Jodha Akbar: Paridhi Sharma’s claims of sexual abuse by director Santram Verma false?

Thu, April 24, 2014 1:01pm UTC by 5 Comments
Jodha Akbar: Paridhi Sharma’s claims of sexual abuse by director Santram Verma false?

For long now fingers were pointed at the Jodha Akbar director, but Santram has finally come out in open to tell us his side of story. Read on to find out more…

Paridhi Sharma threatened to walk out of Jodha Akbar and it made headlines. The media circuit was abuzz with reports about Paridhi, who portrays the character of Jodha in Zee TV’s Jodha Akbar, being sexually abused by the show’s director Santram Verma. While everyone pitied Ms Sharma, Verma was facing the heat from fans of the show. But the man behind camera has a different story to say.Verma was not only accused of harassing Paridhi but also Ankita Dubey, who was once a part of Jodha Akbar. Apparently Ankita left the show claiming she was mentally and financially troubled by Santram. However, Mr Verma has now come out in open and says that all these allegations are false and it’s being done to tarnish his clean character.

Talking to a leading daily, Santram said, “All these are just rumors and there’s is no truth to it. I’ve not physically abused Paridhi or anybody in my entire career. Paridhi and I are just professionals and we are here to just do our jobs. We don’t even talk to each other, nor I’ve ever spoken to her on the phone so how can I molest? We have a team who co-ordinates with her for the shoots and all. In fact I don’t even shoot her (Paridhi) scenes as Paridhi was close to the group who walked out of the show. They used to brain wash her as their only aim was to stop the shoot. So I always avoid shooting with her and have always maintained distance from Paridhi as I don’t want any clash.”

About 90 team members from the show’s technical team has walked out of Jodha Akbar accusing Santram of intolerable behaviour. To this the director says that it was one single person, who was responsible for this mass walkout. Apparently, that one individual was not performing up to the expectations so Mr Verma had to ask him to up his ante or he could lose the job. This didn’t go down well with him and he forced everyone to go for a mass walkout as those 90 people were brought by him.

With both parties painting different pictures, we really don’t know whom to believe here. BollywoodLifers, do you think that Paridhi Sharma is being instigated as claimed by Santram?Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • sammy

    i highly doubt that every claim maid against this director is false.ankita even said that he was the reason for her walkout and those crew members walked out because of his behaviour but the director has not given any strong justification for what has been saidn against him which makes me think all the claims against his behaviour are true!

    • Mac

      There is no smoke without fire and the director is covering himself because of the backlash from the fans and the production House will soon have to fire him as Paridhi is too much loved by fans and she is a brilliant actor and the serial rating will drop like a stone without her.

  • Guest

    I agree.. Paridhi is a true professional.. we all know her from her Ruk Jaana Nahin days! I feel the director guy got hold and he is taking advantage of the situation. If he is nt the one shooting Paridhi scenes, then who is shooting?? Are they 2 directors for the show? There is no clarity in what he is saying! :/

  • Judith

    I hope they fire him for someone new, I don’t want Paridhi to quit and working in that kind of environment, with an alleged abuser, would be impossible! I hope something is done about it soon.

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