Tamannaah Bhatia made her foray into television as a host with Masterchef Telugu, which is currently being aired on Gemini TV. Now the actress has released a statement accusing the makers of Masterchief Telugu of non-payment of dues and unprofessional behavior. She said that she wasn't paid the full amount for her work. Later, Tamannaah was replaced by Anasuya Bharadwaj. Now, the makers of Masterchef Telugu Innovative Film Academy have shared a statement regarding the controversy.
Innovative Film Academy's statement read, "We would like to bring to your kind notice that the claims made by the actor are false. The contract between IFA and Tamannaah is for eighteen (18) shoot days starting from 24th June to the end of September. For this time, the production house, IFA had agreed to pay Actor Tamannaah Rs. 2 Crore as per the contract that both parties have mutually agreed upon. Abiding by the contract, IFA has paid Tamannaah a total amount of Rs. 1.56 Crores for the sixteen days of the shoot that are done. The balance amount of Rs. 50 lakhs was supposed to be released, as per the agreement, after the completion of the two days of shoot for the finale which is still not shot. Despite Tamannaah not furnishing her availability for the finale shoot, IFA has always maintained they will still pay her for those days once she comes and shoots the finale (sic)."