Upasana Singh on suing Harnaaz Sandhu: At that age I was fooled, I never thought she would do this
Actor-producer Upasana Singh, well known in the Hindi and Punjabi film industry, filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu. Upasana accused Harnaaz of not honoring his work commitment to former Bai Ji Kuttange’s Punjabi production. According to the agreement between them, Harnaaz had to give 25 days for promotions of the film but did not fulfill them. Upasana says winning the competition changed the young artist.
The civil suit was filed under Section 10 of the Specific Relief Act 2018, read with Section 73 of the Indian Contracts Act 1872, to claim damages from the Defendant for not – performance of its obligations under the agreement between them. The plaintiff company, through lawyer Karan Sachdeva, sought damages of Rs 1 crore from Harnaaz.
Speaking of damage, Upasana Singh told indianexpress.com, “My movie release date was May 27 and for us it was the happiest day of our lives when Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu became Miss Universe. We partied and celebrated. Everyone knew how close I was to her. After I told her that the promotion dates for my movie were around May 27, she stopped taking my calls. Then I started to message him asking, “The movie comes out on May 27th. Let me know what dates will you give me for promotions.” I started emailing her, but she didn’t respond.
The troubled producer continued, “I sent her the movie poster announcing the release date and all the actors in the movie shared that poster on their social media, but she didn’t. At that time, I felt it was very weird.
Upasana Singh also claimed that she decided to change the release date of Bai Ji Kuttange from May 27 to August 19, hoping that Harnaaz Sandhu would make himself available for promotions.
“I asked her so much but then I thought as she recently won the competition, maybe she has commitments, so I should change the date. I changed the release date of the film to 19 August. Then I started contacting her but got no response. She started avoiding everyone in my friend’s circle. Someone called her to tell her that there was a show in Dubai, which she accepted and discussed the details. But when the same person told Harnaaz to talk about my movie dates, she cut the call. That’s how she insulted me “said the 47-year-old actor.
Upasana Singh further explained the financial loss caused by Harnaaz Sandhu.
“I sent notice to her that if she doesn’t give me dates I will file a case because I lost my distributor in this case because previous distributors knew that Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu is there in this movie. Other people were supposed to invest in my film, not me. Today I have a loan of Rs 1 crore 60 lakh to release this movie just because of Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu as people backed down because she did. My film is late and I have his interest. So many posters, so much publicity had happened earlier, everything was ruined,” revealed Upasana, whose son Nanak will make his acting debut with the upcoming film.
She added: “At that age too, I was fooled by her. I never could have imagined that she could do this to me.
Harnaaz Sandhu won the Miss Universe crown on December 13, 2021. Upasana Singh believes that this feat has changed Harnaaz and she no longer respects the Punjabi film industry.
“She sees Punjabi film as a small thing and she feels she will do Bollywood and Hollywood. When you become Miss Universe, you say ‘Chakk de fatte’. You say I am Punjabi and proud of it. However, you consider the Punjabi language to be small. Such a great movie I made. My life savings are invested in it. My son’s career depends on it and now for you Punjabi are small. Now Hollywood and Bollywood are big,” Upasana said.
The lead actor added, “So many big celebrities don’t quit their mother tongue, but she considers us so small that she hasn’t even shared a single poster. How long does it take? It takes 30 seconds. She puts up pictures of her parties and Holi and everything. Forget emotionally, but as a professional, wasn’t she supposed to take a stand with me? I have an agreement from her for 25 days but she can’t give me 5 days? »
Not just as a producer, Upasana Singh also feels personally betrayed. The actor goes back in time to remember the first time she met Harnaaz Sandhu, who was a struggling actor at the time.
“At that time, she was a fighter and she came to see me with her mother. She asked me to give her a chance. I liked her and I thought that newcomers should be given chances. I come from a small place and i reached this stage with great difficulty i understand very well travel and how new girls have to struggle to find work i understand that and so i always thought that when i would movies I will give the currency to new people who deserve it so they don’t have to struggle like me. With that intention I gave it a chance. After that I also gave it a chance in a another movie,” Upasana recalled.
Going forward, Upasana Singh says the court will send a summons to Harnaaz Sandhu.
“I’m doing this to let the world know that what happened to me shouldn’t happen to them,” she concluded.