Kangana Ranaut, Bipasha Basu accuse Mehul Choksi's Gitanjali Gems of non-payment of dues, breach of contract

FP Staff

Feb 22, 2018 16:31:38 IST

Kangana Ranaut and Bipasha Basu have accused Gitanjali Gems, founded by Mehul Choksi (Nirav Modi's — recently accused in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam — relative), of breach of contract and non-payment of dues.

Kangana Ranaut-Bipasha Basu. Images from Twitter.

Kangana Ranaut-Bipasha Basu. Images from Twitter.

In 2016, Ranaut became the brand ambassador of Nakshatra (a brand under Gitanjali Gems). The actor alleged that she has not been fully paid for endorsing the high-end luxury jewellery label. “There are outstanding dues on Kangana’s Nakshatra endorsement, beyond the stipulated contract,” said Ranaut's spokesperson, according to The Economic Times (ET). 

Basu on the other hand, has been the brand ambassador for Gili (another brand owned by the Gitanjali group) since 2008. Basu alleged that Gili was using photographs of her endorsing the brand even after her contract with Gili had expired. “My managers then tried their best to stop Gili from using my pictures post my contractual period, but even though we sent them letters, they continued to use my pictures internationally too, because of which I lost many jewellery endorsements,” said Basu.

Basu and Ranaut's accusations come hot on the heels of Priyanka Chopra's announcement that she would be seeking legal opinion in order to terminate her existing contract with Nirav Modi (wherein she is the global brand ambassador). Her statement came after Modi was accused of fraud in the PNB scam.

Gitanjali's Nakshatra has also been endorsed by Bollywood celebrities such as Aishwarya Rai and Katrina Kaif.

Updated Date: Feb 22, 2018 16:40:42 IST