Shweta Basu’s reel mother Sakshi Tanwar speaks out

Sakshi Tanwar, the on-screen mother of Shweta Basu Prasad spoke in favour of the actress who played her mother in ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’. Shweta as per her statement got into prostitution due to shortage of money.

In an article in DNA, Sakshi describes the then-nine-year-old actress as "very sweet and talented" and says that Shweta wished her on Mother's Day for the past13 years. Sakshi urged why Shweta was highlighted in the media while the identities of her "businessman" clients have not been disclosed.

Sakshi writes: "Honestly, I'm quite disappointed that the media reports have so selectively guarded their identity and names. I have no interest in knowing about those degenerate "businessmen", but I would have loved to see their names come to the fore so that their families - mothers, daughters, sisters and wives - and friends would get an insight into their recreational habits."

Sakshi also revealed where Shweta is right now and the fact that her real mother has not been allowed to meet her yet: "I don't know her reasons and problems, and I don't know any solutions either... All I know is that she is kept in a remand home and that she has apparently given a statement accepting it. At least she has been brave enough to accept it (as per the reports). I had been intending to write this piece since I got to know about it, but I wanted to first speak to her. Unable to do that, I did manage to talk to her real life mother today. How many of us know that her mother has not been allowed to meet her in the remand home yet? How many of us know that the attending judge has told her mother that she is cheering up kids and other women in the remand home by talking about music and life. Her mother is feeling deprived, dejected and even defeated...and understandably so. She has a few very valid questions - "My daughter is not a criminal, why is her name being maligned like this? What if this irresponsible reporting along with her photographs by the media has a long-lasting scarring impact on her? What if tomorrow she finds it impossible to carry the bitter remains of her life and takes a drastic step, God forbid..."

"In a country where even rapists and murderers are given the right to privacy, why has Shweta's right been violated?," asks Sakshi.

"I was out of money. I had to support my family and some other good causes. All the doors were closed, and some people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money. I was helpless, and with no option left to choose, I got involved in this act," news agency IANS quoted her as saying to police sources. Shweta will reportedly stay in the remand home she has been moved to from jail for three months.