Tamil actor Vishal filed a complaint against producer RB Choudhary for failing to return cheque leaves, bonds, and promissory notes that the actor had given to the latter to acquire a loan for his film Irumbu Thirai, the actor wrote on social media on Thursday.
The actor filed a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner of Police at T Nagar in Chennai.
Irumbu Thirai is a 2018 action thriller film, written and directed by PS Mithran, featuring Arjun and Samantha Akkineni in prominent roles. The film was produced by Vishal under his home banner Vishal Film Factory.
Calling Choudhary’s failure to return the documents even after repaying the loan “unacceptable”, Vishal wrote, “He [Choudhary] was evading giving excuses and finally said he had misplaced the documents. We have lodged a complaint with police.”
Speaking to Silverscreen India, DN Hari Kiran Prasad, DCP of T Nagar region, said: “The complaint says that some of the documents and cheques that were submitted are missing. We have launched a probe. We are still inquiring into the complaint, so we will not be able to disclose any information now.”
Choudhary told Silverscreen India, “What he [Vishal] said is true. He had given papers and documents to us. I, along with Tirupur Subramaniam [film exhibitor and Tamil Nadu Theatre and Multiplex Owners’ Association president], had financed the film Irumbu Thirai, for Vishal’s banner. Vishal had given a few promissory notes and cheques for the loan. However, Tirupur Subramaniam had a right-hand person- director Sivakumar. Since Subramaniam lives in Tirupur, Sivakumar would handle his matters here in Chennai. I had given Vishal’s documents to Sivakumar, instructing him to hand it over to Subramaniam.”
Choudhary added that while Sivakumar had informed Subramaniam about the same, the latter had asked Sivakumar to keep the documents with himself and said he would take it once he went to Chennai.
“However, Sivakumar suddenly died of a heart attack. This happened about two years back. Sivakumar was a bachelor and stayed in a rented room in Kodambakkam and the issue now is that we don’t know where he has kept the documents,” he said.
The producer said that he had issued a statement to Vishal informing him that the loan was repaid and that all financial issues were settled between both parties.
“I understand the fear that Vishal has for his documents. I had even asked Vishal to issue a notification in newspapers saying that the documents have been lost, but he did not do it. Instead, he filed a complaint. I am out of town and once I come back to Chennai, I will meet the press and clarify everything,” Choudhary said.
Asked if he had informed Vishal of Sivakumar’s death, Choudhary said: “Yes, he knows everything. He may have feared that the documents could be misused if its lands in the wrong hands. His fear is reasonable, but he did not issue any notification on newspapers either.”
Choudhary produces films under the banner Super Good Films. The banner has produced hit films including Nattamai (1994), Suryavamsam (1998), and Jilla (2014).
Choudhary’s son, well-known actor Jiiva, is known to share camaraderie with Vishal. Vishal had made a cameo appearance in Jiiva’s 2005 film Dishum. The actors had also represented the Chennai Rhinos cricket team while playing the Celebrity Cricket League tournament in 2012.