Mumbai, Nov 26: Keeping his promise of offering a role to actor Shweta Basu Prasad, who was arrested in September this year for her alleged involvement in a sex racket, national award-winning film-maker Hansal Mehta has decided to cast the Makdee (2002) actor in a documentary.
Mehta reportedly said: “We spoke over the phone. I called her and we met in my office as well. We spoke for a long time, and I have offered her a role in a documentary which will be based on Hindustani classical music.”
It may be noted that several Bollywood directors including Mehta had pledged to support her after she was quoted as saying that she was pushed into prostitution because of lack of work.
Mehta has reportedly stated that he did not offer Shweta the role out of sympathy, but because she is a talented actor.
He was quoted as saying: “Even I agree that no one should offer her a role out of sympathy. My intention was never that. We all know that she is talented and it was a no-brainer to cast her in the project.”
The arrest of Shweta Basu Prasad, once a household name as a child artiste in Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki’, in connection with a high profile prostitution racket has shocked many people.
However, following the support from the film fraternity, the 23-year-old actor clarified that she had enough work, and didn’t want anyone to offer her roles out of pity.
Earlier in an interview, she was quoted as saying: “I don’t want roles for sympathy. If the role suits me, I will act in the film. I am re-inventing myself, and will be back to normal soon.”