The world of films has a dark side and every now and then we get to hear about it. Like the Shweta Basu Prasad scandal that broke out in August 2014 when she was accused of being involved in a prostitution racket. It is an incident that raised many eyebrows when it happened but later people stopped thinking about it and moved on. Unfortunately the actress still has the stigma attached to her name otherwise she would have had an even better career in filmdom than the one she has right now.
The Shweta Basu Controversy
Fans and members of society were aghast when Hyderabad Police claimed that they had caught actress Shweta Basu red-handed indulging in prostitution in a famous hotel at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. She was allegedly caught on a Sunday, August 31, 2014, for being involved in what police claimed was a high-profile prostitution racket. Some rich businessmen were also caught by the police for being clients of Shweta Basu Prasad.
An Alleged Admission of Guilt
The actress at that time released a statement to give her side of the story and India Today quoted her as saying “I have made wrong choices in my career, and I was out of money. I had to support my family and some other good causes. All the doors were closed, and some people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money. I was helpless, and with no option left to choose, I got involved in this act. I’m not the only one who faced this problem, and there are several other heroines who have gone through this phase.”
Truth or Gossip?
There had been reports in the media at that time that this was not the first time that Prasad was involved in a sex scandal. She had earlier been caught in a compromising position during a sting operation. However, these reports have not been confirmed and could be mere speculation or gossip. When she was allegedly caught in Hyderabad it was rumored that Balu, an assistant director in Telugu films, demanded Rs. 1 lakh on behalf of Prasad.
She Has Been a Successful Actress
People were shocked when the scandal broke out because by that time Prasad had gained a lot of popularity for her work in films like Makdee, Iqbal and Darna Zaroori Hai in Hindi and several movies in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. Earlier she had achieved fame by acting in popular TV series like Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki and Karishma Ka Karishma. She is so talented that the Hindi film industry forgave her for her alleged illegal activity and welcomed her once again. She has acted in Hindi films like Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota and the surprise hit The Tashkent Files.
A Short Lived Marriage
Just like her professional life has seen its ups and downs Prasad’s personal life too has been rocky. She married filmmaker Rohit Mittal on December 13, 2018, but her marriage did not last for a single year. On December 10, 2019, Prasad announced her separation from her newly acquired husband on Instagram. A round of applause for the ubiquity of social media! People are wondering what will Prasad do next.
Prasad is Multi-Talented
Actually Prasad has alternatives in deciding what she will do next because she is educated and adept in other aspects of films besides acting. She has completed her graduation in mass media and journalism and has written columns for the Indian Express. She has made a documentary film on Indian Classical Music and has also worked as a script consultant at Phantom Films. All this surely makes you wonder why she got involved in these sex scandals.
She Lives to Fight for Another Day
In India once a woman is defamed because of her involvement in sex scandals it is usually the end of the road for her. By making a sort of comeback in Hindi films Prasad has proved her critics wrong. She is a talented actress who has won many awards for her role in Makdee including the National Film Award for Best Child Artist. No longer a child Prasad has to face the full force of society face on and she is all alone. What she does next is a matter of interest for many people in the celebrity obsessed country we live in today!