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Avani Modi: Calendar Girls actor harassed after BMC uses her mobile number in ad

Calendar Girls actor Avani Modi was in for a rude shock when she started receiving hundreds of calls and SMSes after BMC wrongly published her number in an election-related advertisement on Feb 9.

bollywood Updated: Feb 12, 2017 14:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Avani Modi (far right) stared in Madhur Bhandarkar’s 2015 film Calendar Girls.
Avani Modi (far right) stared in Madhur Bhandarkar’s 2015 film Calendar Girls.

Actor Avani Modi, who appeared in the Bollywood film Calendar Girls (2015), had a harrowing time on Thursday, after she received hundreds of text messages and phones calls on election-related queries, reported Mid Day. The actor had to go through a lot of trouble before it came to light that the BMC had mistakenly published her phone number in a poll advertisement, which asked citizens to reach out for queries.

“I don’t know what to do. I’m being harassed. People are calling me continuously,” Mid Day quoted her as saying.

Avani Modi works in Hindi and Gujarati films.
Avani Modi works in Hindi and Gujarati films.

The actor who works in Hindi and Gujarati films, said she couldn’t afford to keep her phone switched off due to professional reasons. “I don’t know who would call me. I could get calls from friends, directors, industry colleagues or relatives. This (the relentless calls and SMSs) is becoming so tough for me,” the actor said.

Avani demanded an apology from Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh, whose signature featured in the said ad. “I demand an apology from the officers responsible (for the advertisement).”

Deshmukh acknowledged that Avani’s number had been mistakenly published, adding that the mistake had been committed by his juniors, Mid Day added.

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First Published: Feb 12, 2017 14:51 IST

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