The arrest of Businessman Raj Kundra in connection with making and distributing pornographic films has propelled many models and actors to come out and talk about their personal experiences of exploitation. After Poonam Pandey and Sherlyn Chopra, actor Shruti Gera has now revealed she was also approached by casting directors in 2018 for a web series produced by Kundra. However, she refused the offer.

“I don’t remember exactly which casting director mentioned it to me but at least a few did. One mentioned they could introduce me to Raj Kundra, another said this guy intends to start a production house and he is coming in the web space in a big way. I said no to it immediately. But I am more grateful that I kept myself safe. We all thought that he is some big shot but turns out he is a person who does porn films,” she told Hindustan Times in an interview.

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Gera also feels that one shouldn’t blame new actors and models.

“Imagine someone like me who has done several hundreds of TV commercials with the biggest brands out there and a casting guy has the audacity to approach someone like me. When the news came out, I felt like someone punched in the stomach that how dare someone think that I would be open to do such a thing,” she adds.

The actor has starred in the film ‘Toss: A Flip of Destiny’ that was released in 2009. After the film, she took a sabbatical from acting around 2018 and founded a skincare company.

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“I realised that a lot goes on here in the industry. Young female actors are drugged, their compromising videos are shot and through that people blackmail them and pimp them out. It is very common. Even young male actors face this.

“They do a lot of things, they honey trap and they make you vulnerable… I have walked out of projects when I realised that the makers had ill intentions. But it is always not that easy. They also put cameras in your room and shoot something and then blackmail you with it and force an actor to do something that they don’t want to,” she said.