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Actress Shweta Basu Prasad, who was recently caught in a prostitution racket, may land a role in a film directed by Hansal Mehta. Besides confirming the news about casting her for his next directorial venture, the ace filmmaker has urged the authorities to expose the clients of the National Award winning performer.
Hansal Mehta, who is known for his films like Anjaan, Raakh, Shahid and City Lights, took to his Twitter page on September 4 and wrote, "Stop posting pictures of Shweta. Put out the pictures of her wealthy clients and the pimp. Expose the sc****gs, not the soft target." Meanwhile, he added, "I intend to offer Shweta Prasad a role in my next film. She was so good in Makdee."
Shweta Basu Prasad, 23, was arrested in Hyderabad on August 31. She has revealed that she took to the sex trade as she was running out of money. She is currently lodged in a state-run rescue home. The actress was also seen in Bollywood movie Iqbal, Telugu film Kotha Bangaru Lokam and TV show Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki and she bagged the national award for best child artist for Makdee in 2002.
Several actors have come forward to speak up for Shweta. Aditi Rao Hydari tweeted, "A girl is in the news and in prison for prostitution, why not her high profile clients? We are so damn sexist... #Pathetic." Upen Patel, "Breaks my heart about Shweta Prasad. Remember meeting her when she was a little girl in Iqbal .. Great actress..I'm know she will bounce bck (sic)."