Paltan Cinematographer, Nigam Bomzan has filed a legal notice against veteran filmmaker JP Dutta and his daughter Nidhi Dutta for the non-payment of his dues and for not giving him credits for his work in the end credits of the trailer and the songs that have been released so far.
The film is all set to hit the silver screens on September 7, 2018, and just ahead of its release, the film has landed in a legal soup.
When contacted Nigam to hear his side of the story, he revealed to us, “Being a fan of Dutta’s work, we verbally agreed on the money but didn’t sign a formal contract. I shot for 54 days, and the portions make up 80 percent of the film. During that period, I received about 30 percent of my remuneration.”
However, before the third and the final schedule could kick-off, Nigam had to back-out from the film owing to his sister critical health conditions. He further revealed that, when he discussed the matter with Dutta and Nidhi, the father-daughter duo supported his decision and replaced him with Shailesh Awasthi.
All went well, until Nigam requested the team to clear his impending dues and give him credits for his work.
He adds, “Nidhi told me that they hadn’t received the money from Zee Productions [co-producers]. But she assured me that they would clear the payment soon. After a point, she stopped replying to my messages. I have been trying to reach them since March, but there has been no response. I finally decided to take the legal route. It’s sad that I have to fight to get credit for my work.”
On a concluding note he said that he is fighting this battle on behalf of his assistants too, who too have not been paid yet.