After going through a traumatic experience while promoting ‘Aksar 2’, Zareen Khan is now speaking out against the makers of the film.
In response to the recent reports of Khan being nearly molested at a promotional event of ‘Aksar 2’ due to lack of security, the producers of the film accused her of being unprofessional. According to their statement, “Zareen Khan and her team approved the entire tour schedule provided to them two days before the departure. She backed out of all her commitments leaving aside the press conference and a sponsor visit. She did not even complete a day of promotions, which troubled the makers to a point where they had to compensate a huge amount of money and were harassed and threatened till the wee hours of the morning. The bit about her almost getting molested, is absolutely untrue, as she left the venue throwing tantrums arguing with the sponsors as she did not want to stay or eat there. She left with four bodyguards and her manager in tow. She sat in the sponsor’s car who she had shouted on and had an argument with. The sponsor withheld the key of the car, but the makers arranged for another car and sent her and her team to the hotel safely, after which she left for Mumbai without informing the makers. This is not the first time that Zareen has troubled the filmmakers. She has put them in a fix many a times and made them suffer losses.”
Khan, in an interview with Spotboye, responded to the accusations, saying that “These producers have gone out of their way and over-committed to sponsors on my behalf without even my knowledge. How am I supposed to know and how is it my fault if I don’t want to fulfill something because it’s never been conveyed to me?”, adding that the team had no consideration for her safety. “Nobody came down to see me off till the car, and while I was on my way down they tried to stop me. When I reached the car I was supposed to travel in, I realized that they had frisked the keys before I got into it. The security was minimal and the crowd came very close to me on the road. Now who says that I was molested as their messages read? I was on the verge of being molested. I could have been molested. Somehow I told the security guards to give me their car to reach the hotel. And mind you, the security was hardly any.”
She also claimed that the makers intentionally did not invite her to the screening of ‘Aksar 2’, since the final cut of the film is an erotic thriller when she was promised a clean film during making.