Controversy
Arvind Swamy moved Madras HC saying he hadn’t been paid in full for ‘Sathuranga Vettai 2’, which has been produced by Manobala.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday sent a notice to Manobala's Picture House, headed by acclaimed actor and director Manobala, directing it to respond to Arvind Swamy’s petition. The Tamil actor had filed a civil suit with the Madras High Court against the producer of his upcoming film Sathuranga Vettai 2 claiming he hadn’t yet been remunerated fully for the movie.

The counsel on behalf of the actor sought for the settlement of his payment, which is to the tune of Rs 1.79 lakh, with an 18% interest per annum from the date of filing the petition to the date of its realisation. He had also filed an injunction to restrain the release of the movie until the disposal of the suit.

When the case came up for hearing before Justice M Sundar on Tuesday, Arvind Swamy’s counsel said he was not pressing for a restraint on the film’s release but was only seeking the recovery of his remuneration and therefore a court notice would suffice.

Sathuranga Vettai 2 is a Tamil heist drama written by H Vinoth and directed by Nirmal Kumar. Vinoth had directed Sathuranga Vettai that released in 2014. Both the films have been produced by Manobala. Director Nirmal Kumar had previously worked on Vijay Antony’s Salimthat released in 2014.

Sathuranga Vettai 2 stars Arvind Swamy and Trisha in lead roles in addition to stars like Prakash Raj, Daniel Balaji, Nassar, Radharavi, Sriman, Yogi Babu and Vichu Viswanath. It was reported that the filming for Sathuranga Vettai 2 began in October 2016 and was wrapped up by June the following year. The film has since been facing multiple delays in its release. With a civil suit pending, the film’s release is expected to be pushed further.

Sathuranga Vettai received positive reviews when it released in 2014 and also received Vikatan Award for best film.