Production giant Lyca has refuted charges made by Rekhs, a popular subtitler in the south Indian film industry, who has alleged that the company did not settle her dues for working in superstar Rajinikanth’s Shankar-directed ‘2.0’.
A statement from Lyca said, “Lyca Productions allots a budget of Rs 50,000 for subtitling of all the films we produce, irrespective of the scale and budget. This is because, we have in-house facilities to complete the technical process to delivery.
Ms Rekhs demanded 2 lakhs for subtitling the film 2.0, which was not agreeable to us. Out of her own free will, she completed the work and said we could discuss the compensation later. She had reached out subsequently, but the rate she expected was not acceptable by us.
Charging Rekhs with making false allegations in public even after she was offered a “fair” deal, the production house added: “Sometime back she reached out to the media to falsely accuse us. We reached out To Rekhs around 10 days back and offered to pay her an amount of Rs 1 Lakh which was not the agreed budget by us. However, we felt since there has been a time-lapse and out of goodwill this was fair. She was not ready to settle to this and demanded 2 lakhs, which is definitely not the market rate.”
Lyca, while stating that it was ready to settle with Rekhs at the price that the company has decided, said, “We as a production house, produce various films of varying genres and budgets engage many vendors. We do not default on payments, we only negotiate as per normal trade practice. This outburst to the media, has been with the sole intention to defame us. Since this has been made public, we would like to state on record that we are ready to settle the amount of Rs 1 lakh.”