Rookie actor Reena Saini is the latest victim to fall prey to a casting director’s filthy habit. The young actor from Jaipur has filed a case against popular casting director Sohan Thakur in Oshiwara police station. In an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, she shared her ordeal, “I have known Sohan for sometime and thus did not understand his ulterior motives when I met him recently. On the pretext of being friendly and giving me work, he tried to molest me. I am completely shaken and currently in my hometown trying to recover from the incident.”
Reena, who faced the dreadful incident on September 28, posted a long Facebook post that read:
In The name of casting-
Name- Sohan Thakur se “satark Rahe”
Ham ek actor hai aur hame casting directors ko face karna hi padta hai unse milna bhi padta hai aur unpar trust bhi karna padta hai Aur aur ye log hamare uss trust ko majburi samjh lete hai.
Mein ek TV ke casting director se mili jo ki ek no. Ka dhongi insaan hai ye muze kal pata chala.Maa ka ladala Banta hai, maa ke sath photo lagata hai., ladkiyo ke sath photo mein unhe sister bolta hai aur bolta hai I respect woman, I respect you, lekin asal mein aesa kuch nahi hai. Vo bas ek moke ki talash mein rahte hai..Mein iss admi se 1 saal se prichit thi aur isiliye main isse Milne gai..lagbhag Dopahar ke 2:30-3 bje location par pahuchne ke baad ye bola ki mein gadi mein betha hu aa jao .. sath mein ek bacha bhi tha 3-4 saal ka raha hoga mein Beth gai.
Bethne ke baad Himmat dekho
Bolta hai “gadi ke mirror par net laga Do, mein aese kisi se milta nahi”, Media ka darr hoga bande ko.. Bada casting director samjhta hai na apne apko. Bacche ko bolta hai “inhe bolo ham inhe kaam dilvayege” aur uss bache ka bhi lihaaz nahi raha Aur muze Galat niyat se chune ki koshish ki..fir puchta hai”tume mera saparsh kesa laga”?
Mene kaha muze acha nahi laga.. aur mein bas waha se bhagna chahti thi… Iss tarah ki situations mein aksar ham darr jata hai, block ho jate hai, confuse ho jate hai ki kese react kare…
Mene kaha thik hai m nikalti hu to vo bolta hai “aese SUKHI SUKHI chali jaogi”
Waha se aane ke baad muze uska call aaya vo bola ki” hariyanvi bol leti hu ek script bhej raha hu self record karke bhej do.. aur mein manta hu ki muze vo nh karna chaliye tha.. mene tume galat samjh liya. Lekin ye baat ab aage nh hogi,tum ye baat yahi khatam kar do aur agar kisi ko batati bhi ho to isme tumhari bhi BADNAAMI hogi..”
Meri kyu hogi muze samjh nahi aaya… ek to galat kaam khud karte hai upar se darane ki koshish bhi karte hai..
Haan mein 1 saal se mumbai mein hu muze koi kaam bh nahi mila lekin iska matlb ye nh hai ki mein Iss tarah se kaam pana chahti hu..
Mene FIR nh karvaya koi complain nh ki kyuki meri apni majburiya hai jese hamare field ki har ladki ki hoti hai…
Aesa nh hai sab aese hai lekin kuch hai jinki wajah se sab badnaam ho jaate hai… Mein bas yahi bolugi ant mein ki jo log mumbai mein aaye hai,
Jinhone apne sangarsh ki shuruaat ki hai, vo thoda alert rahe aese logo se.
Vese sab aese nh hote par haan aese bhi log hai,mene bhi bas suna tha,
Pahli baar face kiya.
Batao kesi Ajeeb baat
Galat vo kiya aur soch mein rahi hu ki ye post likhu ki na likhu…?
The actor, who found courage after discussing it with her family and friends, filed a FIR against Sohan on October 2. Reena further shared, “Not just physical abuse but he has also been booked for threatening me. There was a hearing on October 12, and neither he nor his lawyer came for the same. His house is locked, his phones switched off. The man is absconding.”
While Sohan remained unavailable, he posted his side of the story on Facebook after Reena’s post. It reads:
Times have changed I would say these days it’s difficult to b “A MAN” in this changing time. In 12 yrs of my career as a Casting director not even one girl or boy can point finger on me as I have been honest sincere to my job. I would never write something like this on a public platform specially about a girl.
