And now, a legal notice to Madhur from Ash!
Mumbai: Close on the heels of the news about Aishwarya Rai returning UTV Motion Pictures the signing amount that she had received for ‘Heroine’ comes another news of the actress issuing a legal notice to the production house warning them against leaking her photo-shoot to promote ‘Heroine’.
As per the legal notice, the producers and the director of the film ‘Heroine’ won’t be able to use Aishwarya’s name, while promoting the film. The actress was initially signed for the Madhur Bhandarkar’s ambitious project but was later dropped from the project due to her pregnancy. Ash has sent a letter through her lawyers that she will seek damages if the pictures that she has shot for the film earlier, gets leaked out.
Speaking to a daily, a source said, “Aishwarya is wary about the extensive photo-shoot that she has done for the film. She was shot in numerous costumes. There were also a few shots that were canned as a test run. She is wary that those scenes might be leaked out as a promotion for the film.”
The letter specifically addresses Madhur and mentions that the actress will claim damages if any of those pictures come out in the media. Interestingly, some of Ash’s pictures that were taken as per the look test had been leaked in the press much before the actress decided to issue a legal notice.
“Ash has already returned her acting fees, so there’s nothing that makes her liable to her director or producer. She is still upset with the way Madhur wrote a huge blog against her which basically called her a liar. She always wanted to come back and complete the movie, but the way things turned out, has left a bad taste in her mouth,” added the source.
Sources at the production house have confirmed that such a notice has arrived.
And insider of UTV stated, “Madhur was not planning to use those stills, but we guess Ash didn’t trust us. The photo-shoots that we have done with her for the promotions are really great pictures. We are sorry that these pictures won’t be revealed ever to the world. Aishwarya is looking just awesome in the pictures. We are putting it in our safety vaults where it won’t come out ever.”