New Delhi -°C
Today in New Delhi, India

Aug 11, 2020-Tuesday



Select Country
Select city

Bollywood's real 'baddies'

A look at the losers who keep making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 18:16 IST
HT Style
HT Style

Like it or not, publicity for the wrong reasons has its benefits for big names. From Salman Khan to Shakti Kapoor, sudden scandals have had little effect. (In fact, in the case of Shakti Kapoor, the supposed infamy of the casting couch sting operation actually gave his sagging career a facelift.) But for the likes of Hemant Tarzan Birje, most recently in the news for making a nuisance of himself at Abhishek Bachchan’s birthday party, public misbehaviour pulls them out of oblivion only to bury them back deeper.

HT Style takes a look at five of the most inglorious actors who have been at the centre of uncomfortable public glare for reasons ranging from molestation to alleged nepotism at the very highest level.

Aditya Panscholi
The actor got the worst kind of publicity after being accused (later acquitted) of raping actress-anchor Pooja Bedi’s domestic help a few years ago. He appeared on Rajat Sharma’s India TV chat show to explain his position, but his notoriety was rekindled when last August, his neighbour registered a case against Panscholi for allegedly intimidating him following a verbal duel.

Then Panscholi’s name came up when he was mentioned by bar dancer Tarannum —one of the most prosperous of her kind — in a match-fixing probe. He turned to television again to defend himself.

Monica Bedi

Monica Bedi despite starring  opposite Sanjay Dutt in Jodi No.1, she is known best as the wife of don Abu Salem.

Despite starring opposite Sanjay Dutt in

Jodi No.1,

she is known best as the wife of don Abu Salem (though, after his extradition to India, she denied they were married). Staying behind the bar and being disowned by her family got her more headlines than her acting career ever did, but Bedi is not in the mood to meet interviewers. Perhaps, this underworld queen’s life will be adapted for the screen; but that is unlikely to get her out of this morass.



‘Bollywood starlet’ preceded her name for a while after she accused Madhur Bhandarkar of repeated rape and then allegedly employed an aide of Maharashtra legislator Arun Gawli to kill the director of

Page 3

. But it is interesting to note that the only two films featuring this actress (

Deepa Ki Tarannum,

co-star ring Aamir Khan’s youngest brother, Hyder Ali, and BR Ishara’s yet-to-find a-taker


) still have not seen the light of day.

Hemant Birje
After thumping his chest in Tarzan (a film best remembered for Bappi Lahiri’s ‘mujik’ and Kimi Katkar’s wet, transparent dress), Birje made little progress in the industry, but his name popped up in the headlines now and then, usually for incidents that did not exactly cover him in glory. Even before vomiting at Bachchan Jr’s birthday party (after allegedly gatecrashing) and was shown the door by Bunty Walia, he was arrested last December for allegedly trying to molest an actress and her friends at Oshiwara.

Mac Mohan
The man who is probably the most famous villain’s sidekick in Hindi film history (his best moment in cinema came when he blurted out Poore pachaas hazaar atop a hill in Sholay), last made it to the newspapers when it became public that he was actress Raveena Tandon’s uncle and was instrumental in getting her the National Award for Best Actress for Daman. What haunts one long after this controversy is that Mac Mohan was appointed a National Awards judge!

Sign In to continue reading