I met this junior artist REENA SAINI through auditions a year back. She’s been in touch with me on and off. She has been getting one-two day work as junior artist in the industry and she wants some major role (main lead). She is been sending me and which I have also reciprocated back.
In total I have met her 4 times in life. Fourth time on 28th September she asked to meet me. I was near Shreeji restaurant (andheri west) so asked her to meet me there. Since I was busy so I asked her to meet me in my car outside Shreeji. Thankfully my 6 yr old nephew was with me.
We met for 10-15 min in my car in presence of my 6 yr old nephew. She spoke about how hard it’s to survive in the industry and she’s going through financial crisis, she said she feels suicidal sometimes as she feels she hasn’t come up to the expectations of her family and her breakup with her boyfriend has shattered her completely . She further said that she is under depression and will take some serious action if she remains jobless like this.
I meet such actors and I understand the hardships they go through in everyday life. But all I can do is call them for auditions. give them right platform according to their talent .. if they are talented they would shine and if they aren’t then I can’t do anything more than guiding them right.
This girl after meeting me on 28th September 2017 sent me Dussera greetings on 29th September 2017. Everything was normal. We shared a joke and laughed about it on WhatsApp chat. But Today 1st October to my shock she has posted on facebook that I have touched her inappropriately. If I did touch her in an inappropriate way (as she claims) then why did she greet me on Dussehra … then asked for the audition script next day and even laughed about a joke we shared on WhatsApp on 29th sep. After 3 days she finally decided to post on Facebook. I’m thankful to my stars that my 6 yrs old nephew was there when I met her. I met her in public place where hundreds of people where crossing us. My car doesn’t have any black film, glasses are transparent. I’m posting what she has posted on Facebook. My another saving grace is CCTV footage which was taken at an ATM right across where my car was parked. CCTV footage clearly shows she n I had a friendly hug then she sat in my car with my nephew on her lap .. had a conversation for 10-15min and then we had friendly goodbye hug and she left happily . She is seen leaving my car happily . These days CCTV cameras save you . She could have gone ahead and accused me of rape otherwise . I’m having screenshots of our chats which shows how flirtatious msgs she has been sending and responding to. I’m shocked why she had to stoop to this level . This kind of controversy or publicity will never get you work , it’s only your talent which fetches you work . Being a casting director it gets difficult if girls comeup with such melodrama . I have not touched her or done anything which she has mentioned in her post . She should have applied brains if I had such intentions .. would I do it in presence of my 6yrs old nephew ?? 6yrs old kid is smart enough these days . And that to on a running road where CCTV are installed at every corner . This is an alert for every guy specially people from our industry beware of such girls . I’m going ahead with the legal action so that no one faces such false accusations. I’m going ahead with a Defamation case . Such cheap publicity will never make a junior artist get main lead . They say “every publicity is good” and this girl actually thought it’s true . My sympathies for her . If you are not talented atleast be hardworking but such controversies are not counted as hardwork .
It’s sad that because of such girls words like rape and molestation have lost the gravity.. the seriousness . Playing woman card .. playing victim card doesn’t get you work my dear . Till Yesterday only few people knew that you even existed on this planet.. congratulations with this post , people will know u by name. Enjoy this moment of glory .. enjoy the fame you wished for !! truth shall prevail as I have full faith on our legal system. This post of her on Facebook has led me and my family to social embarrassment and mental harassment so I’m gonna ahead with defamation case (sic) .
Reena quipped, “I was shocked to see his reply to my post. Not just has he shown me in bad light but also tried to prove that I was desperate for work and fame. That was never the question. I only want to show the world his real face and I hope the industry takes strict action against him.”
An officer at Oshiwara police station confirmed that a FIR has been filed and that Sohan has been absconding.
Sohan, who runs his own casting company Starways Entertainment, has worked for various shows namely Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya, Mata Ki Chowki, Hindi Hai Hum, Looteri Dulhann, Ganga Ki Dheej, Madhubala, Rangrasiya, Do Dil Ek Jaan and Sanskaar 2.