Arvind Swami files case against producer Manobala

Chennai: With already being delayed for over nine months, Arvind Swami-starrer 'Sathuranga Vettai 2,' already delayed for over nine months, has got mired in one more legal battle with the actor filing a civil suit in the Madras High Court to recover the balance of his remuneration of Rs 1.79 crore from the film's producer, M Manobala.

In his petition, the actor has sought a direction to the producer to pay him Rs 1,79,80,438 with interest at the rate of 18 per cent per annum from the date of the filing of the suit till the date of realisation.

He also filed an injunction application to restrain the release of the movie, starring actress Trisha, until the disposal of the suit.

On Tuesday, the case came up for hearing before Justice M Sundar and the plaintiff’s counsel said he was not pressing for an ex parte interim injunction against the release of the movie and that he would be satisfied if the court notice, as well as a private notice, was issued to the producer, returnable within a short time.

However, when the judge wanted to know when the movie was scheduled to be released, the counsel said the date was yet to be announced. The judge asked, "If you are not pressing for an injunction, then why did you file an application?"

Further, he said the producer could end releasing the movie any time. He warned the counsel that recording his submission on not pressing for an injunction could turn disadvantageous for the plaintiff in the subsequent proceedings of the civil suit because the actor may not be able to recover the remuneration, which he claims to be unpaid, if the movie was allowed to be released.

However, the counsel told the court that he had not pressed for an ex parte injunction only to show the bona fide intention of his client. He also urged the court not to record his submissions on the injunction issue. The judge ordered notice to the producer returnable 20 September.


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