An award winning actress Shweta Basu Prasad, who was held on charges of prostitution by the Hyderabad police, was released from the rescue house.
The case of Shweta Basu Prasad who was once a common name in every house is now a name which is taken by disgust.
Her story has all what is needed to make a masala Bollywood movie, from being famous to falling prey to the unforgiving glamour world. But this isn’t a movie, it’s her life.
The 23 year-old actress was caught in a prostitution racket by the Hyderabad police in a compromising state when the police raided a hotel at Banjara Hills. The actress was caught along with a pimp and some of high profile businessmen from Mumbai.
When she was caught, her name was revealed immediately. While those who were also responsible like the pimp and, the big tycoons their names were kept under wraps. Why was this done? Is the law not equal for every individual? The police kept quiet about her clients, while they exposed Shweta’s name to the media without a single thought. She became a victim of the paparazzi and social media marketing made it even worse for her.
Do we really have the right to judge her?
We live in a country where we happily watch an adult-star turn actress take Bollywood by storm, and we glorify her. At the same time we despise someone who falls prey to prostitution.
In a recent shocking interview, Shweta revealed that she did not make any statement which was being circulated in the media after her arrest. As soon as she was arrested, there was a buzz on the news and the social media marketing pages about Shweta’s statement which stated, “I have made wrong choices in my career and i was out of money. I had to support my family and some other good causes. All the doors were closed and some people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money. I was helpless and with no option left to choose, i got involved in this act. I’m not the only one who faced this problem and there are several other heroines who have gone through this phase.”
Shweta denied these statements and she said, “No I never made that statement. I was in custody. I wasn’t allowed to speak to my mother and father, then how would I speak to the media? Whoever made up that statement damaged my reputation by saying that all doors were closed on me no such thing has happened and the film industry has always been very warm and welcoming to me and that “people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money.” These are outrageous lies that I never uttered.”
Shweta also spoke about the incident saying, “I hadn’t been called to Hyderabad by any agent for commercial sex. I had gone to there to attend an awards ceremony. Call it fate or whatever; I missed my flight back in the morning. My air ticket and stay were done by the organisers of the awards function. I still have the ticket. I’ve been told that the agent has been arrested. The case is being investigated. I am a victim in the whole situation. There was a raid… I am not denying the incident. But the facts are not what they’ve been made out to be.”
Now safe at home Shweta claims she is not affected by this incident. “I am an actress. And I will always remain one. Right now, I have just returned to the post-production of my documentary on Hindustani classical music. Life has moved forward from exactly from where I left off”.