Bollywood actor John Abraham’s upcoming flick ‘Parmanu’ has been through a lot of controversies and this time; the actor has fallen into trouble. The film was expected to hit the theatres in February, but has been postponed to release on May 4 and the reason behind it is said to be a tussle between its producers, JA Entertainment and KriArj Entertainment.
Well, looks like things have turned ugly as KriArj Entertainment’s Prerna Arora has filed an FIR against John Abraham and his company. After issuing statements against each other, terminating contracts and initiating a legal battle, FIR has been lodged against actor-producer John Abraham by KriArj production house, accusing him of “cheating”, “fraud” and “copyright infringement”.
A statement by KriArj Entertainment as quoted in DNA read: “FIR has been registered by Khar Police Station against John Abraham and his company JA Ent after criminal complaint was filed by Kriarj Entertainment for commission of various criminal offences including cheating, breach of trust, fraud, misappropriation of funds and copyright infringement due to John and his company duping KriArj Entertainment out of the crores of rupees invested by KriArj Entertainment towards the production of the film Parmanu.”
On the other side, as per a statement released by John Abraham, KriArj has been faulty in their payments for Parmanu’s production.
“Our payments have either been delayed or we have received wrong UTR number. Cheque payments have been stopped time and again. Delay in payments and non-payments have caused delays in the post-production work even after the film’s principal shoot was completed on time last year. Despite repeated follow-ups, the distribution plan for the film has not been shared and there has been no transparency in their dealings with third parties,” read the statement.
In response to the allegations made by John about the delays in payment, Prernaa Arora, head of KriArj Entertainment, told The Quint, “John Abraham pegged the budget of Parmanu at Rs 35 crore which was way too high for a film which had no stars except John Abraham, and even that (John’s stardom) is disputable. Anyway, of that 35 crore we’ve already paid John Rs 30 crore, Rs 3 crore will be paid on delivery. It’s just the remaining Rs 2 crore that we at KriArj have been pleading with Mr Abraham to forgo. But he is not willing to budge. Instead of understanding the economics of this project, he accuses me of not understanding the dynamics and economics of film production. Excuse me, I grew up in an environment of film production. I don’t need anyone questioning my capabilities as a producer.”
Meanwhile, John Abraham has not issued any statement regarding the FIR filed against him.