Mandana Karimi alleges Mahendra Dhariwal misbehaved with her; Koka Kola producer calls her ‘unprofessional’

Former Bigg Boss contestant and model-turned-actress Mandana Karimi has claimed that the producer of her upcoming film Koka Kola, Mahendra Dhariwal, forcefully went inside her vanity van and shouted at her for refusing to stay an extra hour on the sets on November 13.

Speaking to TOI, Mandana said that she has been working on the film for over a year despite knowing that the crew was unprofessional. “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 was quoted as saying in the report.

Narrating what had transpired on the sets on November 13, Mandana said that it was the last day of her shoot and she wanted to wrap up and get going since she had another meeting lined up.

“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.’ He started creating a scene on the set along with his son and calling me names. It’s unsettling how they have behaved with me as an artiste and as a woman,” Mandana said.

She continued, “He started saying, ‘Humne paise diye hain, lekin tumko kaam nahi karna hai, paise bhi poore chahiye, blackmail karti hai.’ After my last take, I went to my vanity van and told my spot boy to not let anyone in while I was changing my clothes. I thought the door was locked, but it wasn’t. In a few seconds, the producer came inside, since I was changing, I requested him to wait outside, but he refused and continued screaming. Luckily, the stylist (Hitendra Kapopara) ran into the vanity and pulled him out before things became uglier.”

Mandana added that a lot of things have happened on the sets but this was absolute misbehaviour. She also said that she was not allowed use the production vehicle. “The only other person who helped me was the choreographer, who lent me his car to go home. I am not the first one to go through this, but I am someone who will not take it lying down. I will not go to that set ever again. I am done with it,” she said.

Meanwhile, the producer, Mahender Dhariwal, has called Mandana unprofessional and alleged that she demanded more money from him for extra days of shoot. “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,” he said adding that Mandana has behaved unprofessionally with them.

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