Bollywood actor Anupam Kher starrer ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is one of the much-awaited films of the year. The actor will be seen playing the role of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the film.
However, it seems like the film has lands into legal trouble as its release has been stopped over unpaid dues.
The official liquidator of the Bombay High Court directed the Censor Board not to release The Accidental Prime Minister as the production house, Bohra Bros Production Pvt Ltd, is under liquidation.
Speaking to mid-day, Dinesh Tiwari, senior counsel for the petitioner (Jai Entertainment Network Pvt Ltd), said, “My clients had lent crores to Bohra Brothers, but even after giving them enough time they have intentionally and deliberately not cleared the full sum. The firm would pay in installments, and at times, did not even honour cheques, causing serious financial losses to my clients, who then decided to move the high court. The owner, Sunil Bohra, is well known in the film industry, as he had produced Gangs of Wasseypur, Shahid, Tanu Weds Manu, Tanu Weds Manu: Returns, Mastram, etc.”
“The court had passed an order in favour of my client in December 2017, but the Bohras did not honour the order. We again moved court, which directed the matter to Justice P D Kode for arbitration. When the Bohras failed to adhere to the arbitration order as well, an official liquidator was appointed, as per the HC order dated April 12, 2018, and the liquidation process began. We have also registered a criminal case against Sunil Bohra and his company with the EOW,” Tiwari said.
Directed by newcomer Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, The Accidental Prime Minister will be an onscreen adaptation of Sanjay Baru’s book of the same name, who served as the media adviser to the former Prime Minister.
Written by National Award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta, the political drama will also have Akshaye Khanna.
The film is expected to release on December 21.