Farooqui, who directed 2010 comedy Peepli Live with his wife Anusha Rizvi, was detained in New Delhi, India after he went to a police station for questioning over claims he attacked an American woman in her 30s at his home in March (15).

He appeared before a local court on Saturday and was ordered to be kept in judicial custody for 14 days.

His wife has protested his innocence, calling the complaint "manipulated and false."