T-Series has been slapped with a legal notice from actress Kangana Ranaut to block the release of its upcoming movie ‘I Love New Year’, in which she played the lead role.
The movie ‘I Love New Year’ is directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru and was initially planned to be released in February 2013. Along with Kangana Ranaut, the movie also stars Sunny Deol in the lead role.
Reportedly, the release got pushed to April, then to September and later December the same year, but did not hit the screens. However, the exact reason for the delay is still a secret, as the film was subsequently shelved when the trailer did not receive good response and the outcome of Sunny’s last few films at box office wasn’t impressive.
The Indian Express quoted Rizwan Siddique, Lawyer of Kangana Ranaut, as saying that “The producer ought to realise that. By belatedly releasing an abandoned film, they would wilfully hamper the name and image of my client (Kangana), which is morally and ethically wrong. In my notice, I have asked them to stop the release of the said film, as was verbally assured to my client on numerous occasions.”
“The film Industry thrives on trust. Not everything is supposed to be looked at as black and white and with commercial interests. My client blindly trusted and believed in what the producer communicated to her and therefore did not even insist on a copy of the agreement,” Siddiquee said.
According to PTI, Bhushan Kumar of T-Series refuted the allegations and sadi the notice was “baseless”. “I think the notice is baseless. As we (T-Series) are not releasing the film, I can’t stop it (release). We had sold the film to Wave Cinemas one-and-half-years back… Even before ‘Queen’ was released. Now they are releasing the film.”
“Also, we do not have any deal with her where we need to take permission from her for releasing the film. This thing does happen today, but only with big stars like Salman Khan,” he said.
Kumar made it clear that there is no money pending to be given to Kangana. “It is not true that money is due. We will reply to her notice with a copy of the bank receipts. Her last payment has also been cleared,” he added.
Kangana Ranaut, whose few of the movies like ‘Queen’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ have hit the box office and made huge profits, is upset as the producers of ‘I Love New Year’ are releasing the movie without her permission. Apparently the makers are cashing in on her recent box office success but can she stop it?