Actor Anupam Kher who has been sued by the makers of Gandhi to Hitler for not returning signing amount, has now approached CINTAA (Cinema & Television Artistes' Association) to intervene in the matter.
Raza Murad, chairperson of the joint dispute settlement committee, CINTAA, tells Mid Day: "In my 25 years with CINTAA, we've never received any complaint against Anupam Kher. He is one of our most professional actors. Why didn't the makers of this film (Gandhi To Hitler) approach us earlier? Why didn't they complain when Anupam backed out?"
About Anupam Kher not returning the signing amount, Murad says, "There's generally a mutual understanding between the actor and producer on this matter. In this case, too, maybe there was an understanding that the signing amount would be adjusted for whatever preparation Anupam had undertaken for the role. How else can you explain why the producers didn't ask him to return the money when he backed out?"
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'It's a character assassination'
Murad continues, "It's a small industry; there are no permanent friends or enemies here. We don't approve of this kind of character assassination of an artiste just for publicity. We're here to protect our artistes, but if they are in the wrong we won't hesitate pulling them up."
Let's see what happens in the next round of this issue. Stay glued.