Oscar-Winning Indian Film in Payment Controversy

1st Indian documentary to win Oscar made history earlier this year.

An Indian documentary that won an Oscar for best documentary is at the center of a controversy over claims that its creators broke financial aid commitments to an indigenous couple who appeared in it.

The book depicts the tale of Bomman and Bellie, a couple who take care of an orphaned and hurt baby elephant inside the Tamil Nadu state’s Mudumalai Tiger Reserve.

However, it was revealed this week that a legal notification had been submitted to the movie’s creators in June, accusing them of breaking their promises to the couple to provide them with “a proper house” and “sufficient financial support. “This was confirmed to BBC Tamil earlier this week by Bomman and Bellie.

The charges have been refuted by the filmmakers. The producer and director sent a statement to BBC Tamil earlier this week in which they expressed their “deep respect” for all the story’s collaborators.

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“All the allegations made by Bomman-Bellie are false, there is no truth in their allegations,” the film’s director Kartiki Gonsalves continued.

However, it was revealed this week that a legal notification had been submitted to the movie’s creators in June, accusing them of breaking their promises to the couple to provide them with “a proper house” and “sufficient financial support. “This was confirmed to BBC Tamil earlier this week by Bomman and Bellie.

The charges have been refuted by the filmmakers. The producer and director sent a statement to BBC Tamil earlier this week in which they expressed their “deep respect” for all the story’s collaborators.

“All the allegations made by Bomman-Bellie are false, there is no truth in their allegations,” the film’s director Kartiki Gonsalves continued.

Bomman stated to a media outlet on August 7 that he was unaware that a legal notice had been sent and did not know the attorney who was behind it after the matter made news this week.

But Bomman reiterated to the BBC on Thursday night that a legal notice had actually been delivered and had not been withdrawn.

According to AS Mohammed Manzoor, the couple’s attorney, “the claims that we have taken back our legal notice are baseless and absolutely fake,” he also told the BBC.

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