A web series director has been identified for allegedly forcing a 22-year-old actress to perform nude scenes for the filming of his production. Identified as Ravikant Singh, this web series director has been arrested for allegedly forcing the film actress to perform nude scenes which according to her was obscene.
The producer Shweta Sival was also arrested later for inappropriately touching this 22-year-old actress and model. Both the accused were booked by the Malvani police and produced before the Borivali Metropolitan Magistrate court. However, a bail application was presented in their behalf by their respective lawyers which stood postponed after the hearing. Singh and Sival have been remanded in the custody until the next hearing.
The Andheri-based actress had already featured in a number of TV shows. She found out about Singh and the upcoming web series through one of her friends who works as a production creative. As informed by the friend that the acquaintance were starting a project and was looking for an actress, the actress visited the web series director at his office in Andheri. He met her and details of the character were explained to her for the series. Later she signed a contract agreement with them.
Explaining her situation, she produced a statement to police explaining, “Ravikant signed the contract in such a hurry that she did not get a chance to read it properly. But before signing it, she verbally informed him and refused to act in any kind or bold or obscene scenes other than kissing.”
The shooting for the series began on June 12 at a bungalow in Madh Island, Mumbai and lasted three days during which Singh allegedly forced her to perform several intimate scenes.
Both Singh and Sival forcibly shot nude scenes of hers and even asked her to shoot a sex scene with another woman. It has been reported that the director and producer asked her to take her top off.
In her statement, she also revealed that once she stopped coming to the shoot, she began to receive threats. She also stated that Sival even left a note mentioning that they may send a group of men to beat her up and even get her arrested as she was breaching the duly signed official agreement.
The regular threats prompted the model cum actress to register a complaint at the DN Nagar Police Station in Andheri, Mumbai. However, initially the officers refused to register the case as the crime was under the jurisdiction of Malvani Police Station.
An officer said, “The Malvani police on June 22 recorded her statement and registered the case against the duo under section 354 (assault or criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation), began the investigation and arrested the duo.”
After suspects’ interrogation, the police explained that all the information was clearly mentioned in her contract. Also, her leaving the shoot made the production company lose hundreds of thousands of rupees.
The web series director and producer’s lawyers did send a legal notice to the actor, but her lawyer sent one to the accused.
Singh and Sival will remain in custody as the investigation continues.