“Actor Vijay Raaz was arrested from Gondia yesterday"
Bollywood actor Vijay Raaz was arrested on Monday, November 2, 2020, after it was alleged that he molested a female co-star.
The actor and director was later granted bail by a local court.
It was reported that Vijay was arrested at a hotel in Gondia, Maharashtra.
He was accused of molesting a female co-star on the sets of the upcoming film Sherni which was being shot in Madhya Pradesh.
Additional Superintendent of Gondia Atul Kulkarni confirmed the arrest and said:
“Actor Vijay Raaz was arrested from Gondia yesterday, allegedly for molesting a woman crew member. A case has been registered.”
He was reportedly shooting Sherni, which features Vidya Balan in the lead role.
Vijay was taken to Ramnagar Police Station before he was later released on bail.
According to reports, the shooting of the film has now been postponed following his arrest.
Sherni had recently resumed filming after it came to a halt in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Pictures of Vidya from the sets had gone viral.
Vijay Raaz has been in a wide array of films, mainly starring in supporting roles across a versatile spate of Hindi films.
The actor made his debut in 1999 in the film Bhopal Express. However, he gained popularity with his role in the 2001 film Monsoon Wedding, which was directed by Mira Nair.
Vijay also gained massive recognition for his comedic role in the 2004 film Run, which starred Abhishek Bachchan.
He was last seen in the 2020 film Lootcase alongside Kunal Kemmu but his last big hit came in 2019 when he played Aftab Sheikh in Gully Boy.
The actor is soon set to be seen in Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari.
Vijay is also reported to have a pivotal role to play in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Gangubai Kathiawadi, which will have Alia Bhatt in the lead role.
This is not the first time where an actor has been accused of molestation.
Television actor Shahbaz Khan was accused of molesting a teenage girl, however, he was not arrested.
The alleged victim filed a complaint, but the actor denied the claims. He said that the complainant and her friends tried to attack his daughter.
He explained that the girl and 20 other people turned up at his apartment complex and began verbally abusing his daughter.
The girl believed that his daughter had been talking to her boyfriend, which she denied.
A case was not registered, however, a few days later, the girl pushed Shahbaz’s daughter off a moving scooter, causing minor injuries.
This caused Khan to lose his temper and he went to the girl’s house, warning her to stop attacking his daughter.
He stated: “The next thing I know is that a molestation complaint against me has been filed at the Oshiwara police station and that I have touched the girl inappropriately.
“More shocking the police accepted the complaint without any proof whatsoever.”