New Delhi: Indian-American company Vibrant Media Group has sued Bollywood stars and celebrities such as Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, SonakshiSinha, Ranveer Singh, Akshay Kumar, and Prabhu Deva for allegedly breaching their contract under which they were required to perform at a US concert. Others who have been sued include the names of singers like Udit Narayan, AlkaYagnik and UshaMangeshkar.
The Company has sought damages of $1 million and it has accused that the actors refused to perform at a US concert despite having taken money. The lawsuit, filed by Chicago-based Vibrant Media Group before a Northern District Court of Illinois, Eastern Division on 10th June has been assigned to District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.
Vibrant Media has been reported to file the lawsuit against the Indian artists and their agents Matrix India Entertainment Consultants Private Limited and Yashraj Films Private Limited.
According to the lawsuit, in 2013 the Vibrant Media Group had hired the artists to appear live and perform at the concert ‘Celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema’, which was to be held on September 1, 2013. The show had to be cancelled as Salman was unable to leave India because of his legal troubles in Rajasthan over the Blackbuck poaching case. The Vibrant Media Group had agreed to postpone the event.
The Complaint also suggests that Salman and other artists, instead of keeping their promise to it or even offering to return their deposits, have agreed to perform with another promoter. The group revealed in its statement said, “All calls to Mr Khan, his agents, and other artists, for the return of the funds have gone unanswered.”
Vibrant Media in its complanit stated that it has paid more than USD 200,000 to Salman Khan in advance of the concert, Katrina Kaif was paid USD 40,000 and SonakshiSinha USD 36,000 and None of these funds have been returned by the concerned artists and celebrities.