Man harassed by calls : Having received over 500 unwanted calls and just as many SMS since the release of the cinema, Aggarwal cornered the Maurya Enclave police station in Delhi with a complaint Sun, but he is still to get any rest from the continually ringing phone.
For a 26-year-old Delhi citizen, his mobile number has become the bane of his life over the past few days. Since Friday, he has been attacked with hundreds of phone calls and messages from people who require to connect with Bollywood movie actor Sunny Leone.
Man harassed by calls It all started after Leone-starrer Punjabi movie, ‘Arjun Patiala’, hit the theatres Friday. In the film, Leone’s character is seen introducing ‘her phone number’ to a policeman played by Diljit Dosanjh. As it turned out, in real life, the number refers to Puneet Aggarwal, a citizen of north Delhi’s Pitampura.
Having received over 500 unwanted calls and just as many SMS since the release of the cinema, Aggarwal cornered the Maurya Enclave police station in Delhi with a complaint Sun, but he is still to get any rest from the constantly ringing phone.
“We are staring into his complaint, but there is no criminal crime as such in this case. The complainant will have to seek a civil remedy,” Vijayanta Arya, deputy commissioner of police (north-west), said. On Tuesday, Aggarwal told he would approach the court.
Aggarwal works for a private firm and also operates a small business. He has been using the same phone number for the past 12 years and says he cannot replace it as it would affect his business. “My sales contacts have this phone number. My world and work turn around this phone number,” Aggarwal said.
The first crank call, Aggarwal told, came on Friday afternoon. “The caller wanted me to put him in touch with Leone. I thought he had phoned a wrong number, but then I started receiving more such calls,” Aggarwal said. He says the calls came not only from over India but also from other nations such as Indonesia and New Zealand.
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It was one of the callers who finally told him about the fact that sunny Leone introduced his phone number in a Punjabi movie.
Aggarwal says the constant calls and messages have confused his life— he has not been able to go to work or relax appropriately for the last two days. The film’s director, Rohit Jugraj, however, said he wasn’t aware of the position.
“On our part, we had received care not to use any existing mobile number. I think Leone mentioned a 9-digit number,” Jugraj claimed.
In the film, however, Leone is seen giving out ‘her phone number’ that begins with ‘9211’, before introducing the remaining 6-digits. The policeman played by Dosanjh then repeats the number. Director Jugraj told the stress was on the first 4-digits, which amount to the Hindi language ‘Nau do gyarah’ which means ‘to run away’.
When reached, Leone’s publicity team said the actor only reprised the role in the film and had nothing to do with the script.
Aggarwal, meanwhile, is still busy defending off calls and messages. When he explains the situation to a caller, he is often met with doubt and scorn. “They hold me responsible for performing my number public,” Aggarwal said.
“Initially, my family also accepted that I was responsible for this situation. It was after they saw the movie clip that they received that the error was not on my part,” Aggarwal said.