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Home / Bollywood / Mumbai resident faces a barrage of abuse as he is mistaken for Rhea Chakraborty, blocks 150 callers: report

Mumbai resident faces a barrage of abuse as he is mistaken for Rhea Chakraborty, blocks 150 callers: report

A Mumbai resident was the recipient of abusive calls after many mistook his mobile number to be that of actor Rhea Chakraborty’s.

bollywood Updated: Aug 12, 2020 18:07 IST
HT Entertainment Desk
HT Entertainment Desk
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh has filed an FIR against Rhea Chakraborty in Patna.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh has filed an FIR against Rhea Chakraborty in Patna.

A Mumbai resident, working for an educational institution, had to block as many as 150 callers to protect himself from abuses as his phone number is quite identical to that of actor Rhea Chakraborty.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea has been in the eye of a storm after the late actor’s father KK Singh filed an FIR in Patna, accusing her of abetment to suicide and cheating among other charges.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Sagar Surve’s mobile number differs from that of Rhea’s by just one digit. He is being harassed and abused for close to a week, and has blocked as many as 150 callers. He had to finally switch off his phone.

Surve reportedly didn’t pay much heed to a caller who asked “for Rhea” and dismissed it as a “wrong number”. It never occurred to him that the caller was asking for Rhea, the Bollywood actor. Soon, the frequency of callers increased and in no time, the calls turned abusive. He was quoted in the report as saying, “I started receiving messages, voice calls and video calls on WhatsApp. People asked me to send them a photograph of myself when I told them that they were mistaken. I tried to ignore the calls but it only worsened over the next three days.”

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The report adds that Surve realised what was happening only after his cousin pointed out that a TV channel had flashed Rhea’s mobile number when it showed Sushant’s call records. He also mentioned that Surve’s mobile number differed from Rhea’s by just a single digit. That’s when Surve realised the enormity of his problem.

Meanwhile, Rhea Chakraborty told Supreme Court on Tuesday that there appears to be considerable amount of state interference, influence and therefore an apprehension of bias in the probe conducted by Bihar Police. She added that the FIR lodged against her in Sushant’s death case in the state has no connection with any offence in Patna.

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