Celebrity management firm Mindscapes One recently signed up Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni for 200 crores…but they seem to have forgotten to pay the models who walked the ramp for them in Kolkata Fashion Week a year ago.
Delhi-based Elite modelling agency has lodged an FIR against Mindscapes for non payment and cheating. Sushma Puri, CEO Elite, said, “Mindscapes has not only cheated us but also others including choreographers, light and sound designers, music
compilers who rendered services during the 2nd Kolkata Fashion Week in 2009. The money owed is 45 lakhs.” Choreographer Anisha Bahl, who is also waiting for her payment, said, “It’s been a year and we haven’t been paid. Numerous reminders have got no response.
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HT City contacted Pratik Sen, director, Mindscapes (which had a different name earlier), and he said, “This is just to get media attention. It was Yudhajit Dutta, one of our ex-directors, who negotiated with Elite for costing and models. He had not kept the board in the loop. We were excessively overcharged by Elite.” When contacted, Yudhojit Dutta, said, “I am not working with Mindscapes any more. And the money has to be paid by the Mindscapes Maestro, not me.”
In this fight, the sufferers are the poor models who have not been paid. “It is very unfair of them to not pay me my due. If there were problems, they should have sorted it out and not let models suffer unnecessarily,” says model Krishna Somani, who walked the ramp.