The caller allegedly threatened to kill his daughter Alia Bhatt and wife Soni Razdan if he was unable to fulfil his demand.
The caller, claiming to be a gang leader, demanded Rs 50 lakhs from the filmmaker.
For the sake of safety Mahesh Bhatt registered FIR under section 387, as per the reports.
Interestingly, this is not the first time B-town celebs have been targeted for extortion and death threats. Further, he provided his bank account number and other details to transfer money.
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Looking at the scenario; the Bhatts approached the Juhu police station to register a complaint against the caller. But, recently, in a shocking turn of events filmmaker, Mahesh Bhatt and Alia have received death threatening calls from an unidentified caller.
A case was then registered by Juhu Police and was picked up by the anti-extortion cell (AEC) of Mumbai Crime Branch which launched a probe, DCP (Crime) Vinay Rathod said.
In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Pooja Bhatt said that on December 21 a year ago, she was talking to dad Mahesh Bhatt over messages and while signing off he said: I love you kid, to which she replied: I love you too pops. The police could trace the person and take him into their custody.
Bhatt also took to Twitter earlier today to express his gratitude towards both Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra police for thwarting the extortion attempt.