Bharat Shah is a diamond merchant and notable Hindi film financer and distributor, under his banner VIP Films. He is most noted for producing the film Devdas starring Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai. He also financed, Dil Se.. in 1998 and Rascals in 2011, a Sanjay Dutt production starring Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut.
In 2001, Shah was arrested following an investigation into whether a film he financed Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, was funded by the Indian mafia. This arrest led to a conviction in 2003 for not disclosing fellow producer, Nazim Rizwi's links to the Indian mafia. Rizwi and his assistant, Abdul Rahim Allahbaksh Khan were also found convicted of forging links with the Indian mafia to extort film personalities. Shah was sentenced to one year in jail but as he had already been spent fourteen months in jail as part of his trial, he was freed. Rizwi and Khan were sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment and a 5 lakhs fine each.
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