There is further grief for Prernaa Arora’s beleaguered KriArj Entertainment which is engaged in a bitter legal battle over monetary issues in the Bombay High Court with actor and producer John Abraham’s JA Entertainment over the release of their co-production Parmanu.
One more production house, Gothic Entertainment, has come forward and staked claim to rights on the film alleging that it has paid KriArj Entertainment Rs. 17.25 crores towards production of multiple films being made under its banner, one of them being Parmanu.Gothic reportedly sent a notice to KriArj and also to Essel Vision (Zee Studios) which is another co-producer of Parmanu along with Kyta Production and JA Entertainment. A copy was also sent to filmmaker Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment which is reportedly believed to be investing Rs. 200 crores in KriArj Entertainment.
A Delhi legal team representing Gothic sent the notices shocking everybody caught up in the Battle of Parmanu because this fact had not been revealed by KriArj in court and now suddenly there’s another claimant on the scene demanding rights of the film. Gothic Entertainment had earlier co-produced the Nawazuddin Siddiqui Babumoshai Bandookbaaz.
Just a couple of days ago it seemed like the battle between KriArj and JA Entertainment over Parmanu had come to a settlement. And the film would be released on May 25 and not May 4 as was initially expected. KriArj had sought an injunction against Parmanu’s release which the court flatly refused to grant.
Instead, the court informed KriArj that if the film production company wanted to secure its rights in Parmanu, it should pay the entire balance amount of Rs. 6.5 crores owed to JA Entertainment that the actor and co-producer was pleading for. KriArj was further told that it had to show its commitment to Parmanu and its ability to spend Rs. 10 crores on the film’s P&A by depositing the money in court or in an escrow account.
Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is directed by Abhishek Sharma and written by Saiwyn Quadros, Sanyuktha Chawla Sheikh and Abhishek Sharma. The film based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran on May 1, 1998 features John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani.