Pyramid Saimira Productions International (PSPI) had claimed through the media that they had issued a legal notice to Kamal Hassan and his production company Raj Kamal Films International over the Marmayogi issue. They have also demanded Kamal to return the advance amount of Rs.10.90 crores immediately after receiving the notice.
Now Kamal has issued a statement on this issue. The actor has claimed that the production company has to pay Rs. 40 crores for wasting a full year of the actor in Marmayogi pre-production works. Here is the complete version of Kamal's statement issued yesterday to the media by his media manager Nikhil:
My attention has been drawn to reports in a section of the press that Pyramid Saimira has obtained a stay against the release of our movie Unnaipol Oruvan. It is not true. I am glad to be given an opportunity to state facts.
The debacle of our film Marmayogi and circumstances around it are well known. I worked on Marmayogi exclusively, without taking up any other assignment for an year, made elaborate preparations, had built sets and even did some shooting, directing and acting. The project was put on the back burner because Pyramid Saimira could not come up with funds to continue with the shooting.
Having lost one year of my career, and an income of about Rs.40 Crores, I had issued a notice to Pyramid Saimira on 12th April 2009 demanding payment of Rs.40 Crores. No reply has so far been received from Pyramid to the notice. We have also had caveats entered against Pyramid Saimira in courts.
I have also filed a suit in the High Court of Madras against Pyramid Saimira. Probably, to counter my legal action against them, they have decided to go to the press on a smear campaign and they have sent me a notice making wild and false allegations. An interim Reply also has been sent to it.
The fact remains that I have obtained a caveat against them. I nor Rajkamal Films International, have received any stay order from any court. I must state that irresponsible statements are being made or published to damage my reputation and my company. I will shortly be seeking legal advice to examine the avenues open for me.