By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Christina Persaud, the American businesswoman who invested millions of dollars into the hosting of the “Bollywood Live with Stars Concerts” is contending that she was forced to cancel the Berbice leg of the show because the Indian Soap Stars and their associates who travelled to Guyana became greedy.
Speaking with the iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) before leaving the country on Tuesday (March 25), Persaud said that had she continued with the Berbice leg of the show, she would have been in serious financial problem. The soap stars who came for the concert include Arjun and Purvi.
The woman explained that from the inception the approach of the stars were very unprofessional and left much to be desired. She said that the manner in which they behaved would cause any fan to turn their backs on them since they showed their “true colours.”
Ms. Persaud said that the claims as carried in one section of the media that the artistes were not paid “is a fat lie.” She admitted that they were not paid for the Berbice show and that is because the Berbice show was cancelled.
The promoter explained that she sent to US$30,000 to India before the team arrived in Guyana. According to her, since in India the artistes agreed that they will US$1,800 for each show and that amount was paid to them before they performed at the first show at Tushen, East Bank Essequibo.
Persaud explained that when it came to the show at the Providence National Stadium the artistes allowed their greed and unreasonable attitudes to get the better of them.
The promoter is now alleging that the stars saw the massive crowd at the Stadium from their hotel room (Princess Hotel) and demanded that they be paid more money.
Persaud said she refused and then the entire night became chaotic for her as the organizers and the artistes began to operate outside of the agreed plan of action for the night’s activities.
She said the stars ordered several meals from the hotel without utilizing it. Persaud talked about food having to be dumped after being ordered by the stars.
According to her, the lavish and unreasonable expenses were left for her to deal with, as she further accused the stars of bullying her into paying for their spas and other treatments at the hotel.
iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) was also told that the stars sought to seek monies for every single engagement they were asked to be part of including a press conference and meetings with senior government officials including Guyana’s Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali.
The woman expressed her deepest regrets to the people in Berbice and those who were inconvenienced as a result of the cancellation of the show. She assured that she is no fraud and what transpired was just a “simple case of miscommunication and sabotage by a group of egotistic individuals who portray themselves as professionals on television but really care about no one else but themselves and fleecing persons they do business with.”