In a startling revelation, Powai resident Jennifer Mistry Bansiwal, famously known as Roshan Kaur Sodhi from the popular sitcom 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah,' has filed a complaint of sexual harassment against producer Asit Kumarr Modi and two crew members. The Mumbai police have launched an investigation into the matter, stirring up a storm in the serene neighbourhood of Powai.
Jennifer's sudden departure from the show after 15 years left fans astounded. However, she later came forward with grave allegations of sexual harassment against Asit Modi, standing firm in her claims despite his denial. A police official has stated that a First Information Report (FIR) will be registered once statements from the individuals named in the complaint, including Powai resident Jennifer Mistry, are recorded.
The courageous Powai resident first reached out to the Powai police via email, sharing her grievances against the producer and crew members regarding the alleged sexual harassment. Subsequently, she formally lodged a written complaint with the police, recounting numerous instances of misconduct spanning several years. The complaint, received on May 8, was submitted through the National Commission for Women (NCW), an organization Jennifer sought out for justice.
Asit Kumarr Modi, the producer of 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah,' vehemently refutes the allegations, dismissing them as baseless. Modi asserted, "This is just a fake and baseless allegation, and it holds no truth. She is trying to tarnish my image. I am not making excuses or covering up. Everyone knows my true nature. We terminated her from the show. My director and the team asked her to leave. We have all the evidence and documents to support our side, and my production will provide them soon." These claims have left the Powai community and the show's avid viewers in a state of shock.
Jennifer Mistry Bansiwal, known for her exceptional portrayal of Roshan Kaur Sodhi in 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah,' has not only accused Asit Kumarr Modi of sexual harassment but has also taken to social media to convey a strong message. Despite her silence in the past, she now bravely speaks out about the abuse she allegedly endured, standing tall as a representative of Powai's resolute spirit.
In a recent video shared on her Instagram account, Jennifer powerfully expressed her message through a poignant couplet: "Don't mistake my silence for weakness. I chose to remain silent because it was my way. Only God knows the truth. Remember, there is no difference between you and me in His eyes."
Jennifer Mistry Bansiwal confirmed her departure from the show and shed light on the reasons behind it in an interview with our Powai-based news organization. She disclosed, "Yes, I've left the show. I shot my last episode of 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' on March 6 this year. I had to leave the sets because I faced humiliation and insult at the hands of Sohil Ramani and the other executive producer, Jatin Bajaj.
Detailing a specific incident, she further explained, "The incident occurred on March 7, which was my marriage anniversary and Holi. I had informed them that I wanted a half-day off since my daughter awaited Holi celebrations. Sohil Ramani asked me to leave the sets four times, and the executive producer attempted to block my car and prevent me from leaving. I told them that I had worked on the show for 15 years, and they couldn't forcefully stop me. As I was leaving, Sohil threatened me. I have filed a case of sexual harassment against Asit Kumarr Modi, Sohil Ramani, and Jatin Bajaj."
Jennifer Mistry's allegations of sexual harassment against Asit Kumarr Modi and two crew members from the beloved TV show 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' have sent shockwaves through the tranquil neighbourhood of Powai. As the investigation unfolds, the Powai community stands in solidarity with Jennifer, hoping for a just resolution to this distressing incident.