In the last two months, Bollywood Hungama Has published three articles on how all is not well with the upcoming film, Rosie: The Saffron Chapter, starring Arbaaz Khan and produced by Prerna V Arora. Shweta Tiwari’s daughter Palak Tiwari is also debuting with this film. In the first article, we told readers how one day Arbaaz was not allowed to sit in the vanity van as the operator’s dues were not cleared. Our second article was a detailed one, detailing how Prerna V Arora has gone back to her old ways and defaulted on payments and thus financial mess. The third article narrates how Prerna’s partner Rishabh D Saraf was arrested from the Lucknow airport when he was trying to escape without paying the dues.
and now, Bollywood Hungama Exclusively brings to you the account of Manigandan Manjunathan, Producer & Presenter Rosie: The Saffron Chapter. He has come on record to confirm that all is indeed not well with the film. In his words, “everything is done the wrong way.”
From Rs.15 lakh to Rs. 3.86 crore
Manigandan Manjunathan is a software developer who runs a fintech company. He revealed, “I am not into films at all. Dhanesh Udayavar aka Dhanesh Shetty is a CA and I had worked with him. He is a mutual friend of my manager. In March 2021, he approached me to invest Rs. 50 lakhs for shooting a song of Rosie: The Saffron Chapter. He also promised that he would return the money with interest in 2 months. But just a few days later, Maharashtra went under lockdown. Shooting was stopped. So, we went back and didn’t invest then. “
Manigandan joined the film once the second wave of Covid-19 subsided. He said, ‘Dhanesh ji met me in June. He told me that he wanted to shoot an upcoming song. They claimed that once the song was ready, they would show it to a studio or streaming giant, and sell the rights to them. So, they will get money from the studio or platform. This time, I was asked to invest just Rs. 1.5 million. The shooting took place at a well-known five-star hotel in Santa Cruz, Mumbai.
Manigandan said, “Without informing me, they decided to shoot two songs instead of one. So the two-day shoot was extended to four days. They invited me for the first two days, but due to the busy schedule, I Couldn’t go. On the third day I finally went to the sets. There I met Prerna V Arora for the first time. I also met Arbaaz Khan, Shivin Narang, Tanisha Mukherjee and Line Producer Salman M. Shaikh.
Manigandan then narrated how he was duped, “On the sets, he made up a story that Arbaaz sir’s date is not available and we need to pay him to get his dates. He further claimed that if this payment is not made, the shooting will go for a toss and will not take place for 4-5 months. So I released the fund. Later, he asked me to invest more money. I thought it was okay because initially, I had agreed to put Rs. 50 lakh on the film. Before he went to Lucknow, I paid Rs. 51 lakh in total towards making the film. “
The demand for money of Prerna V Arora, Rishabh D Saraf and Dhanesh Udayavar did not stop and continued even after going to Lucknow. “Except for Palak Tiwari, everyone flew to Lucknow. He called me over there and said to see how the shoots go, including how they film the night scenes. Once I reached Lucknow, he once again told me that due to some emergency or Arbaaz Khan’s dates were not available, I should release the funds. That’s why he lied again and again and got me to invest.
Manigandan Manjunathan then dropped a bomb, “I was asked to invest only Rs. 15 lakhs initially but I have ended investing Rs. 3.86 crores!” He also added, “Initially the budget approx Rs.6.5 crores. Now including actual budget, liabilities, post-production etc., Rs.8.90 crores. Out of this, Rs.2.30 crores is outstanding. Line producer Salman M. Sheikh And Pankaj Chauhan and the post-production people have not been paid yet.”
