Helen Fonseca, 58, who played ‘Saroj’ in the hit show ‘Udaan’ has accused co-star Sai Ballal of sexually harassing her. Allegedly, Ballal started out by sending the actress sleazy text messages in April and then slowly graduated to sending her pornographic clips.
The actress had alerted the production house but no follow-up action took place. Instead, her role in the show was reduced.
Fonseca then complained to the Cine and TV Artistes Association (CINTAA). On Tuesday, the association, via mail, asked her to go to the police with a complaint as it was a criminal case. Ballal had gained popularity as Bhaiyaji Kamalnarayan Rajvanshi on the show which airs on Colours.
Sai Ballal contacted Fonseca on WhatsApp and sent her obscene videos; even after she warned him, Ballal continued to send her porn clips.
After the woman stopped responding, he allegedly asked her if she liked the clips and asked her to visit his house. According to the police, Ballal then forced her to get into a relationship with him. He was apparently assisted in these acts by two production crew members – Abhishek Agarwal and Bharat Choksi.
The show, based on bonded labor, is produced by Mahesh Bhatt and distributed by Gurudev Bhalla Productions.
“Sai Ballal was at Filmcity when he was taken into custody and placed under arrest,” said Gunaji Sawant, Senior Inspector at Borivali Police Station. Ballal was arrested by the Borivali police and booked under Section 354-A (sexual harassment) and 354-B (assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to disrobe her) along with section 67-A of the IT Act.
Bharat Choksi and Abhishek Agarwal, both members of the production team, were also booked but have not yet been arrested.