Raveena Tandon, who is in the midst of promoting her comeback film, the Anjum Rizvi production ‘Maatr’, has been asked to halt promotional work over allegations that the producer hasn’t paid artistes involved in his previous project
An impending request from the Cine and TV Artists Association [CINTAA] might find Raveena Tandon torn on moral grounds. The actress, who is in the midst of promoting her comeback film, the Anjum Rizvi production ‘Maatr’, has been asked to halt promotional work over allegations that the producer hasn’t paid artistes involved in his previous project – a remake of Sai Paranjpye’s 1980s cult comedy, ‘Katha’.
The film, which has been in the making for long, is being helmed by Khalid Mohammed, and features Maniesh Paul, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub and debutante Sharmiela Mandre. As per a complaint registered with CINTAA by actor Chiranjeet Chhabria, the producer, it is alleged, hasn’t cleared the dues of the film’s cast and crew. Chiranjeet and his son, child-actor Krissh Chhabria, who was the lead actor in this year’s National Award-winning Best Children’s Film, ‘Dhanak’, play supporting roles in the film.
Amit Behl, joint secretary of CINTAA, tells mid-day, “Khalidji had told me about the issue around six months ago. At that time, I also found out that a complaint was made by Chiranjeet with our association. A non-co-operation notice was issued by CINTAA against Anjum, who responded with the promise of clearing dues as soon as his next project would kick-off.”
Chiranjeet, who filed the complaint in December 2015, argues that he had been assured by the association that Anjum wouldn’t be able to make another film till his dues were cleared. “Jointly, my son and I have to be paid Rs 75,000. But till today, we’ve received no update [on the payment]. Rizvi is promoting his new film in full swing, but he is not bothered about us at all,” he says.