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Malaika Arora cancels Australia appearance over non-payment of fees

Bollywood actor Malaika Arora reportedly cancelled an Australia appearance at the last minute over a monetary dispute.

bollywood Updated: Jul 18, 2018 12:46 IST
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Malaika Arora has reportedly cancelled an appearance at the last minute over differences with regards to payment, says report. She was scheduled to appear at a fashion event in Australia this week.

Malaika was supposed to fly down to Victoria on Wednesday to make it in time for her appearance at the show, organised by Elite Vin Productions and Friends India Entertainment (FIE). According to a Mid-Day report, Malaika backed out of the show minutes before the flight because the organisers allegedly did not meet the requirements of the contract. Malaika was supposed to be paid in full prior to her arrival.

“Passes for the VVIP, VIP, Gold and Silver tables of the Denim & Diamonds event were already sold. While she was set for the performance till Tuesday, she called it off the next day, few minutes before she was to board the flight. The organisers had promised to pay her the full amount before Wednesday. Since they did not honour their commitment, Malaika declined to go. It was a fair and professional call taken by her,” a source was quoted as saying.

Several popular Bollywood stars earn crores from appearances on dance tours, such as the ongoing Dabanng Reloaded Tour led by Salman Khan. That tour, too, has seen its fair share of problems, with reports of double-selling of tickets doing the rounds.

When Mid-Day reached out to the organiser for comment, he said, “The event got cancelled due to various reasons. There was no issue from the celebrity’s [Malaika] end. It’s just bad luck and we will plan the event again soon.” Talking about whether or not money was the reason behind the cancellation, he said, “Yes, there was some misunderstanding, but it has been ironed out, and the event has been rescheduled.”

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First Published: Jul 18, 2018 12:45 IST