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Controversy strikes 1971

Amrit Sagar's debut feature film, which has Manoj Bajpai in the lead, is facing an internal battle as most artistes complain of not being paid, writes Shaikh Ayaz.
None | By Shaikh Ayaz, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2007 11:54 AM IST

It’s a film about Prisoners of Wars. Ironically a quick, ground reality check revealed that Amrit Sagar’s debut feature film 1971 is facing an internal battle.

Apparently most of the supporting artistes haven’t been paid. Moreover, insiders say that writer Piyush Mishra, though acknowledged in the credits, has been kept away from the promotional activities. So is cinematographer Chirantan Das.

Says a unit member on condition of anonymity, “The Sagar family is only promoting Amrit and Akash (music director) because they want to make sure that their launchpad goes well. It was actually Manoj Bajpai who helped set up the project, bringing in actors on board, but his contribution is not being acknowledged.”

While Piyush was unavailable for comment, Amrit denied that he’s not in good terms with Piyush.

“Everything is fine. Piyush is happy with the way the film has shaped up and he has no problems with the promotions as well.”

“As for the artistes not being paid, you better ask them..we have paid all of them. They were promised they would be paid a week before the film releases, and we’ve kept our word.”

Amrit, however, does admit that Manoj helped in setting up the project. “Manoj has been of great help. He’s been an intrinsic part of the film. There’s no problem with him either...I don’t know who’s giving you these details,” said Amrit.

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