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“If Sunny Leone is walking scot-free today on India it is only because she had worked abroad as a nude model and not here in India” GEHNA VASHIST

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In a free and frank interview, GEHNA VASHIST tells JYOTHI VENKATESH in this What’s App video that Raj Kundra’s films cannot be called porn, because there is a lot of difference between pornography and erotica. Read on!

What is your view on the arrest of Raj Kundra?

Raj Kundra is really innocent and I think he has just been framed under the same pornographic charges like I had been in the month of February this year.

Do you think Raj Kundra has committed a grave crime while others like Ekta Kapoor of ALT Balaji and Vibhu Aggrwal of Ullu have been left scot free?

There is a hell of a lot of difference, what you say in Hindi zameen aasmaan ka farak between erotic and pornographic stuff, between what you get to see in Ekta Kapoor’s App ALT Balaji and Vibhu Aggarwal’s OTT Ullu or for that matter Netflix or Amazon.

Erotica is what you get to see in certified films like those of Raj Kapoor or Maya Memsaab of Ketan Mehta. They are not at all porn. How can you call Raj Kundra’s films as pornographic?

Can you elucidate?

They are just erotica or bold. If you do not say that films streaming on Netflix or Ullu or Alt Balaji are pornographic, how can you call what Raj has uploaded on his App as pornographic?

Raj Kundra or I are not involved in pornography at all. We all know what pornography is as we are all above the age of 18.

None of the films shown on Hotshot can be bracketed under the category of pornography.

Poonam Pandey and Sherlyn Chopra have been reportedly paid up to 30 lakhs per video for shooting erotica!

It is a joke. Come on. 30 lakhs is not a small amount by any stretch. Who would pay these girls who claim on social media like Instagram, Twitter etc up to 30 lakhs per video when anyone can easily pay just Rs 99 and watch such stuff for the whole month on any such App?

What are the lessons that you have learnt after you were arrested?

I learnt that anyone can be trapped here. Any girl can easily be falsely trapped in a rape case by another girl too.

It does not even matter if you have the necessary proof to contradict the claims of those who accuse you, because in any case, it is easy to throw you as an under trial in jail after trapping you though Under section No 292 and 293, you are bailable for Rs 15,000 and section 376 cannot be applied on a girl like me, since I have not indulged in pornography.

Additional sections are straddled on to you to make it difficult for you to get released, like 354, 292, 293 and 420.

You have also been charged with the allegation that you shot pornography!

I shot two songs. It was not pornography. It is a lie that a girl was raped on the sets. An injured girl on the sets was admitted into the hospital for treatment where the doctors attending on her have certified that she was not raped. She was also paid her dues. I did not shoot pornography and I have also paid all my dues.

Why do you think Sunny Leone is walking free when she also had started her career as a porn model?

If Sunny Leone is walking scot-free today in India, it is only because she had worked abroad as a nude model and not here in India. I do not think I have any right to comment anything about Sunny Leone.

Finally, what remedial measures do you suggest to the government?

All I can say that in future, make proper Censorship guidelines like they exist on TV and draw some lines between erotica and pornography and tell people exactly what they can and what they cannot shoot under the law.