By Flynn Remedios
(This article is © of the above mentioned author and is an excerpt from his work titled THE DOUBLE OFFER. The purpose of this article is to only highlight sensitive issues in Bollywood and in no way is intended to defame or disgrace any individual. The author has to the best of his knowledge and belief faithfully recorded views, input and data from several sources after doing the outmost to ascertain the veracity and truth behind all these allegations and claims. The author hereby apologies for all inadvertent errors and ommissions.)
Before I proceed to answer this question, let me share my own experiences about and with Moon Das. Moon was a very sweet, innocent, humble girl who got into the big, bad world of Bollywood. She was honest and truthful at times – at least with me. And I admire her for that. She was to the point and I respect her for her outspokenness and bluntness. But she crossed the “yellow line” and preferred to “drive in the fast lane”. Moon forgot that when you sup with the devil, you should use a long spoon. Somewhere in her quest for instant success, fame and riches, she forgot that those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Or may be she is a warrior and would prefer a gory death, fighting for what she always wanted, rather than a bland fading away into oblivion. Maybe she prefers to burn that to fade away.
In fact, it was Moon’s life and her determination to “make it big at all costs” that was the main reason for writing this book. I was stumped that otherwise decent- looking girls like her who could get a decent job as a receptionist in a Five star hotel or even in some airline and make a reasonable sum of money to fend for themselves and their families were so bitten by the glamour bug that they would prostitute themselves for an opportunity to be before the camera.
She admitted to certain things, which no industry girl would have the guts to admit to. Moon, I am really sorry I can’t keep all your secrets, though I will try to keep some of them. And I wish you luck. I pray that Life may give you the strength and fortitude to face your loss and own up to your mistakes and turn a new leaf. It’s never too late to begin again and like I have realized myself, everyday is a new day.
And if you need my help, I shall be there, irrespective of what people may say. I want you to know that what I am going to write herein is not to defame or disgrace you but to give you the courage to carry on. As a mini celebrity, your life was and is always under the scanner. And journalists and writers have to do what they are good at doing – churning out interesting, spicy, juicy gossip and copy.
I would be really happy if you came clean, owned up your past, and began a new life. There are ample opportunities for the hardworking and Life will take care of you.
Having expressed my feelings, we shall now go back to Moon - I didn’t know much about her background, but thanks to the media coverage she got recently, I have learnt much about her family and the place where she was born and grew up. Over the last two years, as I tracked her success (I use this term for want of another word at this moment), I speculated that she came from a humble background with stars in her eyes and a fiery determination to make it big “at all and any cost” in Bollywood. My speculations were confirmed when I read about her tragic stories in the papers in the month of November 2007.
Yes, to the best of my knowledge and belief Moon was moonlighting as a call girl. She also was in the sex for work racket, which I have elaborated in my other articles. I know this for certain because she herself admitted to me that due to very severe financial and family problems, she was “forced” to “sleep around” with event and show organizers to either get shows or ensure that she was paid well.
Last year around this time, she was demanding Rs Two to Rs Three lakh do perform at a stage show and for dessert later on.
She had confessed to me late one night in December 2006, in the compound of the building in Lokhandwala where she lived, that due to her mother’s terminal illness, which required constant medical treatment, she had to do “anything and everything possible” to earn a certain sum of money each month to pay for her expenses.
I had really felt very, very sorry for the misguided, lost, young girl and had offered to help her. I had suggested that I could help her find some work (like stage shows and modeling assignments) the right way if she was willing to work exclusively with me. But Moon had flatly refused. She said she wanted to work with anyone and everyone on “her terms” and would not “be told what to do and how to do it”. I had left it at that because I didn’t like the company she kept.
At this stage, I must point out that Moon was “pulled into the mire and muck of Bollywood” but two factors. Firstly, her desire and crazy determination to get rich and famous instantaneously and two, the seedy, vile breed of coordinators and managers – who like I have said in my earlier stories are nothing but a bunch of pimps. Of course, not all star managers and secretaries are pimps. Many of them are well-qualified, MBA and laptop wielding professionals who could convert dollars into pounds and euros in the blinking of an eye.
Moon was – if my sources are right a full-time escort and was also listed on a few escort websites though under different names. I have heard from a few cops that Moon was arrested a couple of times when a deal turned sour or when an operation failed due to a decoy sent in by the cops – I have not been able to confirm this bit of information and if anyone has any information to give me on this please text me on +919821777737 or on firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to take this opportunity to invite readers to send me interesting information that they may have on any of these topices.
However, Moon’s detour into the bad world of Bollywood was “mentored” by a couple of sleazy co-ordinators who would actually insist that she must sleep around if she wanted to make it. When Moon first started doing stage shows, she unfortunately came across a bad lot of people who got her into the dhanda right away. And a poor, gullible Moon did just as she was told. Of course, she could have taken the Road Less Traveled and tried to make it the hard way, which she didn’t.
To say that she was “forced into becoming an escort and a call girl” would be incorrect. She could have turned back and gone home or taken up smaller, lesser- paying assignments. She was modeling and doing odd jobs and was making a living, she could have continued to do that if she so wanted.
I am told that Moon had also posed and modeled nude for several assignments and may have also done a few blue or semi porn films. She was a “favourite performer and stage show artiste” all over the country and was in great demand in Dubai, according to one event organizer. She was known to be willing to wear the skimpiest of outfits and would do things on stage that other item girls would never dream of.
She is also rumored to have had lovers and boyfriends in different parts of the country. Another co-ordinator told me that she was married a couple of times, each time marrying a well-to-do person only to dump him a couple of months later. All these are hearsay and it’s not within the scope of this book to confirm these allegations.
I have also got calls from angry artiste managers and even other female stage show artistes who told me how Moon would ‘cut them off’ by not just quoting lower than they did, but also go to bed with the organizers to ‘bag’ the shows. “When Moon got to know of any big show or event, she would either call the organizers herself or ask her people to call them and make a Double Offer,” said a vitriolic item girl who is also a well-known singer. Well, this could just be a case of sour grapes and I am not endorsing or confirming these allegations. I am only reproducing what I have heard, not once but on several occasions.
(…… to be continued. Please read the disclaimer at the right hand corner of my blog http://thedoubleoffer.blogspot.com. The purpose of this article is not to defame Moon Das in any way, but is merely meant to illustrate the unholy ways of Bollywood.)