEER [the film is being shot non-stop]…
  • Saif has LOVE AAJ KAL [his production debut] and if all goes well, JIHAAD…
  • Shahid too will have multiple films, starting with KAMINAY, Yash Raj’s next [called HADIPPA?], Ken Ghosh’s film [yet untitled] and PAATHSHAALA. Hopefully, the much-delayed MILENGE MILENGE might also release this year…
  • Ranbir will have two releases – AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI and WAKE UP SID, while RAJNITI will arrive early next year…
  • Imran too will have two releases, LUCK and DELHI BELLY…
  • Ajay, like Akshay, will have four films, LONDON DREAMS, TOONPUR KA SUPERHERO, ALL THE BEST [home-production] and hopefully, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI…
  • Bachchan Sr. too is super-busy with ALADIN, RANN, PA, TEEN PATTI and SHOEBITE, all releasing this year…
  • Bachchan Jr. has RAAVAN and PA [he's overseeing the production for the first time]…
  • John Abraham has NEW YORK, HOOK YA CROOK, Abbas Tyrewala’s film and Deven Khote’s FILMCITY [to be shot in Mumbai]. Hopefully, Nagesh Kukunoor’s AASHAYEIN might also make it in the coming months…
  • Sanjay Dutt will devote time to politics and have multiple releases simultaneously, BLUE, LUCK, ALADIN, LAMHAA, CHATUR SINGH 2 STAR and ALL THE BEST.

Besides these biggies, there will be films by film-makers of repute, like Ashutosh Gowariker [IT'S MY RAASHEE?], Vishal Bhardwaj [ISHQIYA, directed by Abhishek Chaubey], Anil Kapoor [SHORTKUT], Vashu Bhagnani [KAL KISSNE DEKHA, DO KNOT DISTURB], RGV [AGYAAT], Anees Bazmee [IT'S MY LIFE], Madhur Bhandarkar [JAIL], Abbas-Mustan/Rumy Jafry [LIFE PARTNER], Satish Kaushik [TERE SANG], besides multiple films by ‘film factories’ UTV, Mukesh Bhatt and Vikram Bhatt.

Expect at least 5/6/7 films releasing every week, starting June onwards [once the strike is called off!].



  • shaziya: Vidhu Vinod Chopra remained unavailable for comment. But we wonder, has he forgotten his Munnabhai Gandhigiri lesson?
  • shaziya: The team of Eros International’s Veer has been looking forward to this day with great anticipation as the mega project finally hits the big screens
  • hitesh patel: glad came to know that we indians have developed something amaging.I urge the govt to take step in making people study who are not financially capable
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