Amit Sehgal who calls himself a senior casting director is nothing but a conman and a cheat. He has cheated hundreds of aspiring actors who come to Mumbai with stars in their eyes, of lakhs of rupees. His modus operandi is very simple. He promises them roles in serials on top GEC channels like Colors, Sony, Zee, etc., and charges anywhere from Rs 20,000 to Rs 5 lakh. One such struggling actor from North India, who spoke to IndiaScoops.com got conned of Rs 90,000/-. He is now on the roads, begging for a living.
According to this actor whose name has been withheld by IndiaScoops.com to protect his identity, “Amit Sehgal has cheated hundreds of youth. He takes 10k to 5 lakh for serials and films. He also gets helpless girls from small towns into prostitution, by sending them to fake producers to compromise. The helpless, semi-literate girls who come to Mumbai in search of film work are sent to fake producers who give dud cheques and fake contracts and sleep with the unsuspecting girls. The cheques eventually bounce and the producers disappear, while Amit Sehgal gets his commission money from these fake producers. This is a big prostitution racket in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi, operating under the guise of film casting. Hundreds of girls have been conned by this trick and Amit Sehgal is the kingpin.”
At least 5-6 people who have been conned by Amit Sehgal approached IndiaScoops.com for justice. The police do not register FIRs as the matter is technical and Sehgal is known to bribe the cops.
Not just that, Amit Sehgal has even conned celebrities. He was the brain behind the fake Prabhas film, for which he and three of his cronies signed on Bigg Boss contestant and Google entertainer of the year Arshi Khan after promising her Rs 2.5 crore in payment. He also signed on another Bhojpuri actress Sangita Tiwari from whom he took Rs 5000 as advance. The Rs 5 lakh cheque given to Tiwari was a dud, which bounced and Sehgal switched off his phone and changed his number, after pocketing Rs 5000 from Tiwari.
Readers will remember how Bigg Boss 11 contestant Arshi Khan had got into a controversy concerning a film with South superstar Prabhas. Almost immediately, after Bigg Boss 11 came to a close, it was widely reported that Arshi Khan was signed opposite a film starring Prabhas.
However, a week after the news went viral, Prabhas clarified that he had no idea about the project and was not doing any such film. Prabhas even said he did not know who Arshi Khan was. Well, Arshi Khan was quick to reiterate and clarify that she had a signed written contract and that she was approached by a production house based in Goregaon who claimed they had signed on Prabhas. The production house gave Arshi Khan a film contract, and she tweeted about the project based on that film contract. The news then died a natural death.
IndiaScoops.com has learned that the architect and brain behind this entire fraud was a casting director by the name of Amit Sehgal, who along with a fake producer Muzaffar Sheikh and another crook by the name of Shahid Khan schemed to milk some financers using the name and popularity of Arshi Khan.
At that time, Arshi Khan had told Times of India, “The makers approached me after I came out of Bigg Boss 11 house. They had come down from Hyderabad. The first thing I had asked them was about the star cast and I was told that they had already signed Prabhas. They made me sign the contract papers and said that the agreement will be signed later. Amit Sehgal was the casting director who introduced me to the producer and the director at a coffee shop in Malad.”
The modus operandi of Amit Seghal is to approach known, but gullible artistes and offer them meaty roles in big-budget productions. Everything is fake – the star cast, the distributor, the producer and so on. Sehgal also gives the artiste a contract and at times a post-dated cheque. He then taken 20 to 30 per cent of the cheque amount from the artiste in cash as his commission. Besides Arshi Khan, Amit Sehgal also cheated a well-known Bhojpuri actor Sangita Tiwari and took Rs 5000 from her after giving her a fake cheque of Rs 5 lakh which obviously bounced.
IndiaScoops.com has learned that Amit Seghal has cheated hundreds of struggling artistes both male and female in Mumbai. He recently changed his residence and has shifted to Sector 8 in Charkop after people started chasing him. One male artiste whom he conned of about Rs 90,000/- has even filed an FIR against Sehgal, but the cops are going slow on the case, as Sehgal has probably bribed the cops.
Amit Sehgal is a professional conman. He has cheated hundreds of struggling Bollywood aspirants using different tricks of the trade. According to unconfirmed sources, Amit Sehgal is wanted by the Delhi police in a case where he allegedly cheated a jewelry company of Rs one crore. He was earlier with the Gitanjali Group in Delhi and according to unconfirmed sources, he was involved in a big scam at the company. Gitanjali Group is the same company owned by Mehul Chokshi which is now part of the diamond merchant Nirav Modi conglomerate which cheated Indian banks to a tune of Rs 11,000 crore.
Sehgal changes his phone numbers several times a year and has at-least 5 criminal cases pending against him in Mumbai. Readers are advised to beware of this professional cheat!
In case you have any more information about this wanted conman, you can contact this website at indiascoops AT gmail.com
Editor’s Note: Arshi Khan’s manager has sent us a clarification via email stating that to the best of his knowledge and belief, casting director Amit Sehgal had only introduced Arshi Khan to the producers who claimed to be doing a Prabhas film. Amit Sehgal has explained to Arshi Khan’s team that he himself did not know that the producer and the production house were fake. He has not charged any fee or commission from Arshi Khan.