Actress Flora Saini’s name was mentioned by a Hindi news channel on Saturday along with a WhatsApp chat record they splashed on screen between Raj Kundra and Umesh Kamat in the ongoing porn racket case. In the chat, the two are seen discussing if they could rope in Flora for a song in a film on ‘Bollyfame’ (another app that Kundra and his associates were reportedly planning to launch) and even for a probable role. Flora released a video soon after the channel aired their story and clarified that she had no involvement with the two whatsoever and they discussing probable casting for their upcoming projects had nothing to do with her. Her name being dragged into the controversy without any confirmation compelled her to release a video to speak about the same.
In a chat with Bombay Times on Sunday, Flora set the record straight. She revealed, “I have never interacted with Raj Kundra. This is why I spoke up. Had I kept quiet, people would have assumed I had something to hide. If two people discuss my name in a chat that doesn’t mean I am aware or involved with what was being discussed. I am sure other names were also mentioned, perhaps of actresses who have done bold scenes. But since I am not from a film family, it’s considered okay to drag my name without even checking with me. Do these people understand the gravity of dragging a woman’s name in a porn scandal?”
She added, “I have done one web series called Gandii Baat that was risqué or bold per se. People conveniently forget my other work like Stree, Begum Jaan and Laxmii. So dragging me into this controversy has nothing to do with my screen image.”
Asked if she was approached by Kundra directly or his company, she said, “No, casting waale aapko kabhi kabhi phone karte hai. It is they who will call you and say, aisi web series ban rahi hai for HotShots app, would you be interested? And I said no to that as well. I don’t work for new platforms as they make a certain kind of content and often the budgets are low. I am not desperate for work. I have worked in the South film industry for long enough. I did Gandii Baat because that was a challenge for me. I was a fat kid, so this was pushing the envelope for me. I have not done any bold series after that. Every actor has pushed their limits. To say, yeh ladki aise hi kaam karti hai, yeh bolna galat hai. The case deals with porn and by dragging my name into it, you are insinuating that I could be involved in it. This is a violation of my rights. Because I am not from a film family, they thought it was fine to drag my name in this. I don’t want publicity of this kind!”