Bombay HC orders stay on release of Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Athiya Shetty's Motichoor Chaknachoor

India Today

The Bombay High Court today stayed the release of the film Motichoor Chaknachoor. The comedy film starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Athiya Shetty was scheduled to release on October 10.

Debamitra Biswal, 40, had approached the court after she was not paid her promised dues by the makers of the film Woodpecker Movies Private Limited. Biswal, who is a writer and director, filed a commercial arbitration petition before the court.

According to Biswal, there was a contract drawn between the filmmakers and her which says that Biswal was to be paid Rs 11 lakh for her work as director of the film.

Biswal in her petition says that the company is attempting to avoid the contractual obligations as laid out under the Writer Story and Film Director Agreement dated 26.04.2018 between them.

Biswal's lawyer Dhruti Kapadia argued in the court that Biswal was entitled to a credit in the said movie as more than 90 percent of work is completed by her. After the completion of the shooting, a screening was organised for the Respondents (producers) which was liked by the crew members.

According to Kapadia, Biswal was working on the script for five years. When she showed it to the producers they liked it. Consequently, a contract was drawn between them to make three movies, of which Motichoor Chakhnachoor was the first one. According to the contract Biswal was to get Rs 11 lakh for this movie. However, she was paid Rs 6 lakh for the same.

Biswal's petition states that while the film was being edited, one of the directors of Woodpecker Movies Private Limited, Rajesh Bhatia, had creative differences with her. A showdown between them happened in the presence of actor Suniel Shetty. After that, in March, Biswal received an email from the company stating that her services had been terminated. The petition states that the director's services were terminated on flimsy ground.

After getting no response from the producers on repeated attempts to talk, Biswal approached the Bombay High Court against the termination. Biswal's lawyer, Dhruti Kapadia, said that the film producers were issued notices to be present before the court, but they chose to skip the court proceedings when the order was passed.

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