Madhur Bhandarkar charged in a Rape Case

Madhur Bhandarkar charged in a Rape Case

September 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work) :Madhur Bhandarkar’s stars are against him lately, it seems!

Or, should we say, his heroines – established like Aishwarya and wannabes like Preeti Jain – are against him?

The filmmaker barely had time to overcome the setback that his ambitious project ‘Heroine’ suffered due to Ash’s pregnancy and now he faces trial for rape charges lodged against him by a small time starlet Preeti Jain some seven years back!

A metropolitan magistrate’s court in Andheri on Monday has issued summons to the ‘Fashion’ director for October 18, ruling against Madhur for a charge of rape that was filed by struggling actress Preeti Jain in July 2004.

The court observed that before filing the FIR, Jain had sent a legal notice to Bhandarkar in July 2004, which he chose not to reply to and ignored the first opportunity available to refute the allegations. Thus, a case was made against him.

In response, Madhur, a three-time national award winning filmmaker, stated on his official web page that before threatening him, Preeti Jain, a struggling actress, has used the same tactic on other people related to films and threatened them in the same fashion as well. He further stated: “As the lower court has issued a process against me today, 19th September 2011, for a case which has been going on for 7 years, I would like to state here after reading the judgment that we will challenge this order in higher courts and seek justice.”

Another casting couch story?

Let’s wait and watch -figuratively, that is!

-- Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work