In the wake of #MeToo movement, many big names like Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, and Nana Patekar have been accused of sexual harassment and the latest one to add to the list is of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety director, Luv Ranjan.
An actress shared her horrifying story when she went to audition for Luv’s film in 2010 and the director asked her to strip down to her panties. She added that she was asked some uncomfortable questions after which she walked out.
She revealed to the leading tabloid, 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. I was called by Vicky Sidana, a casting director, who said that the auditions for Pyaar Ka Punchnama were on, and a very short list of girls had been called for them. 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 the strange part was that they didn’t give us dialogues as they would usually ask you to enact the scene. This was supposedly only a look test.”
The actress further added that when she went for a bikini test, the filmmaker asked her if she would be comfortable with a kissing scene to which she replied yes. After that, Luv asked her to strip down to her bra and panties so that he could tell her if she needed to lose weight. Not only this, she was asked inappropriate questions like if she masturbates or was a virgin.
She said, “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.”
However, Luv has denied all allegations. He told Mid-Day, “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 inquiry.”