‘I’M BEING MISTAKEN FOR A BOLLYWOOD SEX SYMBOL’
Aman who has been besieged by calls after a Bollywood film mistakenly publicised his phone number says he is exhausted and frustrated by the constant attention. In the film, Arjun Patiala, actress Sunny Leone reads out the phone number of the character she plays - which happens to belong to 26-year-old Puneet Agarwal. Mr Agarwal told the BBC he had been receiving more than 100 calls a day since the movie was released on July 26.
“I don’t even dream any more,” he says. “The phone keeps ringing until four in the morning.”
The calls are disrupting his life to such an extent that he is taking legal action to try to get the film edited so his phone number is bleeped out. Leone is a former American porn star who has since broken into Bollywood. She has acted in erotic thrillers and adult comedies, and is often portrayed as a sex symbol. So perhaps it’s not surprising that men from across India - and even the world - are calling Mr Agarwal because they believe it is really her number.
And Mr Agarwal is tired of it. “They (the film’s producers) should have at least called to check if it’s a real number,” he told BBC Hindi’s Bhumika Rai.
The director of Arjun Patiala, Rohit Jugraj Chauhan, declined to comment.
Sunny Leone. INSET: Puneet Agarwal.