19-year-old Mumbai model and Bhojpuri and Tamil actress Mahima Singh Puri in a shocking interview to IndiaScribes.com revealed that an award-winning Bollywood director who has won national awards for his films molested her and attempted to rape her in his office, where she had gone to meet him for an audition.
“A casting director friend of mine told me that Mr X (name withheld by IndiaScribes.com) was casting for a new medium-budget Bollywood film. As I am interested in doing Bollywood films – Mahima Singh has signed on two Tamil projects to be produced by director Suneet Vohra of Tribhuvan Trilok Films – I sent him (casting director) my photographs and profile. After 2 or 3 days, I got a call from this casting director, who said that I was shortlisted by Mr X for a project and that he wanted to personally audition me in his office. My joy knew no bounds and I went to meet him on the appointed day at his Yari Road, Versova office. When I was in his office, he told me he wanted to see my figure and asked me to take my outer clothes off. I refused, as I was in my periods and I was not feeling very comfortable in that place. At that point in time, he came towards me and tried to kiss me.”
He then touched me inappropriately on different parts of my body, including my bust and behind. I managed to free myself from his clutches and rushed towards the door. He tried to follow me, but I opened the door and rushed out. Two male staff who were sitting in his office, looked and me and turned away, as though they were used to this spectacle. I ran out of his office and hailed an auto-rickshaw and rushed home. I was mentally and emotionally disturbed and did not speak to anyone for two days. Later on, I told my director-friend Suneet Vohra who asked me to narrate my story to the news website IndiaScribes.com,” said the beleaguered actress.