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'Parmanu' Row: John Abraham Files 3 Criminal Cases Against KriArj Productions

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| April 8 , 2018 , 14:07 IST

Embroiled in controversies, John Abraham and Diana Penty starrer 'Parmanu- The Story Of Pokhran' might be having a difficult time in reaching the theatres due to the ongoing row between the film's co-producers JA Entertainment and KriArj Entertainment.

John Abraham, the director is JA Entertainment recently terminated its contract KriArj Entertainment and wanted to release the film by itself but that didn't sit well with the other party which went ahead and filed a series of complaints against the actor.

Not being the one to be afraid of such attempts, John has himself filed three criminal cases against Prernaa Arora headed KriArj Productions for cheating, breach of trust, defamation and offences committed under the Information Technology Act.

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The film's release has been postponed four times and John Abraham's company claimed defaulted payments by KriArj the reason for the delay in post-production whereas Prernaa argued that it was the budget overruns which led to film's postponed release.

The official press statement issued by JA Entertainment states that Abraham "had signed a Co-production agreement with Prernaa Arora’s company Kriarj Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. wherein Kriarj had agreed to pay Rs 35 crores to John’s company to cover the cost of production, fees of all actors and other production-related expenses."

"KriArj had also agreed to additionally bear the Print and Advertisement expenses (P&A) for the film Parmanu - The Story of Pokhran against which John had agreed to assign the exploitation rights and 50% IPR of the film to Prernaa’s company," it added.

"However, after Prernaa’s repeated delays in making payments by stopping cheque payments and giving wrong bank transfer details (UTR numbers) at every stage and refusal to pay the last tranches of payment, which were critical for completing the post-production work of the film, John followed the due process as laid down by law."

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"He first gave a legal notice to cure the breach and after Prernaa’s failure to cure the breaches, John terminated the agreement with Prernaa in order to save his film. After this termination, which is a purely Civil Dispute, Prernaa filed a false criminal complaint against John and started making defamatory statements against him in the media."

"Prernaa also illegally started blocking the online publicity materials launched by John for the promotion of his film. John also came to know that Prernaa had, without his knowledge, already recovered monies in excess of what she had to pay him from various third parties and yet did not pay him his dues," the statement concluded.

Helmed by Abhishek Sharma, 'Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran' explores the mission through the eyes of an armed forces personnel played by Abraham, who had an important role in making the mission successful. The film is slated to hit the theatres on May 4.