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Ekta Kapoor’s company is reportedly no longer backing the Iranian actress at her in-laws’ behest
Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 20, 2017)
Mandana Karimi, who is doing the rounds of Mumbai courts after filing a domestic violence case (Mirror, July 5) against businessman husband of four months, Gaurav Gupta, has landed in a fresh soup. Mirror has learnt that time is running out on the Iranian model-actress’s India sojourn. “When she recently turned up for one of the court hearings, she requested the bench to fast-track the proceedings because she couldn’t stay in India for too long,” an insider revealed.
Mandana, who rose to fame with a stint on Bigg Boss 9 in 2015 that paved way for Hindi films like Bhaag Johnny and Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 and a guest spot in the Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez-starrer Roy, has been in India on a work permit. And the last two times it came up for renewal, it was facilitated by Balaji Motion Pictures because she was working on their January 2016 release Kyaa Kool… Previously, Balaji, Mandana’s ‘principal sponsor’, had been instrumental in negotiating the contract for Bigg Boss.
Post marriage, she discontinued working, and was quoted as saying, “The decision was made at my husband’s behest.” Now, it has emerged that her sponsor has decided not to renew her work permit. Buzz is, the Guptas who own a company that specializes in post-production work and VFX and worked on Balaji’s Azhar, the Emraan Hashmi-starrer biopic of former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin, pressurized the latter to do so, arguing that the actress is not working with them anymore.
In the last couple of weeks, Mandana has been running from pillar to post to arrange for an extension on her work permit. Mirror tried reaching out to Mandana and Balaji but both parties chose not to comment.