Bollywood actor Vijay Raaz was arrested for allegedly molesting a crew member while shooting in Gondia, Maharashtra, and has subsequently been granted bail.
According to reports, Atul Kulkarni, Additional Superintendent of Police, Gondia, Maharashtra said: “The woman came to us with the complaint, saying she was molested by Vijay Raaz in a hotel where the film crew is staying. Based on her complaint, we lodged an FIR and arrested Raaz the next morning. A local court later granted him conditional bail.”
“The court has said he has to appear before the investigation officer whenever needed,” Kulkarni added.
He further said: “We collected evidence of the incident and then proceeded to arrest Raaz. There are eye-witnesses from the crew who have spoken to us about the accusation being true.”
The alleged incident reportedly took place on the set of Vidya Balan’s upcoming film Sherni. The film is being shot in the jungles of Balaghat, about 40 km away in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh and is based on the story of Pandharkawda ‘problem tigress’ T1, nicknamed Avni, which was shot dead on November 2, 2018. Balan is playing the role of the divisional forest officer who had handled the operation to catch Avni. She was also in Gondia for the film shoot.
Raaz, 57, is primarily popular for his comic roles, notably the marigold-chewing wedding planner PK Dubey in Mira Nair’s 2001 release, Monsoon Wedding. His other hit performances have come in films such as Run, Dhamaal, Gully Boy and Welcome. Raaz was also part of Amazon Prime’s superhit web series Made in Heaven. He was last seen in Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana’s Gulabo Sitabo and Lootcase.