Friday 29 March 2013

Deepti Naval in tears, slams tabloid: They called my home a prostitution den

Deepti Naval in tears, slams tabloid: They called my home a prostitution den

Bollywood actress Deepti Naval is upset with media for publishing a wrong information about an incident at her place. She took to Twitter and Facebook to criticise it and urge people to support her.

The actress had some differences with her neighbours when she invited a media person with his camera crew at her residence as she wasn't well.

Her neighbours thought they were shooting a film in her apartment and threatened to call police.

"Just before the release of 'Listen Amaya', Farooque Shaikh and I were doing an interview for Rajiv Masand in my Versova terrace flat. I had been keeping unwell those days and had requested Rajiv's camera team to come over to my house instead of me having to go to his studio.

Rajiv came over with his three camera setup and we were in the middle of this interview, when three members from the society barged into the flat and demanded that we stop this activity - they thought we were making a movie, " Deepti, 56, posted on her Facebook page Wednesday.

"I explained to them that they can sit here and watch we are not making a movie, we are doing an interview, but they threatened to call the police on me. Rajiv, Farooque, my director Avinash Singh and his wife Geeta were all very embarrassed hearing this sort of conversation. We tried to wind up fast.

"Then one neighbour Rajan Khurana was sent up to convey to me that the society has threatened to call the police if we don't stop this activity right away. I explained again, but to no avail.

After that I got a call from the secretary of the society who was very irked and repeated that they will call the police. We cancelled all other interviews after that. I was hugely embarrassed. I apologized to my colleagues and they quietly left, " she wrote.

Known for her stellar performances in "Saath Saath" and "Ankahee", the actress felt humiliated and that her rights as a resident were violated and decided to shift to her Madh Island house.

"...Eight days ago, a journalist friend asked me what I was doing sitting in Madh - and I gave vent to my frustration. I told him over the phone that the society treated me so badly and kept threatening me saying they will call the cops as if I'm running a racket here, " she posted.

"Next day, it was out in print, in Mumbai Mirror, the sensational headline, 'I'm not running a prostitution racket' and the story about the society fiasco, stating how badly me and Farooque Sheikh were insulted by the members of my building.

Except for the scandalous headline, nothing wrong with the contents of the article. Other papers have picked up the same headline and implied that the society has accused me of running a prostitution racket. I'm appalled."

"I was sitting there at my terrace flat yesterday evening (Tuesday) after Farooque and I had spent a whole day going to various radio stations giving fresh round of interviews before the re-release of the old "Chashme Buddoor" on April 5 - and I was looking around at my beautiful spacious home where I sit and dream, do all my writing work, invite friends, spend quality time with myself - and I was in tears - this sanctuary of mine to be called a prostitution den."

"In my heart. I apologized to my father who is no more in this world, " she wrote.

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