On Thursday (September 4) evening filmmaker Hansal Mehta posted a tweet saying he wants to work with troubled actor Shweta Basu Prasad. Last weekend, Shweta, who won the National Award for her role in Makdee (2002), was arrested from a Hyderabad hotel for her alleged involvement in prostitution racket.
When we contacted the filmmaker (currently in the US), he said, “I’m serious about casting Shweta in my next film. Vishal Bhardwaj is an old friend. So I’d seen Makdee (Vishal’s directorial) in a rough-cut stage, and realised what an incredible actor Shweta is.”
Apart from Makdee, Shweta’s acting was also hailed in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Iqbal (2005).
Talking about the prostitution scandal, Mehta said, “Why is everything just about Shweta, and not about the people who pay for sex? Why aren’t the pictures of the pimp and the other people involved in the racket being printed, and why is everyone just maligning the girl?”
I intend to offer Shweta Prasad a role in my next film. She was so good in Makdee.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 4, 2014
Shweta had said in an earlier statement that she was pushed to prostitution because of financial reasons. Mehta said, as a filmmaker, he feels responsible for her state: “I feel guilty that someone who is so talented as an actor, had to resort to something like this,” he said.