Preity Zinta has filed an FIR at the Khar police station against Nataraja, who was the Director of Photography (DOP) for her home production Ishq In Paris. Preity has alleged that Nataraja, who handled the photography of her film Ishq in Paris had taken an advance of Rs 20 lakh from her, but did not return it even though he dropped out of the film.
Nataraja, who was working on a film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal had decided to go leave for a recce with Vikramjit, the director of the film on February 8th. All their plans went haywire when Preity Zinta filed an FIR against Nataraja, who has also worked on films like Love Aaj Kal and Raanjhanaa. Nataraja immediately went to Chennai to get anticipatory bail.
According to sources, Preity, who had initially signed Nataraja for Rs. 85 lakhs dropped him since she couldn't afford him and hence chose another DOP who was more affordable. However, Nataraja had already worked for eight months on her project and probably thought he was entitled to the advance.
Nataraja has apparently approached Anil Mehta, the industry's senior cinematographer to mediate and help solve this problem. When he was asked to speak on the issue, Nataraja said, "I had done a lot of work on Preity's film. I don't know what has been conveyed to her by her production team. There is definitely some misunderstanding but we should be able to sort things out."
Now, if Nataraja had worked on Preity's film for almost eight months, it's unlikely that he would not have put enough work and effort on the project. Why is it then that Preity is asking him to return the signing amount? Is this a desperate attempt on the part of Preity who has lost lot of money making the film?