In 2004, director Madhur Bhandarkar was accused of rape by an aspiring actress Preeti Jain. Preeti alleged that Madhur repeatedly had sex with her from 1999 to 2004 in return of a promise to launch her in one of his films. The case took a strange turn when Preeti was arrested for having given the underworld Rs. 70,000 to have Madhur murdered. In 2006 the rape case was dismissed but reopened again in 2009. All this while, Madhur has strongly denied Preeti’s allegations.