Gnanavelraja accuses Sivakarthikeyan of suppressing facts

The actor stopped taking calls, the producer claimed, despite his fee being set at ₹1 crore and ₹10 lakh being prepaid

The actor stopped taking calls, the producer claimed, despite his fee being set at ₹1 crore and ₹10 lakh being prepaid

Film producer KE Gnanavelraja has accused actor D. Sivakarthikeyan of withholding various facts while approaching the Madras High Court regarding the payment of a full fee of 15 crore for playing the lead role in the film Mr. Local from 2019.

When the case was referred to Justice M. Sundar on Thursday, the producer’s counsel, Vijayan Subramanian, filed a counter affidavit against the case filed by the actor. After including the bar in the file, the judge adjourned the case until April 7.

In the affidavit, the producer said that Mr. Sivakarthikeyan’s first movie, Marina, was only released in February 2012. During that period, he had often approached the producer to express his desire to act under the banner of Studio Green Films.

On March 3, 2013, the production company signed an agreement with him to make a film. His reward was set at ₹1 crore and ₹10 lakh was paid in advance. However, that project never got off the ground because the actor stopped taking phone calls, the producer claimed.

After several rounds of mediation, the actor agreed to make a film with the production company in 2018 but demanded a fee of ₹15 crore. A new agreement was signed in July 2018. The old agreement was terminated, but the advance payment was not refunded, the producer claimed.

Claim that the movie Mr Local did not do well at the box office leading to a loss of 20 crore but the producer said he still managed to pay ₹12.78 crore to the actor and not just ₹11.11 crore like the latter claimed. The producer said a balance of just ₹2.4 crore was due to the actor.

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