Bollywood movie Neerja was one of the biggest blockbusters of last year and and bagged the National Award for Best Hindi Feature Film.
Over a year after Neerja was released to much commercial and critical acclaim, the producers of the movie – Bling Entertainment Solutions Ltd — are being accused of a breach of contract by the family of the braveheart.
The main contention of the Bhanot family is that the makers of the successful film did not honour their commitment to share 10 per cent of the box office collections with the Neerja Bhanot Trust and the family. “I will not comment on this issue at this stage. All I can tell you is that we will not tolerate injustice,” Aneesh Bhanot, brother of Neerja Bhanot, told IANS here.
Aneesh refused to give any details about the legal case, saying that the family lawyer will be able to give the exact status. Sources, however, said that the family is moving the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard and a legal notice has already been served on the makers of “Neerja”.
It is reported that Bling was allegedly supposed to pay the family 10% of the film’s total profits, but has failed to do so by a margin. Initially, Bling was supposed to produce and distribute the film entirely on it’s own. However, it later tied up with Fox Star Studios as a co-producer, thus bringing down the profit margin claimed by the Bhanots.
The Bhanot family has been known to put money into social causes that reward women who have suffered social injustice, through the Neerja Bhanot PanAm Trust, with the insurance money they reportedly received after Neerja Bhanot’s demise.
Starring actress Sonam Kapoor, who played the lead role of Neerja Bhanot and even got a special mention by the jury of the National Film awards for her acting, the film bagged the ‘Best Feature Film in Hindi’ award at the 64th National Film Awards in April this year.