Actress Shweta Basu, 24, who was held in prostitution ring case and sent to a rescue home in Hyderabad for six mnths, was released as her mother moved the Nampally sessions court that gave the order. She is likely to return to Mumbai.
Shweta Basu, known for her typical accdent “Ekka..diki”, was arrested last month by the Hyderabad police on charges of prostitution after raiding a five-star hotel in Banjara Hills.
While the actress issued a statement soon after her arrest saying:”I have made wrong choices in my career, and I was out of money. I had to support my family and some other good causes. All the doors were closed, and some people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money. I was helpless, and with no option left to choose, I got involved in this act. I’m not the only one who faced this problem, and there are several other heroines who have gone through this phase.”
Her straight-forward approach to the film industry, which is beset with scandal, sleaze and prostitution, attracted strong support from Mumbai tinsel world. Her on-screen mother Sakshi Tanwar in TV serial “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii” in an open letter, has shown sympathy to her.
Bolywood actress Deepika Padukone too came out strongly in her support. “It’s sad, but if that’s the only way she could run her family, I don’t think there’s anything wrong. Instead of making this a scandal, why are we not helping her? We should, in fact, talk about the people who have hired her. Not look down on her” said Deepika, known for for her open non-challant attitude to face criticism.
Basu acted as a child star in ‘Makdee’ in 2002 that won her a National Award and she later went on to act in several TV serials, before entering the Telugu film industry where she acted in more than five films.
Her 2008 debut film ‘Kotha Bangaru Lokam’ could not replicate the same success in her other films “Kasko”, “Kalavar King”, “Priyudu” and “Nuvvekaddunte Nenakkadunta”.
Born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand in 1991 to Sarmishta Basu from West Bengal and Anuj Prasad from Bihar, Shweta studied commerce in the R. N. Podar High School, Santa-Cruz, Mumbai and entered the film world retaining her mother’s maiden name Basu.
When she was booked under prostitution, Shweta Basu openly admitted that prostitution among movie actresses is far more common and rattled the tinsel world in India that keeps it under wraps often. The actress was lodged in a rehabilitation center in Hyderabad but was released today following Nampally seesions court order.
Shweta mustered more moral support from women on the social media and Bollywood film-maker Hansal Mehta said he would offer her a role in his next film.