An FIR has been registered against bollywood actress Raveena Tandon for allegedly shooting an advertisement in no camera zone on the premises of the 11th century Lingagarj temple in Odisha.
The incident come to the fore after a video surfaced in social media featuring Tandon offering beauty tips inside the temple premises and it is recorded by a person with a mobile phone. She had visited the temple on Sunday.
“The temple administration has filed a complaint against Raveena Tandon at Lingaraj Police Station for shooting an advertisement film in the no camera zone,” said Rajiv Lochan Parida, the management-in-charge of the temple administration.
Confirming that such an FIR has been lodged, Bhubaneswar DCP Satybrat Bhoi said the police are examining the allegations. Only servitors are allowed to carry mobile phones inside the temple, Parida said adding it is a clear case of violation of the security norms. The incident has also hurt sentiments of the devotees, he said. The Archaeological Survey of India has also launched an investigation into the matter.
The actress, however, dismissed the allegations saying that she wasn’t there for an ad shoot. She just happened to visit the temple when people started clicking selfies and asked for beauty tips. While she was attending to their demands, someone slyly took a video and posted it on social media. She also raised questions on the security measures employed in the temple premise.
“I had absolutely no idea about the people who were filming me. Since everyone around me was carrying cell phones, they clicked selfies with me. One of them asked me about my fitness regime and sought some beauty tips. He filmed me when I was replying to questions,” said Tandon.
“I understand temple authorities are distraught as everyone around me (organisers, security, pandits, locals) were using cellphones, clicking videos, taking selfies. I was not aware of phone ban, hence the issue,” she added.