Actor Mandana Karimi has claimed that on the last day of the shoot of her upcoming film, Koka Kola, the producer of the film, Mahendra Dhariwal, misbehaved with her. The producer, in turn, accused her of showing unprofessional behaviour.
However, producer Mahendra Dhariwal has categorically ruled out any such incident. Mandana Karimi said about shooting for her upcoming film ‘Coca Cola’ that I can not forget that day even today. Making serious allegations on producer Mahendra Dhariwal, Mandana said that he is a man of old thinking. The way he worked on the set reflected his malevolent thinking.
Mandana said that I had arrived ahead of time on the set of shooting a day before Diwali. I was to leave early in the evening. A song from the film was to be shot, in which I had no role. Despite this, he was telling me to stay for that extra time. I went to change the clothes in my vanity as soon as evening and they too forcibly entered in van.
Producer Mahendra shared his own version of the story. He was quoted in the same copy as saying: “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 then went on to explain how the day unfolded. He said that the shooting schedule was from 9 am to 9 pm. The production team had created a set to shoot a song. At 7 pm, she said she had to leave. He then requested her to wait an hour extra as the song had to completed on that particular day. At 8 pm, she got up to leave when there were still a few shots to be canned. He said he ran after her to stop her. He told her that he would have to incur a loss if he had to shoot next day again. But she wasn’t willing to stay back, and it was only then that he lost his cool as she began to pack up. Mandana later began to make videos of him screaming but he told her that he was not scared. He entered the vanity van for about 10-15 seconds after she entered, and did so after knocking. He claimed it was she who asked him to enter. He added how there were many people on the sets and how they would vouch for what he had said. Koka Kola also stars Sunny Leone.