Lucknow Schedule Blunders
Manigandan elaborated how the Lucknow schedule was riddled with blunders, “Pankaj Chauhan is the line producer in Lucknow. Salman M Sheikh is the Line Producer from Mumbai. Prerna called Salman M Sheikh to Lucknow. This resulted in a difference of opinion between the two line producers. This led to some misunderstanding and Pankaj, who was providing us all the help, became uncooperative. Two swords can’t stay in one miyan“
He further added, “Prerna wakes up not in the morning but at six in the evening (she claims it is due to a medical problem). Then she plans the schedule which is going to start at 7:00 PM. Meanwhile, all the actors will be on standby. As a result, the schedule will start 3-4 hours late. The cost of shooting per day is Rs. 8-9 lakhs. Due to zero planning, no proper schedule and even unwanted holidays, the film could not get completed on time and went over budget. “
Fact Check: Did the makers of the film stumble over the hotel payment and did Rishabh get arrested?
Bollywood Hungama told that the team Rosie: The Saffron Chapter Payment faltered in two hotels in Lucknow. Manigandan Manjunathan confirmed that the episode did indeed happen and said, “The issue has been resolved now. Payment has been made. The problem started because of attitude issues. If you’re owed money, you can’t take the attitude and brag that you’re rich and powerful.”
He also confirmed that Rishabh D Saraf was arrested from Lucknow airport, as reported by this portal. He said, ‘The problem started when Prerna V Arora left early in the morning without informing anyone. This created an issue. “
for October release Rosie: The Saffron Chapter?
Asked if the shooting is yet to come, Manigandan replied, “The film is almost complete. 2-3 days of montage shots are yet to be taken. And a song needs to be shot. Meanwhile, editing is pending.” The film is in the post-production stage.”
Prerna V Arora claimed Rosie: The Saffron Chapter Will release in October. To which he replied, “It is not possible to release the film in October. Some 35 days of post-production work is still pending. If all goes well and if everyone supports, we can still make it till Diwali. Can try to make.”
The makers had also announced that a song from the film would release on October 9 but that hasn’t happened yet.
Manigandan Manjunathan clarified his intention, saying, “Through this interview, I would like to appeal that I want this film to come out. Under the banner of Mera Mandira Entertainment (Prerna V Arora, Rishabh D Saraf and Dhanesh Udayavar). There is an agreement with me, in which it is clearly stated that they will return my money to me with bank interest by September 15. I can fight legally but I don’t want to get on with this work. I will complete this project. I want to do this provided I get the support of director Vishal Mishra and the rest of the team. So if they support me, we can sell this film and settle the liabilities peacefully. This is Palak Tiwari’s debut film. Want to give a good start in the industry. Sadly the way they are handling it is wrong and I don’t know why they are doing this.
Manigandan also wants to make public that he is a significant and majority stakeholder in the film, “The film is fully funded by me and Dhanesh Udayavar. Most of the money is given by me. Prerna is the presenter but her money is not invested. Everyone assumed that Prerna V Arora is the producer and who controlled the project. I was there on the set but no one knew that I had funded the film. They treated me as a guest or a guest. This is only when . the teaser Rosie: The Saffron Chapter In July and August (in which he was named) it came to light that everyone in the team found out that I was the producer.
She further added, “She is giving a false impression that she has 100% rights of the film. But it is not true. I have an agreement with Vishal Mishra where it is clearly mentioned that on the IP of the film. I have 100% right.”
Manigandan Manjunathan is upset with the way Prerna V Arora and Rishabh D Saraf messed up the project. He lamented, “They want to enjoy luxury and lavish lifestyle but on one’s money. His bill is still due at a five-star hotel in Santa Cruz. Who will pay for his stay? If Prerna sells the film, then only she will get the money, right? Mandira Entertainment is committed to a certain percentage of revenue from the profit made by the film. However, all the money has been spent in the production stage itself.”
Is Prerna going on floors with two more films?
Manigandan is also shocked, seeing Prerna V Arora and Rishabh D Seraph announcing several projects and trying to show that things are going smoothly for them. He said, “He declared ITI: Can you solve your own murder and some movie called sita ri. I wonder how he got the funds for both these films. And if they have funds, why not settle their liabilities? Rosie: The Saffron Chapter First?”
Manigandan Manjunathan hints with a tip for future investors in Prerna V Arora’s films, “My only advice to any outsider who decides to build and fund Prerna’s upcoming projects is to be very careful. “
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