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July 27, 2021

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HotShots: The app for pornographic content that's at the centre of the Raj Kundra controversy

HotShots: The app for pornographic content material that is on the centre of the Raj Kundra controversy | Information

Businessman and Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra, 45, was arrested by Mumbai Police on Monday (July 19) for allegedly being a “key conspirator in a case associated to the manufacturing and publishing of pornographic movies by cellular apps. Manufacturing of porn is against the law in India. On the centre of the controversy is the HotShots app, which has now been faraway from Google and Apple app retailer.
What’s the HotShots app?
The HotShots app is reportedly described because the “world’s first 18+ app” showcasing a few of the “hottest” fashions and celebs globally in unique pictures, brief movies and scorching movies – implying soft-to-hard porn.
The app’s Android Software Package deal (APK) remains to be accessible on a number of web sites. The app’s description on shops learn, “HD movies & brief motion pictures with unmatched publicity” and promised “personal content material from scorching photoshoots, brief motion pictures, and expertise of the approach to life of celebrities from everywhere in the world”. Furthermore, the app additionally allegedly provided companies like dwell communication with “a few of the hottest fashions all over the world”.
Subscription and contests:
The unique content material on the app was solely accessible for paying subscribers solely, as per media studies. Additionally, going by some social media posts it appeared as if the app additionally hosted a Miss HotShot contest 2019, with ladies asking netizens to obtain the app and vote for them.
The Raj Kundra case:
Raj Kundra and his brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi are the alleged masterminds of a global porn movies racket perpetrated by their content material manufacturing firms based mostly in India and the UK. Kundra is the proprietor of Viaan Industries Ltd, collectively promoted by him and his spouse Shilpa Shetty, whereas Bakshi – a British citizen, who’s married to Kundra’s sister – is the chairman of London-based Kenrin Ltd.
As per the Mumbai Police, the Crime Department registered a case associated to pornographic movies in February. It was allegedly discovered that new actors had been promised roles in internet collection and brief tales and had been requested to do daring scenes in auditions. “They (younger aspiring actresses) had been referred to as for auditions and after choice, had been made to do daring scenes, which went onto semi-nude after which full-nude shoots. A few of them strongly opposed this and had approached the police,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Milind Bharambe mentioned.
“Throughout an in depth investigation, it was discovered that Raj Kundra’s firm, Viaan, had a tie-up with a London-based firm Kenrin that owns the controversial cellular software Hotshots. All nude content material created in Mumbai was printed on Hotshots, which was operated from Mumbai,” he added.
After making the content material, the 2 firms — Viaan and Kenrin — apparently made them accessible on cellular apps, providing subscriptions akin to the mainstream OTT platforms, promote them on social media, all of which had been unlawful as pornography in any type is banned in India.
The police additionally mentioned that after taking the courtroom’s permission, the workplaces of Raj Kundra had been searched and some clips had been discovered as effectively.
(With Company inputs)
 
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