The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered notices returnable by Thursday to actor Vishal Krishna and director M. Anandan on a plea by production firm Trident Arts to restrain the release of the actor’s upcoming movie Chakra on Over the Top (OTT) platform.
Madras High Court judge N Sathish Kumar issued the notice after the production house stated in its plea that the actor owed Rs 8 crore due to the loss caused by his previous movie ‘Action’.
Vijayan Subramanian, the counsel for the petitioner, contended that an agreement was signed with Anandan dated August 29, 2018. “It was decided that Vishal will lead the film as a military officer and on the same day a token advance of Rs 1 lakh was given to the director through cheque,” the producer said.
Claiming that it was the actor who persuaded the firm to produce the movie at a cost of ₹ 44 crore, the firm claimed that he also agreed to bear the shortage if the movie does not collect a minimum of ₹ 20 crore through theatrical collections in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana alone.
Contrary to expectations, the movie collected only ₹ 7.7 crore in Tamil Nadu and ₹ 4 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Since there was a shortage of ₹ 8.29 crore in the expected collections, the actor was supposed to offset it, the firm claimed.
The actor and the production house seemed to have reached an agreement after Vishal agreed to act in another film to settle the amount and thus signed the deal for Chakra. However, the actor-director duo made Chakra with another producer, which was supposed to be directed by Trident Arts, said the counsel.