Aspiring actors and junior artists mobbed around Versova Police Station yesterday alleging that they had been tricked by conmen who portrayed themselves as employees of Production House – Red Chillies headed by Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan.
There were around 300 of them who had received text messages in the name of Red Chillies inviting them for an Audition for a Shah Rukh Khan production at a bungalow in MHADA Colony, Andheri (West).
At the venue of the audition each one of them had to pay Rs. 3000/- for an artist card as a pre-requisite for the Audition. Rahul, one of the complainants, said, “We received the messages on our phones inviting us to audition for Shah Rukh Khan’s production house for a project. We were asked to pay Rs 3,000/- as fees to appear for the audition.”
Another complainant said, “There were around 100 people in queue, who paid the fees. Girls were called inside, while we were asked to wait outside. When we realized that it was being run by some frauds, we caught three of the organizers and handed them over to Versova police, but they were released later.”
One of the aspirants, who is associated with a TV channel, suspected foul play and called up the Red Chillies office. When they replied in negation, he alerted the others. Some of the organizers managed to flee in the chaos.
To this Red Chillies says, “It has been brought to our attention that someone has used the name of Red Chillies in the most unauthorized manner. We are glad that a police investigation is underway and will await the outcome to be able to protect our interests.”