Jennifer Mistry Bansiwal recently said that she quit Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah in March and alleged that producer Asit Modi sexually harassed her. Now, the actor has lashed out against his co-star Mandar Chandwadkar who plays Atmaram Tukaram Bhide in the show. He slammed him for supporting Asit Modi and also explained why he was doing so. Read also: Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s Jennifer Mistry has accused Asit Modi of sexual harassment
Jennifer played the role of Roshan Sodhi’s wife Anjali in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. She had recently alleged that there were several incidents when producer Asit Modi tried to flirt with her and ‘had sex’. She has now spoken about one of her co-stars supporting Asit and said that she cannot care for him.
“He (Mandar Chandwadkar) is also a man. What will he say when he himself is male? He will do what Asit Kumar Modi tells him. Anything. The co-star who called me yesterday also abused Mandar for 45 minutes. ‘S*** how did it turn around’. I told him, ‘I don’t care’. Let him do what he wants to do. It doesn’t matter to me. Everyone knows why he is with Asit Kumar Modi. He only works according to Asit Kumar Modi,” Jennifer Mistry said in an interview with News18’s Shosha.
When asked if any of her other co-stars have contacted her following the allegations against Asit Modi, Jennifer said, “Some of them (her other co-stars) called a few days back. When I Told them that I had filed a complaint and they were stunned. ‘Arre kya hai’, ‘Aisa mat karo’, ‘Itne logo ka pet chalta hai’. I told them that I am not doing anything. Not interested in going off-air. 200 people work there. Whatever is happening is happening because of the producer’s action. One of my co-stars contacted me yesterday (May 11). Don’t want to be named. His brain parts were shaken. I talked to him for 1.5 hours. He kept telling me again and again that I did the right thing.”
Earlier, responding to the allegations leveled by Jennifer, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah project head Sohil Ramani had spoken to Hindustan Times and said that the production house had terminated Jennifer’s contract three months back. “She has been working with us for 15 years, shooting has its ups and downs. We have ignored his qualities like creating rift among others, coming two hours late for shoots, creating misunderstandings. We have a lot of evidence against him,” he said.