A reputed TV actress has complained and confirmed to the media that she was inappropriately touched during the shooting of a TV show. The male co-star -- also a reputed name in the Indian TV industry -- has refuted the charge.
This seems like a major #Metoo moment for the Indian Television industry, where there were many reports of scandals but were allegedly kept under wraps.
TV actor Tina Dutta has alleged that co-star Mohit Malhotra touched her inappropriately during the shoot of Daayan. Reports claim she was even seen crying on the sets and has complained to the producers that Mohit “behaved like a hooligan”, reports Hindustan Times.
“He would say that his character demands that he should keep his hand here and there. There was a big showdown on the set. It happened at Klick Nixon Studios when we were shooting for a hospital scene. Some media people were also there and they saw this. Of course. I made it loud and clear. I have done sexual assault scenes, romantic scenes and intimate scenes before in my career, but never faced something like this with anyone before. He is so annoying. He is so frustrated,” Tina told SpotBoyE.
Despite a warning from the producers, Dutta claims Mohit continued to harass her on set. “It was going on since a long time. I went public only after it became so much that I couldn’t take it anymore. Nobody gives excuses like him that ‘woh scene mein bahek gaya tha’. He can’t say he got carried away. He was obviously doing it deliberately,” she added.
Meanwhile, Mohit has shared a joint statement video where Tina is seen standing uncomfortably beside him and claiming all is well between the two. ”She is my good friend and we share a cordial relationship,” he told Pinkvilla.