In an amusing incident, fans of Sunny Leone have been causing untold mental grief to an unsuspecting North Delhi’s Pitampura resident, 26-year-old Puneet Aggarwal.
Puneet’s nightmare began after the Punjabi film Arjun Patiyala hit screens on Friday. In one scene in the film, Sunny, who plays cameo, shares her number with a policeman played by Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh.
Unfortunately for Puneet, the number she rattled out matched his exactly. “Last week, after the movie released, I began receiving calls from unknown people asking me to let them talk to Sunny Leone. One caller wanted me to put him in touch with Leone. I thought he had dialled a wrong number, but then I began receiving more such calls. Initially, I thought somebody was playing a prank on me, but after a while, I realised that the makers of the movie had actually used my number as that of Sunny Leone’s character in the movie. The calls are not only from all over India but also from places such as Indonesia and New Zealand. I am being abused by people who are asking me to do shameful favours,” says a clearly distraught Puneet.
Puneet had received over 500 unwanted phone calls, starting to border on harassment, before he decided to act on it. So, on Sunday, Punnet approached the Maurya Enclave police station with his complaint. “I have filed a police complaint, but till now, the police have not taken any action even after giving me assurance,” adds Puneet.
Upon checking with the department, Vijayanta Arya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West), said, “We are looking into his complaint, but there is no criminal offense as such in this case. The complainant will have to seek a civil remedy.”
However, Rohit Jugraj, the director of Arjun Patiyala, seems unaware of the situation. “The stress was on the first four digits, amounting to the Hindi idiom ‘nau do gyarah’ (9211), which means ‘to run away’. On our part, we had taken care not to use any existing mobile phone number,” says Rohit.
Unfortunately for Puneet, who works in a private firm and runs a small business, his business contacts have this very phone number. “My world and work revolves around this phone number,” he laments, not knowing when this situation will end.