KriArj Entertainment hits back at Abhishek Kapoor over ‘Kedarnath’ fallout

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


The industry was taken by surprise this week when creative differences between the makers of ‘Kedarnath’ resulted in Abhishek Kapoor and KriArj Entertainment going their separate ways.

The film, which will mark the debut of Sara Ali Khan, also stars Sushant Singh Rajput and went on the floors last June. Reports recently suggested that KriArj Entertainment had filed a lawsuit against Kapoor for allegedly breaching the contract.

Kapoor’s team accused KriArj of “spreading false & mischievous rumours, playing name-slandering games and wilfully harming the interests of the film”. KriArj has moved the Bombay High Court to enforce their legal rights as producers of the film.

In an official statement, KriArj Entertainment’s lawyer Lavin C Hirani said, “In response to the various bogus statements and slanderous/defamatory material being circulated in the media by GITS against KriArj, it may be noted that all such statements/articles are absolutely baseless, bogus, frivolous and without any merit or semblance of truth whatsoever and are hereby totally denied and stand rejected.There is enough material to show that KriArj has complied with all its commitments as per their understanding with AK/GITS. As I understand there have been several serious defaults by GITS of it’s duties and obligations towards KriArj including there being severe delays in the production of the film, which was completely in a mess right from the start of the Film for reasons solely attributable to GITS.”

“In spite of the above, KriArj provided its unconditional support to GITS and continued to make huge investments in the film till it was realised that the amounts were not being used for the right purposes. KriArj has tried to salvage the situation with GITS several times including making multiple efforts to resolve issues to no avail. KriArj, TSeries and Balaji are the rightful owners of the film as its co-producers and therefore GITS has no rights to oust KriArj out of the film and out of it’s legal rights as producers and owners of the film. We will be moving the Bombay High Court for enforcing our rights on the film by early next week and we hope to secure the necessary reliefs from the Hon’ble Court.”, the statement further read.

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