Twitter conversation between actress/filmmaker and noted editor Apurva Asrani leads to a candid disclosure by Bhatt.
Pooja Bhatt tussles with WAVES & T-Series over pending dues, copyright violations
Mumbai - 11 Mar 2017 17:51 IST
The Bhatts are known to speak their mind, but seldom do they talk about professional issues on a public platform. Pooja Bhatt left her Twitter followers stunned when she mentioned that she’s battling with WAVES (film distributor) and music label giant T-Series for alleged non-payment of dues and copyright violations.
It all started with actor/filmmaker Vivek Vaswani posting a tweet questioning the presence of hundreds of executives from the studio in a single film.
What exactly do 300 studio executives/ employees do on one film when there is already a producer, director and their full crew?— Viv (@VIVECKVASWANI) March 8, 2017
Noted film editor Apurva Asrani took cognisance of Vaswani’s tweet and replied:
While too many cooks can spoil a broth, corporatisation of the industry has weakened the dynastic stronghold. Made it accessible, democratic https://t.co/IQ9ysnBmvH— Apurva Asrani (@Apurvasrani) March 9, 2017
This tweet by Asrani caught the attention of Bhatt, who then moaned about the inflated production budgets.
And also more INFLATED...Production budgets now have to absorb exorbitant paycheques that the 'suits' then have to 'justify' by butting in! https://t.co/YGGtSmdtXI— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) March 9, 2017
While he was in sync with Bhatt, Asrani pointed how payments to technicians and production team were organised.
Yup. Theres a price to pay. But for technicians & prodn team, payments are more organised & timely. Less subservience to 'emperor' producer https://t.co/uSNWdcM9Ab— Apurva Asrani (@Apurvasrani) March 9, 2017
Bhatt though then dropped a little bomb disagreeing with Asrani and citing her plight.
Not quite true. I am currently battling WAVES & T series for non-payment of funds & copyright violation. Two Industry stalwarts supposedly. https://t.co/IVuwYgMk1O— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) March 9, 2017
Bhatt stunned all by claiming that she was fighting WAVES (film exhibitors) and T-Series for non-payment of funds and copyright violation. To further press her point, Bhatt tweeted:
It's actually all the workers dues.I don't charge a production fee in order to keep budgets low & I will not rest until i get them their due https://t.co/81GVjEsBwk— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) March 9, 2017
My grandmother used to say 'Kamra badalne se bukhaar nahin jaata beta'. Fancy offices & spiffy attire does not guarantee professionalism.— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) March 9, 2017
After giving up on her acting dreams, Bhatt had turned producer on Tanuja Chandra’s Dushman (1998). T-Series had produced the Bhatt-directed Kajraare (2010). T-Series was not happy with actor-musician Himesh Reshammiya and the film per se. So disappointed was T-Series head Bhushan Kumar with the film that he only chose to screen it in a single theatre. That move was obligated by the mandatory screening in theatres in order to make your film eligible for TV screening.
T-Series had joined hands with Bhatt again for the Richa Chadda-starrer Cabaret. Unfortunately, that film is still to see light of day.
We tried contacting Bhatt for details, but she did not revert to our calls and text messages.