Rakhi's complaint a publicity stunt: Star Plus
Star Plus rejects charges of manipulation levelled against it by starlet Rakhi Sawant and dismisses them as her publicity stunt.india Updated: Dec 25, 2007 18:27 IST
Television channel Star Plus on Tuesday rejected charges of manipulation levelled against it by starlet Rakhi Sawant and dismissed them as her publicity stunt.
"We really don't know why Rakhi is going hammer and tongs against us. She has not yet established any direct contact with us. She has only been speaking to the media. Hence, we believe that it is a publicity stunt," General Manager, Star Plus, Ketan Adyanath told PTI.
Runners-up in the recently held television reality dance show Nach Baliye, Sawant had sought a probe into "manipulation" of votes casted through SMS, which she said led to her defeat in the show aired on Star Plus.
"For us, the show was over on Saturday night. But it seems she wants to continue the show for gaining more publicity. It is a known fact that these artists make a lot of money through public performances. So more the publicity, better it is for them," Adyanath said.
"Till the time she was in the race, she had no problems when other couples lost. As soon as she lost in the final round, she alleged manipulation against us," he said.
On the allegation of a faulty audience poll system, Adyanath said every time only the losing contestants complain.
"They may feel their hard work got wasted. But it is not just hard work that counts. The audience too has to feel convinced with a contestant's performance," he said.