Tamil thespian Kamal Haasan on Thursday rubbished reports that he had breached his contract with Pyramid Saimira by leaving Marmayogi in the lurch and clarified that the "production house didn't have enough funds to finish the project".
"The debacle of our film Marmayogi and the circumstances around it are well known. I worked on Marmayogi for a year. I made elaborate preparations, had sets built and even did some shooting. I didn't take any other assignment during that period," Kamal said in a statement.
"The project was put on back burner because Pyramid Saimira could not arrange funds to continue shooting. Having lost one year and an income of about Rs.40 crore, I had issued a notice to Pyramid Saimira on April 12, 2009 demanding payment of Rs.40 crore," he added.
Kamal says he hasn't received any reply from Pyramid on the notice.
"Probably to counter my legal action against them, they have decided to go to the press to campaign against me and sent me a notice making wild and false allegations. An interim reply also has been sent to it," said the thespian who recently completed 50 years in showbiz.
"The fact remains that I have obtained a caveat against them. Neither I nor Raajkamal Films International have received any stay order from any court. I will shortly be seeking legal advice on this case."
Production house Pyramid Saimira on Wednesday slapped a lawsuit on Tamil thespian for taking his fees (Rs.10.90 crore) but not completing Marmayogi.
Pyramid Saimira claims that Kamal had promised that first he would complete Marmayogi and then start work on any other movie. But the actor went ahead with the shooting of Unnaipol Oruvan, which is co-produced by his production house Rajkamal Films International and UTV International.
Unnaipol Oruvan is scheduled for a Sep 18 or 25 release.