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Khushboo gives ultimatum to Maxim
By L R Jagadheesan
BBC News, Madras

Khushboo will not accept an apology (Photo: RS Kumar)
Indian film star Khushboo has given Maxim magazine three weeks to pay compensation for publishing a faked photograph of her in a bikini.

The actress, who has been in more than 100 films, is seeking compensation of 30m Indian rupees ($680,000).

She said she was not willing to accept an apology and would sue if the magazine did not pay up.

Khushboo, who is popular in southern India, said the article had caused her "irreparable damage".

Her lawyer Karthikeyan said she was also planning to sue for defamation: "Irreversible damage has been done to her. An apology will not be sufficient."

The 35-year-old actress already filed a police complaint against the magazine following which the police in Madras (Chennai) seized several copies of the magazine from the newsstands.

The police also registered a criminal complaint against the publisher of the magazine under the "Indecent Representation of Women Act".

South Indian film actress, Khushboo, appearing in court in Madras
Khushboo is known for her outspokenness

The magazine had published the picture in its new Indian edition as part of a feature called "Women you will never see in Maxim - 100% fake".

The magazine subsequently apologised but failed to placate Khushboo, who is known for her outspokenness in a film world where conservatism still rules.

She faced a storm of protests last year after speaking out in favour of safe premarital sex and advising men not to insist on their brides being virgins.

Some political parties launched violent protests across Tamil Nadu state and filed several cases against her accusing her of hurting what they called Tamil sentiments.

Courts intervention stopped violent protests, but the cases against her are still pending before various courts in the state.

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