Behind the glitter and glamour of the silver screen, there lies an entirely different side to Bollywood, one that has darkness and deep secrets, sleaze, casting couches and sex scandals. Here is a look at five major Bollywood sex scams that embroiled celebrities in a way that it became the most-talked about topic in the country:
The Most Popular Shiney Ahuja Rape Case
Who can forget the prolonged rape trial of the upcoming Bollywood star Shiney Ahuja in 2010 whose acting prowess was earning him a good reputation and then suddenly it all evaporated with rape charges. This is perhaps one of the most notorious sex scandals that happened in Bollywood when Shiney’s maid accused him of rape whilst the star’s wife was out of town. The case took a couple of twists and turns with different facts and evidence that left the case largely undecided. Shiney did initially confess that he had consensual sex with the maid, however, as the trial proceeded, he finally admitted to having raped her. It was finally medically confirmed through DNA matching that she had been raped by Shiney. One single moment of brashness and uncontrolled passion caused irreparable damage to Shiney’s career.
The Sensational Audio Sex Tape Scandal Involving Bipasha Basu and Amar Singh
This was perhaps the most scandalous audio sex tape that was realized between an old politician and a sexy Bollywood actress. The explicitly sexual banter between the two of them in the audio tapes came across as a shock, revealing the strong nexus between Bollywood and politics.
The Infamous Sting Operation that Caught Shakti Kapoor on the Wrong Foot
This sting operation was led by a top media house that exposed the famous villain of Bollywood playing a negative role in real life as well. He was recorded as trying to make sexual advances to a wannabe actress by bragging and taking names of popular Indian actresses and promising her a role in Bollywood. He was openly asking her to make love to him so that he could exchange the favour by helping her find a standing in the film industry.
The Casting Couch Sting Operation on Aman Verma
Another high level sting operation that exposed the dirty secrets of the silverscreen was conducted on Aman Verma, who was videotaped as trying to take advantage of the casting couch. This whole incident was aired on India TV. However, Aman Verma reciprocated by suing Rajat Sharma India TV CEO as well as the journalist and programme manager who conduted the sting operation on the complaint that the channel was playing tricks and were extorting money from him and blackmailing him.
The Lingering Madhur Bhandarkar and Preeti Jain Sex Saga
In 2004, Madhur Bhandarkar, a popular film director was accused of criminal intimidation and rape charged by a starling Preeti Jain. Jain stated that she was sexually involved with Bhandarkar during 2000-2003 and during this time she was promised a big role in his movie and as well as marriage. However, nothing happened. In 2010, Preeti Jain was arrested as it was later discovered that she had conspired to get Bhandarkar murdered by having paid a gangster Rs. 75,000 to get the job done.