Producer charges Rosa of violating agreement

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New Delhi, Oct 6 (UNI) Italian model-turned Bollywood actress Rosa Catalano is in the eye of a controversy with the producer of her forthcoming film charging her of violating the agreement signed with him and threatening to get her deported.

Claiming that Rosa, the former girlfriend of actor Saif Ali Khan, does not have a working visa, Kamal, the producer of 'Deshdrohi', a film where she appears in an item number, has written to the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association, asking them to ban her from working in Bollywood films, if the actress does not fulfil her commitment as per the agreement signed with him.

Alleging that Rosa was refusing to promote his film despite having signed an agreement which requires her to give four days for the promotion of the film, Kamal, whose 'DeshDrohi' is slated for release soon, said, ''though she attended the film's music release, she has refused to participate in any other promotional event for it.

''She is now asking for extra money for attending functions and promotional events for the film. This is contrary to the agreement signed by her with us, wherein she is required to give four days for the music release and promotional events of the film. The agreement also says that she will not be paid anything extra for taking part in the promotional events.'' Kamal is also angry at Rosa going to the press, saying the producers have not paid her the due for the film. In an interview to an English Daily, Rosa alleged that a cheque paid to her by Kamal bounced.

Responding to the charge, Kamal said, ''The cheque paid to Rosa was in lieu of an agreement for our new film. She was to sign the agreement, but did not sign it. However, she took the cheque and her secretary took the cheque and agreement to her house saying that she will sign the agreement at her house and send it back.

''She sent the cheque to the bank in the meantime without signing the agreement which she cannot do. So, the cheque has not bounced, but the payment was stopped.'' MORE UNI ATI KP1241

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