Sara claims that she has not been paid for her stint in the Zee TV show, ‘Jamai Raja’.
Sara Arfeen Khan who is currently seen in Love Ka Hai Intezaar on Star Plus claims that she did not get paid for her stint in the Zee TV show, Jamai Raja.
“Last year, I worked for 3 months in Jamai Raja, from the month of October to December and my first cheque was due in January. The show shut down and since then, I have had problems in connecting with the production house,” says Sara.
What she claims is that when she and some other actors received no response, they decided to approach Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA).
“After 5 months of no one responding to our calls and messages, we actors formed a group and decided to go to CINTAA. CINTAA organised a meeting with the producer, Meenakshi Sagar and she promised us that the cheques would be cleared in a few weeks. She even mailed us the same. After that, we waited for another two months but nothing of what was promised happened,” she says.
Sara adds, “Finally, after dropping a few messages and warning Meenakshi a couple of times about speaking this out in the media, her staff released two post dated cheques for one month’s payment. But the first cheque bounced! I got really mad at the production house and they promised me that they will issue another cheque with an assurity that the 2nd one will not bounce.”
Sara says that the second cheque also bounced, which was when Sara decided to take legal action.
“After waiting for another 10 days, I deposited the cheque which also bounced. Then, I told my coordinator that this is a criminal offence and that I need to talk to my lawyer. After that, I got a message from Meenakshi promising me that she will do an RTGS transfer within 5 days. After 5 days, I messaged her again and reminded her of her promise.
She did keep her promise of transferring the money, however, it was only Rs. 50,000, which was nothing compared to the amount due. Several messages were sent to her and my coordinator but alas! There was no response. I then decided to take legal help for this matter.
After a legal notice, Meenakshi transferred the balance amount of the first month’s payment out of 3 but my lawyer stated that according to section 138, she will have to pay 18 percent of the bounced cheques. After that, no money has been transferred and there is no response from Meenakshi regarding our payments as well. It has been 7 months now and our payments have not been cleared. I am left with no option but to seek the help of the media,” says Sara.
“I feel very cheated as I used to work religiously and would travel for 3 hours daily to Naigaon for the show. Most of the times, I put in extra hours which has not been appreciated, ” she claims.