Producer Mohan Natarajan has lodged a formal complaint with the Tamil Film Producers’ Council against actress Ileana for cheating him to the tune of Rs.50 lakhs. Ileana, who is a popular actress in Telugu, debuted in Tamil films as heroine with Kedi opposite Ravikrishna more than six years back. The film bombed at the box-office and Ileana promptly retreated to Telugu films where she hit big time soon.
Director Shankar brought Ileana back in Tamil films by casting her opposite Vijay in the recently released Nanban, a remake of the Bollywood hit film 3 Idiots. Ileana played Kareena’s role in the original version and remarked that she was happy to be back at the place where she started her career. However, her bad luck with Tamil films appears to be continuing.
Though the film has been doing average business, she faces problems on another front. Post the release of Nanban, two leading Tamil producers reportedly approached her to play the lead role in their films. For reasons best known to her, Ileana had flatly refused those offers saying that she didn’t have the dates and instead went ahead and signed up two Bollywood projects.
Producer Mohan Natarajan reportedly paid Ileana Rs.50 lakhs some time back as ‘advance’ for a film starring her and Vikram in the lead. Now that the film has been dropped for a variety of reasons, Natarajan obviously wanted the money back but the curvaceous actress isn’t showing any signs of returning the advance amount. Natarajan has lodged a complaint with the Council seeking his money back from the actress.
Wonder what Ileana would have to say to this!