Actress Mandana Karimi and producer Mahendra Dhariwal has involved in combat. While, Koka Kola, producer, in turn, accused her of showing unprofessional behaviour.
Mandana who is known for films like Kya Kool Hain Hum and Bhaag Johnny has often spoken about staying alone in Mumbai, and how she does not have a godfather in the industry.
According to a report, the incident happened a day before Diwali, when the shoot of Koka Kola was nearly done.
Mandana was quoted as saying: “I am still in shock about what happened and how it happened. Koka Kola is a film that we have been working on for over a year now, and it’s been one of those jobs that you do despite knowing that the team is not being very professional. We all end up doing a few such jobs to just keep ourselves afloat. From the beginning, I had problems with this crew. The producer (Mahendra Dhariwal) is an old-school man who turns the set into a man-dominated, egoistic place. There are places where projects are driven by one person’s ego. That’s not new, but what happened on November 13 has shaken me up.”
She also went on saying how on the last day of the shoot, she wanted to wrap up her bit and leave as she had another meeting lined up. She also mentioned that she came early and clocked in the necessary hours that day. Around the time of the wrap-up, the producer asked her to stay an extra hour to which she refused as she had a meeting. Everything was normal, he agreed and she went back and finished a few last takes.
They were shooting a song. “But the moment I left the set and went to my vanity van to change, he forcefully came inside and started shouting ‘You can’t leave. I asked you to do an extra hour and you have to listen because I am the producer and I have paid you’.”
However, on the other hand, producer Mahendra shared his own version of the story. He was quoted as saying “Mahendra Dhariwal, he said, “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. On the last day, the shift was from 9 am to 9 pm. We had a set created and a song was being shot. At 7 pm, she said she has to leave. I requested her that we have to complete this today and I asked if she could wait for an hour more. She said okay and went back on set. At 8 pm, she got a call and she went into her vanity van. I ran after her to stop her from leaving because we still had a few shots left. I told her I would run into a loss as I will have to shoot the next day again. She wasn’t willing to stay back, and that is when I gave her an earful because she started packing up. Mandana started making videos of me screaming; I told her I am not scared. I entered the vanity van in about 10-15 seconds after she entered, and I knocked before entering. She asked me to step in. Public khadi thi bahar, and I was standing on the steps of the van. I requested for an additional 15 minutes, but I lost my cool when she started acting up. Later, she came back on the shooting floor and started making my videos. There were hundreds of people on the sets who can vouch for what I am saying. Prince, director-choreographer Ahmed Khan’s associate, who was choreographing, will tell you. In one-and-a-half years, for a contract of Rs 7 lakhs, she has taken Rs 17 lakhs, cash transactions included. I am okay with spending the money, but she has behaved unprofessionally with us.”