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Bhayandar dancer accuses Bollywood choreographer Ganesh Acharya of making her watch porn, complains to the NCW

A 33-year-old Bhayandar female dancer has written to the National Commission for Women (NCW) alleging that Bollywood choreographer Ganesh Acharya used to make her watch porn videos whenever she visited his office in Andheri.

In a complaint filed with the Amboli police, the woman, an assistant choreographer and dancer, has alleged that Acharya and two women – Jayshree Kelkar and Preeti Lad — assaulted her during a function. The function was held by the Indian Film and Television Choreographers Association (IFTCA) at Raheja Classic Club, Andheri.

In her letter to the NCW (Mibhatimes.com poses a letter), Divya Kotian, a resident of Hanuman Road in Bhayandar(East), claimed that Ganesh Acharya forced her to watch adult videos whenever she visited his office.

Kotian alleged that Acharya was demanding a cut on every dancer she co-ordinates with Rs. 500 each, from her for working in the film industry. She said that he threatened that if you will not give commission then he will not allow her to work in the industry. Kotian is a member of the IFTCA, whereas Acharya is general secretary.

“After becoming General Secretary, Acharya always call me at Veera Desai Road’s IFTCA office and Mukta Rehearsal Hall,” said Kotian.

“Whenever I reached his office, he always found him watching porn videos. He asked me to join him watching it and said you will enjoy watching it. I lost my temper, scolded him and left the office immediately,” said the Assistance Choreographer.

What Happened on Sunday

On Sunday, when Kotian reached the IFTCA office, Ganesh Acharya shouted at her and announced that she was being “suspended”. Acharya asked his team member, Jayashree Kelkar, to slap me. Kelkar and Preeti Lad hit me in public view which was captured on the CCTV,” said Kotian.

“Actually, I don’t want to highlight the porn wala section. It was quite an old issue but his aides attacked me that’s my concern,” said Divya Poojary Kotian.  

Police have registered a non-cognisable (NC) offence and investigating the case, the official from the Amboli Police said.

The woman has filed an FIR in the matter at Amboli Police Station and with the Maharashtra State Women’s Commission on Monday. Earlier actor Tanushree Dutta has also alleged that Acharya misbehaved with her during the shoot of a movie. Investigation in the matter is currently underway.

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