Another MeToo: “Pyar ka Punchnamma director Luv Ranjan asked me to strip down to panties, asked me if I was virgin”

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Here is a very disturbing account of an actress who was asked to wear bikini, asked to remove everything except a bra & panties, asked if she used condoms or masturbated and a lot more

The Hush Post |14:00 pm |3-minute-read

Courtesy Tanushree Datta, the MeToo movement is here. After this, there were several allegations and women came out and found the courage to share their woeful tales.

If yesterday filmmaker Sajid Khan was accused of sexual harassment today is Luv Ranjan’s turn. Now, an actress has spoken up of her ordeal and spoke of an incident when she was asked to audition for a Luv Ranjan film.

The actress was asked by the director if she masturbates. Feeling uncomfortable, she walked out.

The actor told a Mumbai eveninger Mid-Day, “It was 2010. I was 24, and had done two small roles in big movies opposite well-known actors, and was in the auditioning phase. Vicky Sidana, a casting director, who said that the auditions for Pyaar Ka Punchnama called me since auditions were on and also that a very short list of girls had been called for it. I trusted him and hence, went for it. The dress code was a short skirt and a tight top, which was fairly common, and wasn’t a problem with me.

There were seven to eight girls there, and strangely they didn’t give us dialogues as they would usually ask to enact the scene. This was supposedly only a look test.”

She opened up on how was she was made uncomfortable in the bikini test. She told the tabloid that she agreed to bikini test as a part of her profession, but followed a normal bikini test was not what she was expecting.

“I was at Kumar Mangat’s office and Abhishek Pathak, his son, was the producer. I’m not sure whether or not he was present that day because I didn’t see him or interact with him. The director, Luv Ranjan, and the cinematographer were sitting in a room and calling the girls in one after the other. The girl who went before me and came out had an ashen look and seemed disturbed. She hurriedly left. Then I went in. The room was properly lit for an audition and there was a proper camera set up, etc.  They asked me to give an introduction, which was totally normal, totally legitimate,” the actress said.

She added, “Then, Luv Ranjan said there was a kissing scene and bikini scene in the movie and asked if I was fine with that, to which I said yes. He said he wanted to see what I’d look like in a bikini. Later in life, when I gave another audition for a movie, there was a female stylist who gave me a bikini to do a look test in the presence of lots of people.”

Seh said: “The worst came when the director asked her to strip down to her panties. She shared, “Luv asked me to strip down to my bra and panties. He said he wanted to see my body so he could check if I needed to lose weight. He said they were not recording anything and the cinematographer would also leave the room, so I needn’t worry. After that, it all gets blurry. My heart was pounding and I rushed out saying I had to leave and wasn’t comfortable with it. I went home and tried to forget about it.”

The actor’s ordeal doesn’t end here. Luv Ranjan even went to ask her if she was a virgin or not and inappropriate question like if she used condoms or if she masturbates. “You need to draw from your experiences and when you can’t, I need to know you so well, that I can help you,” said Luv. He asked me about my schooling and family, so I relaxed. Then he asked me if I had a boyfriend, to which I said yes. Then he asked, “Are you a virgin?” I was shocked. He said, “Arrey, we can talk like this, we’re adults,’’ she shared.

She added, “Then he asked me if I used condoms. The last straw was him asking me if I masturbate. By then, I was scared and asked if I could leave. He said I shouldn’t misunderstand him, and called the three guys into the room and asked them, “Do you trust me enough as a director, that if I were to ask you to drop your pants, you would?”

Post all this, she moved abroad and settled down there. She added that this incident stayed with her all these years. However, when the leading tabloid contacted the director, he denied it. He said, “It’s absurd. It’s so absurd that I don’t know what to say except that I deny it. I don’t know how to react to an anonymous allegation beyond this and am willing to face any legitimate enquiry.”

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