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Singer Shweta Pandit calls Anu Malik a paedophile, says he asked her for a kiss at 15 #MeToo

Singer Shweta Pandit has shared an incident from 17 years ago when composer Anu Malik allegedly asked her for a kiss in exchange for work when she was 15 years old.

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Singer Shweta Pandit has accused music composer Anu Malik of sexual harassment.

Singer Shweta Pandit has joined the long list of women in the Hindi film industry to name and shame their sexual harassers as part of the  #MeToo movement raging across the country. She has shared a detailed account of an incident from 17 years ago when music composer Anu Malik allegedly made sexual advances towards her when she was 15 years old.

Shweta called Anu Malik a paedophile and sexual predator in a long note shared on Twitter on Wednesday. “Had to go back to my worst memory as a teenage girl today to write this and speak up – its now or never. This is my #MeToo and have to warn young girls about #AnuMalik & let you know your #TimesUp @IndiaMeToo Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this,” she wrote in her tweet.

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Shweta Pandit

@ShwetaPandit7

Had to go back to my worst memory as a teenage girl today to write this and speak up – its now or never. This is my and have to warn young girls about & let you know your @IndiaMeToo
Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this

In the note, Shweta details the incident from 2001 when she met Anu for work. Her songs from 2000’s Mohabbatein had become huge hits and she was now looking for more work. She said she was an admirer of the musician and was thrilled when she got a call from Malik’s manager to come to Andheri’s Empire Studio in mid 2001 to meet him.

Malik then asked Pandit to sing a few lines for a voice test and after hearing her, said he’ll give her a song if she ‘gave him a kiss’. Shweta says she was traumatised by the incident. Calling it the “worst experience of my life”, the singer said she was depressed for months after the incident and could not even bring it up with her parents.

Read her full note here:

It has taken a lot in me to open up this wound again and speak up against this pedophile and sexual predator. It was the year 2000 when i was launched as a lead singer with #Mohabbatein (was the youngest singer back then in the Indian music industry) and was trying to get other good songs to follow up with the success of that soundtrack and the outstanding welcome it gave me in the music industry. I got a call from Anu Malik’s then manager (Mustafa) to come to #empirestudio in andheri sometime in mid 2001. I was thrilled like any singer would be. I used to admire his music and practice his songs for hours and look upto him back then! He was recording a group song with Sunidhi and Shaan for the film Awara Pagal Deewana, when my mother and i walked in the monitor room. He told me to wait in the small cabin inside where singers sang at Empire studio. It was just him and me there.

He asked me to sing something without any music as he wanted to hear my voice. I remember i sang the title song of har dil jo pyar karega as a voice test for this man. I sang it well so he said, “ill give you this song with Sunidhi and Shaan but first give me a kiss now” He then smiled, what id recall the most evil grin ive seen. I went numb and pale in the face. I was only 15years old then, still in school. Can anyone even imagine what it felt that moment? It felt like someone had just stabbed me in my stomach. I referred to this man as “Anu uncle”, he knew my entire family for decades and knew us as a respected gharana of musicians for generations who have given our entire lives dedicated to music for 4 generations.

He addressed my father as “Mandheer bhai”. And he does this to his bhai’s daughter? He has 2 young daughters of his own and thats how he treated a 15 year old minor girl. It was the worst experience of my life and i could never speak about it even to my parents. I could never ask any help to heal but was depressed for months. I cried endlessly after this incident and it affected my psyche as a young girl, so much that i could have left the industry but i re-thought and fought with my will-power that why should i leave my greatest passion for a pedophile like him but i still kept struggling for years to bury this inside me. I am sure many singers have been exploited by him as he is a known name for doing this to singers. Id urge those singers/women to share their stories too.

A week ago, singer Sona Mohapatra had also called Malik as a “serial predator”.

In response to Pandit’s allegation, Mohapatra thanked her for speaking up and calling out Malik.

“Sending you love, big healing and strength @ShwetaPandit7. That #AnuMalik did this to you as a child is something #India has to make note of. Thank you so much for being brave and bringing this out in the open. I know how difficult that is and the pressure to let ‘bygones be bygones’.

SONA

@sonamohapatra

Sending you love,big healing & strength @ShwetaPandit7 .That did this to you as a child is something has to make note of.Thank U so much for being brave & bringing this out in the open.I know how difficult that is & the pressure to let ‘bygones be bygones’. (1)

“That so many people trolled me for my #AnuMalik #TimesUp story scoffing because they think calling me ‘Maal’ or calling up at odd hours doesn’t constitute as sexual harassment. Please note, you don’t know Sh*t. Predators do much worse when they get a chance because of people like you,” she wrote on Twitter.

When contacted for a response to Pandit’s allegatins, Malik told PTI, “No comments. This is ridiculous. I don’t want to talk about it. Today anyone says anything.”

