Bollywood actor Vijay Raaz has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The actor, who has been a part of many films like Gully Boy, Run, Dedh Ishqiya, Dream Girl, Gulabo Sitabo, Stree, Pataakha, Dishoom and many more, was recently arrested for allegedly molesting a female crew on the sets of Vidya Balan-led Sherni. Since October 21, the shoot is reportedly taking place in the jungles of Balaghat. As per online reports, Vijay Raaz was arrested from a five-star hotel and was granted bail on the same evening. The incident happened on Monday.
Now on conditions of anonymity, a crew member revealed that the incident that happened in the full view of 30 people present on the sets. Recalling the entire scene, a crew member had told Mid-day, “She was sitting when Vijay yanked her arm to call for her attention. She lost her temper as this is no way to behave with a female colleague at a workplace. That said, we can vouch that Vijay did not molest her. The director [Amit Masurkar] and the producers immediately stepped in to understand the situation and encouraged her to file an official complaint with the studio, Abundantia Entertainment.”
“On his part, Vijay understood that his action was uncalled for and promptly apologised to her, but she was inconsolable," the crew member added. Following the scene on the sets, the makers suspended the shoot for the day and the woman soon filed the complaint. A source close from the sets and a friend of the complainant revealed that this was the 4th time, Vijay Raaz was rude to her on the sets of Sherni. The source said, “Harassment manifests in many forms, and this is also a kind of harassment. Why would a senior actor take the liberty to touch a woman on a set? I don't know if he meant to behave badly or not, but he eventually did.”
According to Mid-day’s report, Vijay Raaz reported to the shoot on the sets of Sherni, on Wednesday. As Amit Masurkar and producer Vikram Malhotra are yet to conclude punitive measures against the actor, the unit has been instructed to complete the pending shoot by the weekend. Since Vidya Balan had completed her portion she was stayed put in a hotel.
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