Actress Mandana Karimi has alleged that her upcoming film Koka Kola's producer Mahendra Dhariwal has sexually harassed her. Yes, the actress who is famous for her roles in films like Bhaag Johnny and Kya Kool Hain Hum has recently spoke to Times of India and said, “I am still in shock about what happened and how it happened. Koka Kola is a film that we have been working on for over a year now, and it’s been one of those jobs that you do despite knowing that the team is not being very professional. We all end up doing a few such jobs to just keep ourselves afloat. From the beginning, I had problems with this crew. The producer (Mahendra Dhariwal) is an old-school man who turns the set into a man-dominated, egoistic place. There are places where projects are driven by one person’s ego. That’s not new, but what happened on November 13 has shaken me up.”
She further added saying, “But the moment I left the set and went to my vanity van to change, he forcefully came inside and started shouting ‘You can’t leave. I asked you to do an extra hour and you have to listen because I am the producer and I have paid you’.”
Meanwhile, denying the allegations Mahendra Dhariwal called Mandana unprofessional and said, “We were shooting for Koka Kola with Sunny Leone and Mandana Karimi before the pandemic hit us. The shoot was halted due to the lockdown. We had signed Mandana for Rs 7 lakhs, but once the shooting began and got into continuity, she started acting up. Like when we were shooting in Delhi and she had to stay back for a day, she demanded Rs 2 lakh to be paid to her. Post-lockdown, when we started planning our shoot again, and we reached out to her for dates, she said she is busy. She demanded a sum of Rs 2 lakh a day for these new dates. She wanted the money to be paid in advance, which I did.”
He said that Mandana left the location while the shoot was still left to be finished. When he tried to stop her she didn't listen and that's when he lost his temper. As per the producer, Mandana filmed him shouting at her but he told her that he wasn't scared of her. Mahendra even said that there were enough people on the sets who witnessed the incident and can prove him right.