November 22, 2020 12:25:29 pm
Actor-model and former Bigg Boss contestant Mandana Karimi has claimed to have been mentally harassed by film producer Mahendra Dhariwal on the sets of their film Koka Kola in Mumbai. The incident allegedly occurred on November 13, The Times of India reported.
In an interview with Bombay Times, the actor said she had issues with the team from the very beginning.
Mandana said: “I’m still in shock about what happened and how it happened. Koka Kola is a movie we’ve been working on for over a year now, and it’s one of those jobs that you do knowing the crew isn’t very professional. We all end up doing a few of these jobs to keep us afloat. From the start I had problems with this crew. The producer (Mahendra Dhariwal) is an old school man who turns the setting into a selfish, man-dominated place.
The actor said he was “ shaken ” by the incident on the Koka Kola sets. She added, “What happened on November 13 shook me. It was the last day of my shoot and I wanted to finish and start. I had another meeting scheduled. The last two days of filming, I had arrived early and timed within hours, even though the filming wasn’t just about me. A little before I concluded, the producer asked me for an extra hour on set, which I told him I couldn’t do because I had a meeting scheduled. He said okay, and I went back to the set to finish my last takes. We were turning for a song. But the moment I left the set and went into my vanity to change, he came in forcefully and started yelling, ‘You can’t go. I asked you to do an extra hour and you have to listen because I’m the producer and I paid you.
Mandana Karimi revealed that she was called by names and shouted in front of the crew. Mandana concluded that it was “mental harassment”.
Meanwhile, producer Mahendra Dhariwal told the Bombay Times that it was Mandana who was unprofessional and refused to do her job despite being fully paid. Dhariwal said he was forced to give the actor a ‘listening ear’ after she ‘started playing the game’.
“In a year and a half, for a contract of Rs 7 lakh, she took Rs 17 lakh, cash transactions included. I’m okay with spending that money, but she behaved unprofessionally with us, ”the producer said.
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