Ekta Kapoor to file police complaint against imposter who posed as Balaji casting agent
Ekta Kapoor sees red after imposter poses as Balaji casting agent, to file police complaint against him today
It's not entirely uncommon for casting agents to discover that imposters are using their name to fleece aspiring actors off their money. But this time around, TV czarina and film producer Ekta Kapoor has found herself in a similar predicament. The film producer has been alerted about a certain Yashpal Kapoor, who has been claiming to be a casting agent for Balaji Productions and luring industry hopefuls in the process.
mid-day has learnt that Ekta will be lodging a complaint with the cyber cell today in this matter. Sharing a snapshot of the flyer that the imposter is using to promote his services, a livid Ekta wrote on her Twitter account, "Avoid all the fake casting calls!!! Loads of people used. Sycophants feeding on the need of struggling actors #beware!!! We will call the cops if you take advantage or abuse our company name."
Flyer used by the imposter
A production house insider tells mid-day that the development came to light when an actor approached the studio, stating he had been selected by their casting agent for a role. "The so-called casting agent promised a small-time actor a role in one of her shows. When the actor directly got in touch with us to discuss further details, he realised that he was coordinating with a fake casting agent all along. That's when we got a whiff of these developments. The guy was blatantly promoting himself as the prime casting agent for Ekta's television shows. Ekta directed her marketing team to take up the matter with Facebook and they have already reported the page for the time being."
When mid-day reached out to the agent, who identified himself as Yashpal Kapoor, he denied any involvement with Balaji. "I have never used Balaji's name. I have a daughter whose name is Ekta Kapoor as well. She too is a television actor in Mumbai for the last 12 years. I have neither duped anyone nor have I extorted money from anyone. Balaji is defaming me unnecessarily."