Ever since news of Shweta Basu Prasad's arrest in connection with a "high profile sex racket" broke out, the actress has become the subject of intense public scrutiny. However, she has found support from National Award winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta. The maker of City Lights spoke out in support of the actress on his micro-blogging page and even went on to announce plans to cast Shweta in his next film.
"Stop posting pictures of Shweta. Put out the pictures of her wealthy clients and the pimp. Expose the scum bags not the soft target. I intend to offer Shweta Prasad a role in my next film. She was so good in Makdee," posted Hansal Mehta. The filmmaker was unavailable for comment when we tried reaching him to find out details about the movie.
Meanwhile, other film personalities like Vishal Bharadwaj, Karan Johar, Imtiaz Ali, Abhishek Kapoor,Rensil D'Silva, Amole Gupte,Abbas Tyrewala,Shreyas Talpade and other have released a statement in solidarity with the actress, requesting the film industry to "empathise rather than judge or label her".