The long-pending Vijay Sethupathi and Gayathrie starrer Puriyatha Puthir, helmed by debutant director Ranjit Jeyakodi, was finally up for release but it looks like there’s another setback for the makers of the film. While it was slated to hit the big screens today September 1, 2017 worldwide, the Chennai Court stalls release of Vijay Sethupathi’s forthcoming film over wage issue with FEFSI (Film Employees Federation of South India). Reportedly, the city civil court has passed the interim order on FEFSI’s petition that alleges that film producers owe Rs 22.13 lakh to those who had worked in the movie.

The court order read – “As per the available documents prima facie of the case is made out. And, the balance of convenience is in favour of the petitioners. The submission of the counsel the JSK Film Corporation, by its proprietor J. Satishkumar, was not paid to the workers belonged to the Federation to the tune of Rs 22,13,051. This is a fit case to grant ad interim injunction because the workers have worked for this film. Hence ad interim injunction granted till September 14, 2017.” Well, this means that the company (JSK Film Corporation) will have to settle the dues they owe to the federation members who had worked in the film, in order to proceed with the release.

The petitioner (FEFSI) has sought a stay on the film bankrolled by the JSK Film Corporation as they have not paid Rs 22,13,051 to their members who have worked in the film. The petitioner’s counsel claimed that the producers had promised the workers to settle the dues before the release of the film but they did not. Also, the counsel argued that these workers of the federation are poor and hence there wasn’t any written agreement made between the producers and the workers about the same.

However, the union and the producers have not come to any agreement or negotiations but will have to resolve this matter soon so that they could release their film.