Shweta said the incident left her depressed for months. “I could have left the industry but I rethought. Why should I leave my greatest passion for a paedophile like him?” she wrote. Anu Malik told PTI, “No comments. This is ridiculous. I don’t want to talk about it. Today anyone says anything.”

CINTAA meanwhile announced the setting up of a committee to tackle sexual harassment along Vishaka guidelines. Lawyer Vrinda Grover, actors Swara Bhasker, Raveena Tandon and Renuka Shahane, filmmaker Amol Gupte and journalist Bharati Dubey will be part of the committee. Fifty percent will be women.

But CINTAA expressed helplessness at taking up cases that are under legal process, like that of Alok Nath.

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Nandita Das says she will support MeToo movement despite the allegations against her father

Nandita Das has written in a Facebook post that she will keep voicing support towards the #MeToo movement even though her father, Jatin Das, has been accused of sexual harassment.

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Nandita Das has written in a Facebook post that she will continue to support the MeToo movement.(Reuters)

Actor-director Nandita Das Tuesday broke her silence over the sexual harassment allegations against her father, noted painter Jatin Das, stating that she will continue to lend support to the  #MeToo movement. A woman, who is the co-founder of a paper-making company, Tuesday came forward to claim that she was sexually harassed 14 years ago by Jatin Das, allegations which the painter dismissed as “vulgar”.

In a Facebook post, Nandita said despite the “disturbing” allegations against her father, she would continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the women coming forward with stories of abuse and harassment.

She also warned that women need to be “sure” about their allegations before accusing someone.

“As a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement, I want to reiterate that I will continue to add my voice to it, despite the disturbing allegations made against my father, which he has categorically denied,” she wrote on the social networking site.

“I have maintained from the very start that this is the time we all need to listen, so that women (and men) feel safe to speak up. At the same time, it is also important to be sure about allegations so as not to dilute the movement,” the actor said. Nandita said she has received support from “friends and strangers – who are concerned and are trusting my integrity”. “I do believe truth will prevail. And that is all I have to say on this matter,” she asserted. Jatin Das is the latest addition to a growing list of men who have been named as part of the #MeToo campaign that has taken the country by storm.

The woman, Nisha Bora, took to Twitter to level the allegations against the noted painter. Describing the incident, Bora, who was 28-years-old then, said Das during a dinner event asked whether she “had the time and willingness to assist him for a few days to organise his work material”, and after she gave her approval on the second day — at his Khidki village studio — he molested her.

“… He attempted to grab me. I wriggled out of his embrace, flustered. Then he did it again… I pushed him away and moved away from him.

 

“At that moment, he said ‘Come on, it would be nice’. Or something like that. What I recall was his disbelief that I was pushing back. I picked my bag… and ran home. Never to speak about it. Until now,” she said.

The Padma Bhushan awardee, however, has denied the allegations and said these days a “game” was going on to level allegations against people for the “fun” of it.

He labelled the allegations against him as “vulgar”.

“I am shocked. All kinds of things are happening these days… Some people do things and some people make allegations. I don’t know her, I have never met her, and even if I did meet somebody somewhere one doesn’t behave like this… It is vulgar,” Das told PTI.

“There is a game going on, some people are real, have done some things while some people are making allegations for the fun of it,” he added.

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India – 11 Film Directors pledge to not work with sex offenders #MeToo fallout

Women Filmmakers Join #MeToo Movement

Mumbai:

Sunday brought a decisive move in India’s #MeToo movement in the entertainment industry. Eleven prominent women filmmakers issued a joint statement announcing they would never work with any proven sexual offender.

The signatories include Zoya Akhtar, Nandita Das, Konkona Sen Sharma, Meghna Gulzar, Gauri Shinde, Kiran Rao, Reema Kagti, Alankrita Shrivastava, Nitya Mehra, Ruchi Narain and Shonali Bose. “As women and filmmakers, we come together to support the #MeToolndia movement. We are in complete solidarity with the women who have come forward with honest accounts of harassment and assault. Our respect and admiration to them as their courage has started a revolution of welcome change,” the statement read.

“We are here to spread awareness to help create a safe and equal atmosphere for all in the workplace. We have also taken a stand to not work with proven offenders. We urge all our peers in the industry to do the some,” they said.

In a parallel account, writer-director Tahira Kashyap, wife of actor Ayushmann Khurrana, posted her personal account of childhood abuse saying that sometimes “relatives can be the real creeps.” “Often the closest people, especially the relatives in your life

(those whom everyone trusts), are the real creeps. I know how it feels to be violated and stifled for years altogether and how the memories make one shudder,” Kashyap tweeted. She found solace 20 years later, after confiding in her parents and her husband.

She said, “Please do not feel ashamed to expose the transgressor and most of all we haven’t brought it upon ourselves as women, teenagers, adolescents. And in my case, being a child. I urge you to not stay silent.”

