Rhea Chakraborty has been accused by Sushant Singh Rajput’s family of embezzling the late actor’s funds and abetment of suicide. The Enforcement Directorate has been trying to locate the alleged Rs 15 crore that Rhea has been accused of siphoning off. They say that the money might not have been paid to the Dil Bechara actor in the first place.
In an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai, Rhea had claimed that there were talks between writer-director Rumi Jaffery and producer Vashu Bhagnani about casting Sushant in a movie, reports India Today.
“The discussion took place in February. Perhaps Rs 15 crore was discussed as the signing amount between Sushant and Vashu Sir. Sushant had informed his family about this project”, Rhea had said.
India Today has contacted Rumi Jaffery, who confirmed Rhea Chakraborty’s claims saying that he discussed a movie project with Sushant but there wasn’t any formal agreement.
The filmmaker also said that paying Rs 15 crore to an actor without signing him/her formally is out of the question. “No producer can pay Rs 15 crore even to top actors. In Sushant’s case, since there was no formal agreement, it’s natural that the money might not have been paid”, Rumi Jaffery added.
“We could not sign the agreement because of the coronavirus lockdown”, Jaffery said.
Jaffery also explained that payments are made in instalments for movie projects. “After the payment has been agreed upon, five per cent is generally the signing amount, which can be negotiated to 10 per cent. Then another five per cent is paid during the pre-production stage, then the first and second schedules, then dubbing and finally during release”, the filmmaker said.
The ED has interrogated Rhea in connection with the money laundering case. Currently, the Narcotics Control Bureau and Central Bureau of Investigation are also probing Sushant’s death.
Sushant Singh Rajput allegedly died by suicide on 14 June.
Source inputs: India Today