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Pooja Bhatt tussles with WAVES & T-Series over pending dues, copyright violations

Twitter conversation between actress/filmmaker and noted editor Apurva Asrani leads to a candid disclosure by Bhatt.

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Mayur Lookhar

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.

Noted film editor Apurva Asrani took cognisance of Vaswani’s tweet and replied:

This tweet by Asrani caught the attention of Bhatt, who then moaned about the inflated production budgets.

While he was in sync with Bhatt, Asrani pointed how payments to technicians and production team were organised.

Bhatt though then dropped a little bomb disagreeing with Asrani and citing her plight.

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: 

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.