#MeToo has taken the film industry by storm! After Tanushree Dutta’s allegations, many other people from the film industry have also spoken about their experiences. Today, we bring to you 10 celebrities who have been accused of sexual harassment.
Actress Tanushree Dutta alleged that critically-acclaimed actor Nana Patekar tried to harass her on the sets of the film ‘Horn Ok Pleassss’ in 2008. She alleges that Nana deliberately asked the choreographer to incorporate a lewd step into a song so that he could take advantage of it. The former actress tried to file a complaint at that time, but no action was taken. Talking about these accusations, Nana Patekar has said, “What should I say? I said 10 years ago. The truth which was 10 years ago remains the same today and will continue to be tomorrow as well.”
In a Facebook post, TV writer and director Vinita Nanda alleged that 19 years ago, Alok Nath sexually assaulted her multiple times. She also alleged that Alok Nath assaulted her lead actress, Navneet Nishan, on the sets of her show ‘Tara.’ After these allegations, many other actresses such as Sandhya Mridul and Deepika Amin also said that Alok Nath had sexually assaulted them. Alok Nath has filed a defamation suit against both Vinita Nanda and Sandhya Mridul. Seems like everyone’s favourite ‘sanskaari baba’ turned out to be not so ‘sanskaari’.
Actor and filmmaker Rajat Kapoor has also been accused of sexual misconduct by a few women on Twitter. A female journalist said that Rajat asked her really uncomfortable questions and another woman has said that ten years ago, Rajat used to call her non-stop from another actor’s phone. The same woman even said that Rajat asked her if she knew of any empty houses and then she realized what he meant. Rajat Kapoor later apologized for this. In Rajat’s case, it seems like his on-screen character in the film ‘Monsoon Wedding’ was very similar to his real-life character.
Singer and composer Anu Malik has also been accused of sexual misconduct multiple times. Many female singers, such as Alisha Chinai have accused him of sexually harassing them. With the #MeToo movement in full swing, many other women have also alleged that Anu sexually harassed them. As a result of this, Anu has been removed as a judge from the singing reality show ‘Indian Idol’.
‘Queen’ director Vikas Bahl has also been accused of sexual harassment by a female employee of the production house Phantom Films. The employee alleged that while the crew was in Goa for the promotions of ‘Bombay Velvet’, Vikas insisted on dropping her off to her hotel room and harassed her in an inebriated state. Kangana Ranaut has also added to this. She said that whenever Vikas used to meet her, he would hug her very tightly and bury his face in her neck. Vikas has filed a defamation case against his partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane for speaking about this to the press. The Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association has already issued a show-cause notice to Vikas.
Sajid Khan is producer, director and choreographer, Farah Khan’s brother. An actress has alleged that Sajid harassed her when she was working as an assistant for him. Sajid was directing the 4th installment in the ‘Housefull’ series, when these allegations came out. As a consequence of this, the lead actors of the movie-Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh have cancelled the shoot of ‘Housefull 4.’ Both the actors have said that they will not work with Sajid Khan. Another director will now direct ‘Housefull 4’.
Singer Kailash Kher has also been accused of sexual misconduct. Singer Sona Mohapatra has alleged that Kailash made sexual advances towards her when they met to discuss a concert where both their bands were playing. Another singer has also accused Kailash of sexual misconduct.
The director of movies such as ‘Pardes’, ‘Karz’, ‘Taal’ and ‘Khalnayak,’ Subhash Ghai has also been accused of sexual harassment. In a post on social media, an anonymous woman has accused Subhash of drugging her and raping her. Another actress has also said that the director grabbed her and tried to kiss her.
‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ actress Shefali Shah’s husband, Vipul Shah has been accused of sexual harassment by an Iranian actress. Vipul has directed ‘Namastey London’ and the recently released ‘Namaste England’. The actress alleges that Vipul tried to touch her inappropriately and kiss her, on the pretext of offering her a role in his film ‘Namaste England’.
The #MeToo movement has shocked everyone! No one knows, how many new names will pop up during this movement. The extent of this movement clearly shows that there is much more to the film industry than the glitz, glamour and fame associated with it.
Sources: Amar Ujala, Business Today, India Today, India TV, Mid-Day, Missmalini,Money Control, News18, Peepingmoon, Pixabay, Times Now, Times of India, The Indian Express, The Tribune, Yahoo News India.