Theatrical release of Vishal’s Madha Gaja Raja, directed by Sundar C and co-starring Varalakshmi Sarathkumar and Anjali, has been getting postponed further. In a pronouncement, the Chennai High Court has told the producer of the film to give ‘bank guarantee’ of at least half-the amount the producer owes to K.K. Santhanam, an Australian national who served the film’s crew during the shooting stint Down Under.
Santhanam, in his petition with the High Court, had stated “The crew of Madha Gaja Raja was in Australia during November-December last year and my firm attended to all the needs of the crew and made all arrangements for their stay and shooting. Gemini Film Circuit, the producer, owes me 72,900 Australian Dollars, but have refused to pay to my service. Unless the amount is settled, I pray that the Court should stay the release of the film.”
Justice R. Sudhahar, who had issued an interim stay on 05th September not to release the film until further orders, took up the case again yesterday. After listening to the trial, the Justice said “Gemini can’t refuse to pay up the amount for the services it made use of from the petitioner’s firm in Australia.
“If the producer so desires, it can at least give a bank guarantee for half-the amount it owes to the firm prior to the film’s release in theatres.” Following this decree, the film is now likely to hit the screens soon.