Over the past few days, a battle has been intensifying between John Abraham’s production company JA Entertainment and Prernaa Arora’s banner, KriArj Entertainment.
John Abraham and Diana Penty starrer Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran continues its struggle to have a smooth entry in the cinema halls. With the on-going feud between its producers, KriArj and JA Entertainment taking a sour turn, John Abraham has filed three criminal complaints against Prernaa Arora.
In a recent official statement, John’s JA Entertainment stated, “John Abraham, Director of M/s JA Entertainment has filed three criminal complaints against Prernaa Arora and her company, KriArj Entertainment for cheating, breach of trust, defamation and offences committed under the Information Technology Act.”
The statement further read, “John Abraham, through his production house JA Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. had signed a Co-production agreement with Prernaa Arora’s company Kriarj Entertaiment Pvt. Ltd. wherein Kriarj had agreed to pay Rs 35 crores to John’s company to cover the cost of production, fees of all actors and other production related expenses and had also agreed to additionally bear the Print and Advertisement expenses (P&A) for the film Parmanu- The Story of Pokhran against which John had agreed to assign the exploitation rights and 50% IPR of the film to Prernaa’s company. ”
JA Entertainment also added, “However, after Prernaa’s repeated delays in making payments by stopping cheque payments and giving wrong bank transfer details (UTR numbers) at every stage and refusal to pay the last tranches of payment, which were critical for completing the post-production work of the film, John followed the due process as laid down by law. He first gave a legal notice to cure the breach and after Prernaa’s failure to cure the breaches, John terminated the agreement with Prernaa in order to save his film.”
After receiving close to 30 Crores from KriArj as and when demanded by them on a film which was to be made on a budget of Rs 22 Crores. KriArj was never given books of accounts showing the true extent of expenses done on the Film, in spite of having requested for the same. This is just one of the several breaches due to which we have sued JA Ent before the Bombay High Court. We have great respect for the judiciary. As the matter is sub judice we reserve our right to make further statements once matters are decided by Court.”
Recently, reports of Prernaa Arora filing FIR against the actor were also doing the rounds. JA Entertainment, however, rubbished any such report and had released a statement that read, “This is with reference to the media reports stating that an FIR (First Information Report) has been registered at the Khar Police Station against Mr John Abraham and his production house, JA Entertainment. We would like to categorically state that this statement is factually incorrect and misleading.”
Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is an upcoming Indian Hindi film, directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced byZee Studios, JA Entertainment and KriArj Entertainment. The film is written by Saiwyn Quadras, Sanyuktha Chawla Sheikh and Abhishek Sharma. The film is based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Armyat Pokhran in 1998. It features John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani. It is slated to be released on 4 May 2018.
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