BENGALURU: Sandalwood producer Venkatesh has filed a case of cheating against actress Ragini Dwivedi alleging that she had taken Rs 10 lakh from him after promising to act in his upcoming film.
Venkatesh, the producer of upcoming Kannada movie Naati Koli, had filed a complaint against Ragini with the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) in May. The chamber wrote to Ragini asking her to pay back the money, but she allegedly did not respond.
Venkatesh then approached the police and initiated legal action against her and her brother Rudraksh.
In his complaint, Venkatesh has alleged that Ragini had taken Rs 10 lakh from him and Rudraksh, a designer, had taken Rs 6.3 lakh for ‘designing her wardrobe’. But later, she refused to act in the film and Venkatesh asked her to return his money. She allegedly sought some time, but did not do so for eight months. When he approached her again, she tried to pacify him saying she would act in his next movie.
“She is telling me she will star in my next movie and would adjust the amount. When she could not complete one project to which she had committed, how can I think of doing another film with her?” Venkatesh said.
When Express contacted her, Ragini refused to comment on the complaint.