Kangana sends legal notice to T-Series to block ‘I Love NY’ release

Actress Kangana Ranaut who is on a high after her hugely successful film ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, has slapped a legal notice to T-Series, demanding to block the release of the upcoming film ‘I Love NY’ starring herself and Sunny Deol.

The actress is unhappy that the producers have announced the release of the film without taking her permission. Apparently, the makers of the ‘abandoned’ film are cashing in on her recent box office success.

The ‘Queen’ star’s lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui said, “By belatedly releasing an abandoned film, they would wilfully hamper the name and image of my client, which is morally and ethically wrong. In my notice, I have asked them to stop the release of the said film, as was verbally assured to my client on numerous occasions.”

“My client blindly trusted and believed in what the producer communicated to her and therefore did not even insist on a copy of the agreement,” Siddiquee told PTI.

However, Bhushan Kumar, head of T-Series called the contents of the notice “baseless” and clarified that he had sold the film’s rights to Wave Cinemas 18 months ago even before ‘Queen’ released, and that he has no control over its release.

Bhushan further said obtaining permission of the actress was not required as she has no such clause in her contract. Only big stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan have a clause added in their contract saying they will have a say on the release date of their respective films, he said.

The chairman of the music company also made it clear that there were no pending dues against Kangana. “We are replying to her notice with a copy of the bank receipts because all the payments were made in cheque,” Bhushan added.

The long delayed film ‘I Love NY’ directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru was initially slated to release in February 2013. It later got pushed to April, then September and then December, but still didn’t hit screens. Now once again as the film prepares to release on July 10, it is caught in the web of legal controversy.