While there were reports of Ekta Kapoor dragging Sanjay Dutt to court for not paying back her dues after pulling out of a project, both Ekta & Manyata have issued a joint statement and clarified that those rumors were just baseless.
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Dipti Jindal, COO of Sanjay Dutt Productions said, “In spite of personal turmoil, he made sure nobody suffered especially smaller producers and debutante directors. Few days after he surrendered, Mrs.Dutt contacted producers and asked them whether they would like to wait for Mr. Dutt to return and do their films or would like their signing amounts back. Few producers like Ikkon Films (India) Pvt. Ltd., T. P. Agarwal, Shri Jaganaath Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., an ad film producer, who were not in the capacity to wait were refunded the signing amount either in a single tranche or mutually agreed installments. The Dutt's would not like to see anyone suffer because of their personal setback. “She further adds that, “The dispute between Balaji & The Dutt's is absolutely baseless, in fact the only talks on between the two are that of working together in the near future”
When asked Ekta & Manyata on the alleged dispute here's what they had to say,
Ekta Kapoor said, “The story is frivolous; I value relationships more than money. The Dutt family is like an extended family to me. I would never think of bothering Bhabhi with such a trivial matter, knowing that Sanju sir is not around. I am looking forward to working with the Dutts soon.”
“It is unfortunate that people, be it friends or foes, while being misinformed themselves become sources of such stories, and it is not even considered fit that things be confirmed with the concerned person and his family. We have the highest regards for Jeetu uncle, Shobha aunty and Ekta. We are looking forward for a long working association in the near future with Balaji.” Said Manyata.
A few producers whose signing amounts were returned by Manyata told their story. “We had signed Mr. Sanjay Dutt and the project stalled due to the markets collapsing at that given point. I personally for one can say that he decided to support a new project and extended full co-operation. Unfortunately when the new project did not take off due to circumstances known to us all, Mrs. Dutt promptly called and their office reimbursed the signing amount due to us. This gesture which is touching as there are many actors who never reimburse monies or even try to help a producer create his film project.” Said Aditya Narayan Singh (Shri Jagganath).
Bipin Jain (Ikkon)said, “Mrs. Dutt call as a surprise when she asked me if I would like to wait and do a film with Mr. Dutt or get the signing amount back. Unable to hold the money, I reluctantly asked for it back and as promised by Mrs. Dutt I was refunded the entire amount.”
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