The late film distributor Ponty Chadha’s untimely death has left filmmakers and producers wondering about the fate of the big budget projects that he was involved in
Ponty Chadha’s death certainly has had a major impact on Bollywood. Shocked directors and producers are deeply worried about the fate of their films that were to be distributed by Ponty. A well-placed source close to the late businessman informed us that “Ponty was under contract to produce two films with Pooja Bhatt – the third installment of the Jism series and Cabaret. Ponty was also said to be financing Abhay Deol’s first film as producer.”
A leading director who wished not to be named said, “Ponty had many films to distribute. He had picked up the rights for Preity Zinta’s delayed Ishq in Paris. He had also agreed on fetching rights for the Sanjay Dutt starrer Zilla Ghaziabad and also David Dhawan’s remake of Chashme Buddoor. He had also bought the rights for Ab Tak Chhappan 2 for Rs 10 crore.” We also hear that Ponty was in talks with Ashtavinayak for a Rs 80 crore deal and with T-Series for Saif Ali Khan’s next.
Reportedly, brothers Hardeep Chadha and Ponty had a fight over ownership of a farmhouse in Chattarpur. After a heated argument, Hardeep is believed to have shot Ponty dead and was in turn killed by Ponty’s security guard. A forensic team that reached the farmhouse for investigation today have held several people for investigation, but there have been no arrests so far.