Popular Indian television series “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasma” (TMKOC) has once again found itself mired in controversy after one of its actors accused the show’s producer of sexual harassment. Jennifer Mistry Bansiwal, known for her role as Mrs. Roshan Singh in the show, has accused the producer, Asit Modi, of making sexual advances towards her on multiple occasions.
In an interview with Etimes TV, Bansiwal revealed that she had initially ignored Modi’s inappropriate behavior out of fear of losing work, but had finally decided to speak out. She also alleged that the project head, Sohai Ramani, and executive producer, Jatin Bajaj, had humiliated her on set.
Bansiwal has filed an official case against the three accused individuals. She further claimed that the sets of the show were a “male-chauvinistic place,” with leaves being easily adjusted for male actors, while female cast and crew did not have the same luxury. She added that even after working on the show for 15 years, her leaves were denied, and she was once forced to work by the makers by stopping her car and closing the gate of the sets.
These allegations by Bansiwal are the latest in a series of contentious claims and cases against the makers of the show. Earlier this year, Shailesh Lodha, who played the titular character of Taarak Mehta, left the show due to issues with the payment. The actor had a rift with Asit Modi, the maker of the show, before he departed.