John Abraham, Director of M/s JA Entertainment has filed three criminal complaints against Prernaa Arora and her company, KriArj Entertainment for cheating, breach of trust, defamation and offenses committed under the Information Technology Act.
These complaints were filed last week at Khar Police Station, Mumbai. Actor John Abraham, through his production house JA Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. 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 and 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.
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.
He first served her a legal notice but when Prerrna failed to cure the breaches, John terminated his agreement with her in order to save his film after which Prernaa filed a criminal complaint against John and made defamatory statements against him in the media. When John learned that Prerna had started blocking the online publicity materials launched by him for the promotion of his film and had, without his knowledge recovered monies in excess of what she had to pay him from various third parties without paying his dues John decided enough was enough.