The shooting of Mainak Bhowmik’s Behaya was stalled due to the dispute that started last week.
The tiff between producer Rana Sarkar and Cine Video and Stage Supplier Welfare Association (vendors’ guild) doesn’t seem to end. Within a week after the producer brought an allegation against the association’s reported bully, Rana sent a legal notice with defamation charges against the members of the guild. According to the legal notice sent by the producer, the members have to pay Rs 10 cr and publicly apologise for defaming the producer. Besides, a number of Rana’s team members lodged FIRs for receiving threat calls.
While talking to OTTplay, Rana explained, “My legal team has sent a notice to people who have publicly defamed me by providing false information of payment due. I have raised my claim of Rs 10 cr from them and sent them the notice. Also, I have filed police complainant Kasba Police Station for threatening my team members and obstructing shooting of Behaya”
Last week, the shooting of Mainak Bhowmik’s Behaya was slated to begin. However, the producer alleged that the members of the vendors’ guild threatened the shooting team and so they stopped their work. According to the vendors’ allegation, Rana owes them money.
Talking about this allegation, Rana claimed it to be untrue. “They can go to court if there is anything due. But their claim is not true. I make films and many of my films are widely appreciated. My films won several National Awards. I am here to make good films. The Bengali film industry does not ensure good returns. But I make films because of my unconditional love for cinema. Such disruptions are painful and disappointing,” he said.
Last week, after the incident, Rana decided to postpone the shooting. He said, “If I see my work is getting disrupted by a bunch of bullies in Bengal, I will invest in other states.”