Actor-producer Upasana Singh, known in the Hindi and Punjabi film industry, filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu. Upasana accused Harnaaz of not honoring his work commitment to the early Punjabi production Bai Ji Kuttange. According to the agreement between them, Harnaaz was supposed to allow 25 days for the film’s promotions, but did not respect them. Upasana says winning the contest changed the young artist.
The civil suit was filed under Section 10 of the Specific Relief Act, 2018, read under Section 73 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872, for the defendant’s claim for damages for failure to fulfill her obligations under the agreement among them. The complainant company, through the lawyer Karan Sachdeva, asked Harnaaz for compensation of Rs 1 crore.
Speaking of the damage, Upasana Singh she told indianexpress.com, “My movie’s release date was May 27th and for us it was the most important day of our lives when Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu became Miss Universe. We celebrated and celebrated it. Everyone knew how close I was to her. After I told her the promotion dates for my movie are around May 27, she stopped taking my calls. Then I started writing her asking: “The film will be released on May 27th. Tell me what dates you give me for promotions”. I started sending her emails, but she didn’t reply to anything ”.
The troubled producer continued: “I sent her the poster of the film announcing the release date and all the actors in the film shared that poster on their social media, but she didn’t. At that moment I felt that this is very strange ”.
Upasana Singh also said that she has decided to change Bai Ji Kuttange’s release date from May 27 to August 19, hoping that Harnaaz Sandhu would make herself available for promotions.
“I asked her a lot but then I thought that since she recently won the competition, maybe she has some commitments, so I should change the date. I changed the release date of the film to August 19th. Then I started to contact her but got no response. She started avoiding everyone in my friend’s circle. Someone called her saying there is a show in Dubai, to which she agreed and discussed the details. But when the same person told Harnaaz to talk about my movie dates, she dropped the call. That’s how she insulted me, “said the 47-year-old actor.
Upasana Singh further explained the financial loss caused by Harnaaz Sandhu.
“I sent her a notice that if she doesn’t give me the dates, I will file a lawsuit because in this case I lost my distributor because the previous distributors knew that Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu is there in this movie. Other people should have invested in my film, not me. Today, I have a loan of Rs 1 crore 60 lakh to distribute this film just because of Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu as people took a step back because he did. My film was delayed and I have his interest. So many posters, so much publicity had happened before, it all went to waste, “revealed Upasana, whose son Nanak will make his acting debut with the upcoming film.
She added: “At this age, I too got fooled by her. I could never have imagined that she could do this to me ”.
Harnaaz Sandhu won the Miss Universe crown on December 13, 2021. Upasana Singh feels that the result has changed Harnaaz and that she no longer respects the Punjabi film industry.
“He’s looking at Punjabi film as a small thing and he feels it will do Bollywood and Hollywood. When you become Miss Universe, you say “Chakk de fat”. You say I’m a Punjabi and I’m proud of it. However, consider the Punjabi language small. Such a great movie I made. Life savings are invested in it. My son’s career depends on it and now Punjabis are small for you. Now Hollywood and Bollywood are big, “Upasana said.
The senior actor added: “So many big celebrities don’t leave their native language, but she considers us so small that she hasn’t even shared a poster. How long does it take? It takes 30 seconds. She sticks up her party photos of her and Holi and everything. You forget emotionally but as a professional you shouldn’t have taken a stand with me? I have an agreement of her for 25 days but she can’t give me 5 days? “
Not only as a producer, Upasana Singh also feels betrayed personally. The actor goes back in memory to remember the first time she met Harnaaz Sandhu, who was a struggling actor at the time.
“She was a wrestler at the time and had come to me with her mother. She had asked me to give her a chance. I liked her and thought we should give newcomers a chance. I came from a small town and reached this stage with many difficulties. I understand travel very well and how new girls struggle to find work. I understand that and so I’ve always thought that when I make movies, I’ll give the change to new people who deserve it so they don’t have to struggle like me. With that intention, I gave her the chance. After that, I gave her a chance in another movie as well, ”recalled Upasana.
Moving on, Upasana Singh says the court will send a summons to Harnaaz Sandhu.
“I’m doing this so the world knows that what happened to me shouldn’t happen with them,” he concluded.