Nana Patekar’s film ‘Tadka’ lands into legal trouble
Last year has been a tumultuous year for actor Nana Patekar as he was accused of sexual allegations by Tanushree Dutta. This led to his ouster from the movie ‘Housefull 4′ and now it seems, this year too, the actor is going to have rough patches in his career. His upcoming film ‘Tadka’ has landed into legal trouble. The Bombay High court called Prakash Raj, the director of the film on February 4, 2019. Essel Vision Productions Limited (company which runs Zee Studios), the producers of the film, filed a case against the director.
It so happened that on January 25, Zee Studios approached the Bombay High Court to seek enforcement of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed between Zee and Prakash Raj’s brother-in-law Jatish Verma and Sameer Dixit who are partners in production house Movie Makers, which is in the business of acquisition and exploitation of copyright in motion pictures. Sameer and Jatish had approached Zee Studios to produce ‘Tadka’ and a MoU was executed on March 10, 2016.
As quoted by India Today, “According to this MoU, Rs 4,25,00,000 plus taxes was paid by Zee Studios to Dixit and Verma. This MoU was not signed by Prakash Raj, and now Zee Studios has alleged that Prakash “purposely did not execute the said MoU, so as to calculatedly defeat the rights” of Zee Studios “in collusion and connivance with” Verma and Dixit.”
According to Zee Studios, when the MoU was executed, they were not shown any agreement between Prakash Raj, Jatish Verma and Sameer Dixit. However, the company was told that Prakash Raj would be directing the film, and as Prakash and Verma are related to each other, the former was also given the credit of producer in the film.