Police investigation report: Producers of Manjummel Boys intended to defraud the complainant

Meanwhile, the court extended the order not to arrest the petitioners till June 5
Poster of Manjummel Boys
Poster of Manjummel Boys

Last month, Kochi Maradu Police in Kerala registered a case against the producers of Manjummel Boys, including for cheating, on a complaint that they failed to honour a promise over profit-sharing they allegedly made to an investor in the film.

An investigation report submitted by the police on Wednesday alleges significant financial fraud was committed. According to the report, the producers allegedly committed financial fraud by claiming the film's production cost was Rs 22 crore, while the actual cost was Rs 18.65 crore. Police's investigation concludes that the producers had lied about spending more.

The police registered the case on April 23 on the direction of the Ernakulam First Class Magistrate Court after Siraj Valiyathara Hameed, a seafood exporter, accused the production company of the film, Parava Films, and its partner Shawn Antony. The producers of Parava Films had allegedly promised him a share of 40 percent share of the profits after he had invested Rs 7 crore.

According by the complainant, the film had done exceptional business and his total estimated loss is around Rs 47 crores. Following this, the court ordered the freezing of the bank accounts of the accused producers Shawn, actor-producer Soubin Shahir and Babu Shahir.

Meanwhile, the court extended the order not to arrest the petitioners till June 5. The counsel representing the makers of the film stated that the complainant's allegation was merely an attempt to pressure them into settling their civil dispute.

Manjummel Boys, written and directed by Chidambaram, was released on February 22. The film went on to become a blockbuster that became the highest-grossing film in Malayalam, crossing over Rs 200 crore globally, as claimed by the makers.

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