Ground Report | New Delhi: Adult FilmPlatform of Shilpa Shetty’s husband; The Crime Branch of Mumbai Police has arrested Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra for making adult films and releasing them on the app. Raj Kundra has a long history of controversies.
Raj Kundra is a British-Indian businessman, although he is Indian by origin he has got UK citizenship. Raj grew up in London, UK, and was interested in business from an early age.
Mumbai Police has claimed to have closed more than 15 such applications. Police say that these applications were inspired by an app called ‘Hotshots’, which was earlier allegedly owned by actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra. His former manager Umesh Kamat has also been arrested by the Crime Branch in this case.
Posters of Hot Shots web series with which Raj Kundra was allegedly associated
Adult Film Platform of Shilpa Shetty’s husband
According to the report of The Qunit, in December 2020, when the Maharashtra Cyber Crime Department sent a notice to big apps like Alt Balaji for showing explicit content. The Maharashtra Cyber Police Department had registered a case against streaming service Alt Balaji and several production houses, directors, and actors for allegedly airing obscene material.
The police invoked sections of the Indian Penal Code, the IT Act, and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act in the FIR against 13 streaming services of the time. When the investigation was halted for a while due to the pandemic, several other OTT platforms came to the fore.
A small-time model turned producer and her husband were the brains behind this ‘Adult OTT’ business model, both of whom were already part of the showbiz industry.
The modus operandi application was available on the Play Store and one could get it for a monthly subscription of Rs 199. They will spend Rs 1 lakh on a 30-minute episode and around Rs 4-5 lakh per episode. They used to upload at least two to three videos in a week. With a subscription of Rs 199, HotHit soon garnered millions of subscribers.
Crime Branch Mumbai
Mumbai CP said in a press statement, “In February 2021, a case was registered in Crime Branch Mumbai regarding production of obscene films and publishing them through certain apps. We have booked Mr. Raj Kundra in this case on 19/7 /21. As he appears to be the main conspirator. We have sufficient evidence in this regard.
According to Crime Branch, Raj Kundra is a relative of Pradeep Bakshi, who lives in Britain. He also has a UK-based company named Kenrin Production House. Pradeep Bakshi is also a business partner of Raj Kundra apart from being his relative and chairman of this company.
The explosive WhatsApp chat between Kundra and Bakshi reveals how money was transacted and huge money was made through adult material. This is a group chat on WhatsApp in which other names are also included in the conversation.