Sanjay Dutt's debut production Rascals, which is slated for October 6 release, has run into a legal tangle. Cinemax Pvt Ltd has filed a lawsuit against Dutt's production partners Vinay Choksey and Sanjay Ahluwalia.
Cinemax had given the producers Rs 2 crore for a film which never got made. "The hearing on the stay order which we have demanded will be held on either Monday or Tuesday. Choksey and Ahluwalia had taken Rs 2 crore from our company in 2008. Their company Rupali Aum Entertainment was supposed to make a film for us with that amount. That film never got made. We want our money back," Sunil Punjabi, CEO, Cinemax told Mumbai Mirror.
If the stay order is passed, it would stall the film's release across the country.
Vinay Choksey has another story to tell. "Look, we have been fighting a legal battle with Cinemax Pvt Ltd for over a year now. Seeing that our film with Dutt, Rascals, is releasing next month, they have simply thrown a spanner. The matter is under arbitration. In 2008, we had made an agreement for a film with Cinemax Pvt Ltd. We distributed Rs 2 crore which they gave us- we hired a director, shelled out signing amounts to some actors and recorded three songs. Suddenly, Cinemax Pvt Ltd wanted to back out from the deal. They refused to shell out more money. They made us wait and gave us various reasons for the same. We had no choice but to stall the project," Choksey told the tabloid.
"There were many witnesses for our 2008 deal. I don't want to name them and spoil their relations with Cinemax Pvt Ltd. They all know who is right and who is wrong. There is a lot of evidence in the form of mails exchanged between us and Cinemax. We are yet to receive the papers of the new legal suit. My lawyer will read the papers and then decide how we fight them ahead," he added.
Directed by David Dhawan, Rascals stars Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Kangana Ranaut and Arjun Rampal.