HotHit: All about the OTT porn app through which Raj Kundra earned lakhs per day

Businessman Raj Kundra has been receiving regular payments, amounting to Rs 9.65 lakh, in his bank account from Hot Hit, a porn app that was named in the racket busted by Mumbai Police earlier this year.

On Google Playstore, the HotHit movies app describes itself as “Best Indian movies and web series. Your search comes to an end at HotHit Movies and Originals. To watch our video content you need to subscribe with one of the following plan using: Paykun Payment method and get instant access.”

It also has various types of subscriptions such as “Premium: 199 INR. for 28 Day, Full HD or Cinematic: 249 INR. for 45 Days, Full HD.” 

The description further reads, “We have the best collection of Indian Movies, ShortFilms, Videos, and Web series in all categories. Our OTT Subscription options will enable you to enjoy unlimited videos every month. Join the Rollercoaster ride of fun, entertainment, and excitement today!”

In the ‘About Us’ section of the website of HotHit, the app describes itself as “an online streaming platform where you can enjoy hundreds of adult movies and Hindi webseries. We also produce HotHit originals with steamy content. In today’s time, everyone needs something to release the stress. There is nothing better than out-of-the-box adult content full of double meaning jokes and raw lovemaking scenes.”

In February this year, Mumbai Police arrested nine people for allegedly forcing aspiring actors to shoot nude scenes for pornographic films. These films were streamed on paid websites and mobile applications.

Gehna Vasishth, who has featured in several soap operas, is said to be a prominent player in this racket.

The videos were allegedly uploaded on mobile apps in the UK such as Eightshots, Nuefliks and HotHit.

Those arrested include Rowa Khan alias Yasmeen, who claims to be a producer-director. Police also arrested Dipankar Khasanvis alias Shyam Banerjee, who is Khan’s husband. Police claimed that they are part of the company that ran the application on which obscene and pornographic content was broadcast. Yasmeen Khan and Khasanvis are both associated with Hot Hit Digital.

A perusal of Raj Kundra’s mobile records by IANS shows regular payments from Hot Hit. Just before the porn racket was busted by the police in February, Kundra received Rs 2.7 lakh on February 3 from Hot Hit. Similarly, he received Rs 95,000 on January 23, Rs 1 lakh on January 20, Rs 2 lakh on January 13, and Rs 3 lakh on January 10.

Earlier, Mumbai’s Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Milind Bharambe said that  Raj Kundra and his brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi’s two companies had a mobile app called ‘HotShots Digital Entertainment’, developed by Kenrin Ltd. The app that went by the name ‘Hotshots’ is at the centre of the controversy and was allegedly being used to distribute pornographic content.

After complaints, this app was takedown by Google Play Store and Apple App Store. However, the app’s Android Application Package (APK) is available on several websites. The app’s description on stores read, “HD videos & short movies with unmatched exposure” and promised “private content from hot photoshoots, short movies, and experience of the lifestyle of celebrities from all over the world”. Moreover, the app also offered services like live communication with “some of the hottest models around the world” and original content was only accessible for paying subscribers.

After making the content, the two companies — Viaan and Kendrin — made them available on mobile apps, offering subscriptions akin to the mainstream OTT platforms, advertise them on social media, all of which were illegal as pornography in any form is banned in India.

The police also said that after taking the court’s permission, the offices of Raj Kundra were searched and a few clips were found as well. Consequently, Raj was arrested late Monday night.

(With inputs from IANS)

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