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Priyanka Chopra keen to halt production of biopic

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Jun 03, 2014 | 10:34am EDT

Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has sent a legal notice to ex-boyfriend Aseem Merchant in a bid to halt a planned biopic about her former manager, Prakash Jaju. The Bollywood star had a falling out with Jaju in 2008 after he was imprisoned for three months for allegedly sending Chopra obscene messages, and now Merchant is planning to make a film about the svengali's time in prison. Chopra fears it will focus on her personal and professional life and has filed legal papers to stop production on the movie, according to the Mumbaimirror.com. The notice reads, "Our client is shocked to note that while all the news articles mention the proposed film as your biopic, the promotions largely refer to our client... rather than references to you. You are intending to collude with Mr. Merchant in violation of our client's rights, including right to privacy, defaming our client and lowering her reputation, seeking to subject her to hatred and ridicule. "Our client calls upon you to withdraw all the publicity material of the film with immediate effect, desist using or referring to any personal or confidential information about her and/or her family, desist from producing, releasing the proposed film and tender an unconditional apology to her." Merchant has received the legal notice, but still plans to move forward with the project. He says, "We are going ahead with the project and we do not want to succumb to any pressure tactics. We have already replied to her notice."

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