Zee TV's show Aisi Deewangi Dekhi Nahi Kahi went off air after the leads Jyoti Sharma and Pranav Misshra quit the show alleging physical and mental harassment from the producers, Jatin Sethi and Aastha Naad, which includes 18 hours of work almost on a daily basis. They left the show and it shut shop soon after. Later, the producers filed a defamation suit against them and the Crime Branch issued summons against the actors. As per a report in Bombay Times, the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) has responded to the complaint filed by Jyoti against the producers. They have written to the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra and Commissioner of Police to look into the complaints and take action in eight weeks. In a statement to the paper, lawyer Suvigya Vidyarthi, who is representing the actors and CINTAA, said, “We had written to the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra and the Commissioner of Police against the irregularities and the inhuman treatment meted out to Jyoti and Pranav on the set of the show. Later, we approached the NHRC and they have issued directions to these authorities to take action within eight weeks and inform the complainant of the same. The two young actors have been harassed. We have approached the right authorities and are happy that they have taken cognisance of the matter. We will make sure that justice prevails and this becomes a precedent for the industry at large.”
Sushant Singh, General Secretary, CINTAA, told the newspaper, "The NHRC order is a huge step for us as probably for the first time, the commission has taken cognisance of the pitiable conditions a Hindi television artiste works in. Although this order concerns the lead actress of one particular show, we all know that these conditions are not an exception. Not just the artistes, but the whole crew that works in inhuman conditions. The system needs to change and be regulated and this NHRC order shall become the foundation for the big fight." It is not unusual for actors to work in hopeless conditions though very few complain about it.
Producer Aastha R Naad defended her stance by telling the paper, "Ironically, Jyoti and Pranav violated human rights by dishonouring the legal agreement and further breaching it by defaming us. They criminally conspired and blackmailed us, which led to the shutdown of the show and 100 fellow show members losing work. They blamed us for inhuman treatment, even though they were provided separate vanity vans and all other luxuries, including a mini health club. Now, they seem to rest their belief in the law by approaching NHRC, but surprisingly, they never showed up whenever any Indian constitutional agency called them to hear their side. They did not even attend any of the meetings held by Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA). We have raised our complaint to the agencies and we believe justice will be served."
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