As per reports, Abhishek Kapoor has filed a police complaint against Kriarj Entertainment’s Prerna Arora after finding out that Prernaa Arora has sold Kedarnath’s Indian theatrical rights to Vashu Bhagnani.
It was earlier reported that Ronnie Screwvala had taken over Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Kedarnath’ as producer, also compensating producers Ekta Kapoor, Prernaa Arora and Bhushan Kumar, but now, three companies — Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment, Gothic Entertainment, and Kolkata-based Padma Ispat Private Limited — have informed Ronnie Screwvala that they own the Indian theatrical rights of Kedarnath.
Reportedly, these three entities have also sent a copy of their contracts with KriArj Entertainment to Ronnie Screwvala which state that Kriarj has sold the rights of Kedarnath to the three aforementioned production houses.
The reports further state that both Ronnie Screwvala and Abhishek Kapoor were surprised to receive a copy of the legal agreement between Prernaa Arora and Vashu Bhagnani. The agreement, shows that Prernaa Arora has sold Indian theatrical rights of her entire slate to Vashu Bhagnani. Ronnie Screwvala and Abhishek Kapoor were later approached by two more companies that made similar claims. The source adds that neither Ekta Kapoor nor Bhushan Kumar, the previous two producers, were aware of these agreements.
Confirming that a non-cognizable complaint has been filed against Prernaa Arora, Abhishek Kapoor has been reported to say “It’s shocking to know that there are people in the business who think it’s okay to sell assets that do not belong to them.”
Prernaa Arora has been reported to say:
“Everything has now been sold to Ronnie Screwvala. But at no point did I or KriArj know about it [the sale] till we read it in the papers. I only had got a confirmation from T-Series and an NOC letter from them saying that Abhishek will return the Rs 15 crore before the shoot. Regarding Vashuji, we had a long-term deal to make films together, but I had no time to inform him about the termination of the Kedarnath deal. Vashuji [must have] read it in the papers too, and approached Ronnie accordingly. I should have officially terminated my paperwork with Vashuji. Where Gothic and Padma Ispat are concerned, they have nothing to do with the film. This will be proved in the court.”
Vashu Bhagnani has been reported to say that the release rights vest with him. He also said that he has been doing business with Prernaa Arora for over a year and was shocked to read that Ronnie Screwvala has taken over the film when the rights are with him. Bhagnani also said that Ronnie Screwvala cannot release the movie without his consent, and until he pays him his money.