Chennai Spy

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Director held following actor Nasser’s complaint

The city police took director Kovai Ramanathan into custody on Friday in connection with a fraud to the tune of Rs 50 lakh. The police said that the director was detained following a complaint from actor Nasser and his wife Kameela Nasser last year.

According to the complaint, the director borrowed Rs 50 lakh from cinema financier Prakash Bokhadia through actor Nasser and failed to return the money. As Nasser facilitated the deal between the director and the financier, he approached the city police for a legal solution.

A person who accompanied Nasser to the police station said, “A few members from the Producers’ Council requested Nasser to resolve the issue internally and not approach the police, but he was adamant about involving the law.” The amount was given to produce a film titled Hindi Number One. But even after a year the project has failed to take off, the person added.

The actor remained in the car to avoid being photographed and refused to comment on the issue. He stayed in the car with his wife for more than two hours. A number of Ramanathan’s friends from the media gathered at the police commissioner’s office as well.

We are looking into the issue and there are possibilities of a compromise. In case there is no compromise, we will arrest the director,” the police added. Director Ramanathan, who was also actor Sathyaraj’s manger some time ago, has directed nine Tamil films including Nadigan, Villathi Villan, Vallal and Brahmma.

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