Shweta Prasad, one of India’s best known former Bollywood child stars, has been arrested for prostitution during a police raid in Hyderabad.
Now 23, she is best known as the 11-year-old star of Makdee, in which she played a young girl captured by a witch.
More Bollywood roles followed her debut and she won parts in India’s popular Telugu and Bengali films as well.
But her arrest on Sunday highlighted Bollywood’s sleazy dark side.
In a statement to the police, she said how she and many other actresses had been lured into prostitution when Bollywood roles dried up and the money ran out. She had not found a film role in eight years.
There was a time in England that to be an actress was really a method of showing off one’s charms for the wealthier members of the audience who might be interested in a more intimate performance later on.
One such famously ended up as a Duchess as a result (umm, perhaps of Bolton?).
Human nature tends not to change all that much. And being both very good looking and also a good actress is pretty much the required qualification for working at the high end of the trade really.