Last year in September, serial Bitti Business Wali ended but the cast and the crew members haven’t been paid their dues yet by producer Raakesh Paswan. A few months back, the actors had approached CINTAA (Cine and TV Artistes Association); however, seems like they haven’t been helpful to them. And so, they have now decided to go to the police if he doesn’t settle their dues immediately.
“All of us have been trying to contact Raakesh Paswan and those associated with him in the production house, but we haven’t got any response. The last message that I got from them was in December. My brother requested them to release the due payment in parts, as I had some medical issues and I needed money for it. I even bought a house after I bagged the show. They owe me around `7 lakh and it’s not a small amount,” actress Prakruti Mishra, who played the lead role in the show, said in a statement.
The actress further added, “We shot for the show for seven months and got paid just for one month, and that too, not the full amount. Artistes and several technicians have been waiting for their payment. We received a mail from the production house in February assuring us that the dues will be cleared by April, which didn’t happen. The producer and his team have stopped answering our calls and text messages. We approached CINTAA a couple of months ago, but the production house hasn’t responded to them either. We will approach the police if they don’t clear our dues immediately.”
When Rakesh Paswan was questioned about it, he said, “I have been a part of this industry for several years. I started my career as a writer and later turned producer. I have never been accused of anything like this. I am in touch with the cast and plan to release their payments as soon as possible. The show ended in just four months, due to which I suffered heavy losses. I am facing financial problems, as I don’t have a show on air. My conscience is clear, and I have promised everyone that their dues will be cleared soon. In fact, on two occasions, after my shows shut down, I had cleared everyone’s dues even though I hadn’t received payments from the channels.”
The show was launched in May 2018 and went off air in mere five months i.e in September 2018.