While the industry still reels under the shock of Payal Rohatgi's allegations that filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee is party to the casting couch phenomenon, she has invited the ire of Sudhir Mishra too.
Buzz is that the actress has been harassing Mishra with a barrage of irritating messages asking him to stop defending Banerjee and maligning her image. But not one to let anyone intimidate him, Mishra has filed a police complaint against the actress.
Mishra's friend told Mumbai Mirror, "Sudhir got some calls and messages from Payal, after he was vocal about Dibakar's innocence. Since Payal took offence to his support, she started sending messages and calling him up on March 21 and 22. Her messages were quite nasty."
The friend even revealed the content of the texts to the tabloid, "The messages went as follows: A) You don't know what happened between me and Dibakar. I would appreciate if you refrain from your comments, as I also can talk. B) Lay off. C) I don't want to work with you. So don't spoil my image. D) Sorry for my last comments. I am a girl, not a piece of meat. I must have begged 100 times for an audition from you but you didn't listen. But please don't bitch about me as now I won't shut up. E) Now, I hope it's clear.While Mishra was unavailable for comment, Rohatgi confirmed the story, "Yes, I had called and messaged Sudhir when he lent support to Dibakar. The messages you are reading out to me are stored on my mobile and I don't deny them. But did I do any wrong? I was disturbed with the way he and Anurag Kashyap were supporting Dibakar. I even gave an interview in a film glossy talking about them. Thereafter, Sudhir had also apologised to me. Now, Sudhir has again taken up the issue after 12-13 days. Why? Ab kya hai? I think these directors are mad," reports the tabloid.
The actress also went on to deny that Mishra has gone to the police, "You know what - after you sent me a text, I asked Sudhir if he had gone to the police and he denied!"
On the other hand, DCP Zone IX, K M M Prasanna, revealed to the tabloid, "Yes, Sudhir Mishra has given us an application letter, wherein he states that Payal Rohatgi has been sending him intimidating messages. We shall be looking into the matter."
Seems like this war between the starlet and directors is going to take a nastier turn!