One of the city's biggest casting directors, the owner of a car-rental company, the Teamsters health-and-welfare fund, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and more than 1,000 crew members and extras who worked on a recent Philly-shot Bollywood film are crying foul.
They say their final paychecks and payments -- well over $100,000 worth -- have bounced, and producers are not responding to their calls and e-mails. Extras had been told to hold the checks till Jan. 9.
Dharma Productions, one of the biggest film studios in Mumbai, contracted with Australia's Swish Group to produce the romantic thriller starring real-life couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Swish's Mitu Bhowmick Lange -- who praised Philadelphia to the heavens in an interview three months ago -- is not answering her phone.
Aggrieved film-industry people, who've been calling me yesterday and today, have been reaching out to Lori Landew and Justin Wineburgh at the Philly office of Cozen O'Connor.