Mahesh Bhatt is all set to make his directorial comeback in Bollywood with Sadak 2. But rather than his film, he has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. From being slammed for being nepotistic to Sadak 2‘s trailer becoming one of the most disliked videos on YouTube, he has been facing a lot.
Recently, he was also accused of promoting a modelling firm which has been allegedly exploiting and s*xually abusing girls. Along with Mahesh Bhatt, other celebs like Mouni Roy, Urvashi Rautela, Rannvijay Singha and Prince Narula have also been accused of the same. The National Commission for Women had issued notices to these celebs for promoting the firm named IMG ventures.
Now, Mahesh Bhatt has issued an official statement in his defence. The statement has been shared by Vishesh Films’ official Instagram account. It reads as follows,
“I salute the National Commission for Women for taking up the noble cause of whistle blowing the vulnerability and exploitation of women by few miscreants who bring shame and disgrace to the entire industry.”
Mahesh Bhatt continues, “I appeared before the Hon’ble Commission today in context of the complaint filed by M Yogita Bhayana, Founder of People against Rapes in India against Mr. Sunny Verma, promoter of the company IMG Ventures. I was summoned to appear as my name and images were used by IMG Ventures for promotion of their event Mr. and Miss. Glamour 2020, scheduled to be held in November, 2020.”
“I clarified to the Hon’ble Chairperson that while I was approached to attend this event as a Chief Guest, I had responded that in the current COVID 19 circumstances, I would not attend any event. I could give it a thought closer to November, depending on the circumstances at the relevant time, I have neither entered into an agreement nor received any monetary consideration for the event. Unfortunately, my name and images were picked up from social media and misused in relation to the event without my consent and authority. When I confronted them on this, they have apologized profusely and withdrawn all my images in association with the event.” it further reads.
“I am issuing this statement to make everyone aware that I have no association with IMG Ventures, Sunny Verma and Mr.and Miss. Glamour 2020 and my name and credibility should not be misused for promotion of the event to lure participation of others,” says Mahesh Bhatt in the statement.
“I am 71 years of age and at this age, I believe in sharing knowledge and support social causes. As a father of three girls, I have the highest regard for the cause taken up by Ms. Yogita and the National Commission for Women and express my full cooperation for the crusade.” he concludes.
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