The controversy around Kedarnath refuses to die down, as director Abhishek Kapoor and producer Prernaa Arora from KriArj Entertainment, are involved in an ugly legal tussle. Prernaa has dragged Abhishek to court, and filed a lawsuit against him, alleging breach of contract. The production company has accused Abhishek of being inefficient and delaying the film.
The film production banner, KriArj Entertainment, has now said that it will move the Bombay High Court to reinforce its right on the film.
Kedarnath, starring Sushant Singh Rajput was supposed to be Sara Ali Khan's dream debut. However, with the film's future looking bleak, father Saif Ali Khan is reportedly worried and on the lookout for backup options.
A source told Deccan Chronicle, "This time Saif is on the lookout for the right vehicle for his daughter's launch. So far, her mother Amrita Singh has been calling the shots."
The last we heard, Amrita Singh blasted Abhishek for jeopardizing her daughter's career.
In a statement, KriArj Entertainment's lawyer Lavin C Hirani said, "We will be moving the Bombay High Court for enforcing our rights on the film by early next week and we hope to secure the necessary reliefs from the honourable court. There is enough material to show that KriArj has complied with all its commitments as per their understanding with Abhishek Kapoor/GITS (Guy In The Sky productions). As I understand, there have been several serious defaults by GITS of its duties and obligations towards KriArj, including there being severe delays in the production of the film which was completely in a mess right from the start of the film for reasons solely attributable to GITS. Inspite of the above, KriArj provided its unconditional support to GITS and continued to make huge investments in the film till it was realised that the amounts were not being used for the right purposes."
The lawyer also said, "KriArj has tried to salvage the situation with GITS several times including making multiple efforts to resolve issues to no avail. KriArj, T-Series and Balaji are the rightful owners of the film as its co-producers and therefore, GITS has no rights to oust KriArj out of the film and out of its legal rights as producers and owners of the film."
However Abhishek's lawyer has a different tale to tell. Earlier in a press statement he said, "GITS has terminated the agreement with KriArj on January 15, 2018 on account of default committed by KriArj. Defaults include default in payment, bouncing of cheque and bouncing of NEFT; as importantly, also lack of transparency in their dealings. GITS did not decide to make the contents of termination public." The lawyer also added that KrArj was spreading "mischievous" rumours.
Rumours of a spat between Abhishek and Prernaa started last year itself. Prernaa wasn't keen that Kedarnath should release on December 21, as it would clash with SRK's Zero. However, Abhishek went ahead and announced the release date on Twitter. He refused to budge from his stance.
Meanwhile, the latest buzz is that Sara might join Ranveer Singh in Simmba.