Actor Madhur Mittal, who played the role of Salim in Slumdog Millionaire, has been accused of sexually assaulting and battering his former girlfriend on February 13 at her Mumbai residence. An FIR under sections 354, 354A, 354B, 509, 323 of the IPC was filed against Mittal on February 23 at the Khar Police station.
Mittal, who has been shooting in Jaipur, said that the case is hampering his work. He told Bombay Times, “Getting to learn about things which are untrue is extremely disturbing. There have been WhatsApp messages filled with stories that are assassinating my character. These are being forwarded for weeks in casting directors’ groups denying me work. I’m the only earning member of my family since the age of seven and all these reports in the media are affecting me, my family and my career in more ways than you can imagine.”
A source close to the accuser said that they had common friends, after which he added her on social media. They got close and the actor asked her out. “They were seeing each other for two months. They parted ways and Madhur couldn’t deal with the breakup. He was shooting in Jaipur. Livid, he landed in Mumbai and entered her Bandra residence on February 13th. Unable to take rejection, he tried to force himself on her. He tried to see her again on the 15th, but the girl’s lawyer Niranjani Shetty asked him to leave the premises, and he complied.”
Shetty told Bombay Times, “That girl was not in a state to talk to me. Her friend reached out to me. She had sustained injuries under the eye, neck and lips. I discovered that she was battered and sexually assaulted. Our concern was her safety, so I sent a letter by post to the police station. I personally went to the Crime Against Women Cell (CAWC). They later called us and the FIR was filed.”
Madhur Mittal’s role as Salim, elder brother of Jamal (Dev Patel), won him worldwide attention. In 1997, Madhur won Boogie Woogie and forayed into acting and dancing on stage. As a child actor he worked in Hindi films like One Two Ka Four, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, and Say Salaam India. He has also acted in several TV shows including Shaka Laka Boom Boom, Kasauti Zindagi Ki, Jalwa, Chamatkar, Prithviraj Chauhan and Dastak.