A Nagpur film distributor has filed a civil case against film star and Bol Bachchan co-producer Ajay Devgn and Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd in a local court,alleging that the producers unilaterally went in for a deal with another company by dishonouring the one struck with him last year for all-India theatre rights and not refunding him his token money.
Appu Wadhwani,the distributor running a company Hira Laxmi Amusement Private Ltd,has moved a local court praying for not allowing the producers to release the film as scheduled on July 6 and not allowing the subsequent distribution deal to take effect till the case is resolved.
Principal District Judge S D Mohammad has issued notices to the producers and has asked their lawyer Abhay Chandurkar to file a statement on the matter on Thursday. Devgns lawyer has agreed to file his reply on Thursday.
According to Wadhwanis lawyer Harish Dangre,His client had entered into an agreement with the producers for all-India theatre rights (distribution) in October 11 last year for Rs 53.20 crore and had paid a token money of Rs 1.01 crore. But the producers later entered into a fresh deal with Fox Star Studios and sent Wadhwani another copy of a new agreement with totally one-sided terms and conditions in favour of the producers. The producers then sold the rights to Fox for Rs 94 crore. Wadhwani kept seeking his money back but the producers kept him waiting for months. Finally,Wadhwani filed an application for appointment of arbitrator in April 2012 as the deal was deemed as valid on account of execution of exchange of agreements. But nothing happened. So,he moved the local court on Wednesday,seeking stoppage to release of the film and treating the earlier deal as valid till the matter is settled.