She had a word of appreciation for men who are encouraging women to speak up. “Not all men think this way. When I see men giving a big push to this movement, I know the battle isn’t lost,” Kashyap wrote.

Meanwhile, Versova police started a probe into the complaint application that they received on Saturday night from actor-model Kate Sharma alleging molestation by producer-director Subhash Ghai. “No FIR has been registered. Based on the probe report, further action will be decided,” said senior inspector Ravindra Badgujar. Sharma alleged that Ghai threatened to not launch her in his picture if she left his house that day.

Ghai tweeted in response: “I am a great supporter of the #MeToo movement and women empowerment but I hope that those taking undue advantage of the movement do not end up diluting it for their own short time fame. I feel grief if some one trying to harm my reputation. Anyway my lawyers will take care of the matter.”

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Sajid Khan accused of sexual harassment by three women #MeToo

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Three women — actor Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and journalist Karishma Upadhyay — have told their tales of sexual harassment at the hands of director Sajid Khan.

Sajid Khan is known for his films like the Housefull series and Humshakals.(HT Photo)

As India’s #MeToo movement gains momentum, the latest in the long line of well known personalities to be accused of sexual harassment is director Sajid Khan, known for his films such as Housefull and Humshakals. Incidentally, he is the brother of another famous director, Farah Khan. Three women have spoken about the harassment they faced at the hands of Sajid. These include actor Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and a journalist.

Saloni wrote in harrowing detail of harassment she faced at his hands, which included talk of whether she would ever get a breast job done, how sex was really a mental connection and how she was foolish in thinking that casting couch was about one-time sex and that it would end after that and how he wanted her to be a director’s assistant and not an assistant director.

Saloni Chopra@redheadchopra

I finally decided to share my story with you. Writing this was like re-living all that horrible past I’d chosen to let go of, but I knew if I don’t today, I may never. So here’s https://medium.com/@salonichopra/after-all-the-years-of-silence-heres-metoo-9818ebac15e2?source=linkShare-8a7a8153bc79-1539263103 

After all the years of silence, here’s #metoo – Saloni Chopra – Medium

I have been finding it really hard to put my thoughts into words. It’s often confusing and confronting and difficult to address the abuse…

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“It took me years to get over the trauma he put me through. I was so scared around the people I worked with. And I’m sure he’s done this to so many other girls, I just want them to know they’re not alone. It’s been 7 years, and it’s about time I said it out loud,” Saloni wrote in her post.

Check out her complete story here.

Rachel has also spoken at length about her trauma in a series of tweets. Retweeting Chopra’s tweet, she explained that during the making of Humshakals, Sajid asked her to come to his home, stared at her breasts and asked her to strip on the pretext that her role in the film required her to be in a bikini. She wrote: “I was in a white vest and blue denims and still felt I was standing nude with that gaze. What happens next is that he finishes his cardio and walks up to me asking me about my b**bs and making that kind of conversation. I didn’t bother to answer to anything.”

When she said that her bikini shots were a part of her portfolio, he continued to insist. That’s when she said that she was ready to do so at his office, but not his home, to which he replied that people are okay about it, implying that she mustn’t resist. “After that he asks me to strip for him bcoz there were scenes in a bikini and he needed to see how I looked. I replied saying “there are pics of me in bikinis sent to u,I think that should good for u” n wen he insisted I said “I’m ready to parade ur office in a bikini nt at home.”

Saloni Chopra@redheadchopra

I finally decided to share my story with you. Writing this was like re-living all that horrible past I’d chosen to let go of, but I knew if I don’t today, I may never. So here’s https://medium.com/@salonichopra/after-all-the-years-of-silence-heres-metoo-9818ebac15e2?source=linkShare-8a7a8153bc79-1539263103 

After all the years of silence, here’s #metoo – Saloni Chopra – Medium

I have been finding it really hard to put my thoughts into words. It’s often confusing and confronting and difficult to address the abuse…

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Rachel White

@whitespeaking

I believe you @redheadchopra I was sent by my agency then to meet Sajid Khan during Humshakals. Right after my agency told me about the meeting Sajid called me within the next 5 mins and said the meeting would be at his house opp iskon Juhu.

Saloni Chopra@redheadchopra

I finally decided to share my story with you. Writing this was like re-living all that horrible past I’d chosen to let go of, but I knew if I don’t today, I may never. So here’s https://medium.com/@salonichopra/after-all-the-years-of-silence-heres-metoo-9818ebac15e2?source=linkShare-8a7a8153bc79-1539263103 

After all the years of silence, here’s #metoo – Saloni Chopra – Medium

I have been finding it really hard to put my thoughts into words. It’s often confusing and confronting and difficult to address the abuse…

medium.com

Rachel White

@whitespeaking

I stood like an idiot in one corner of the bedroom wondering where to sit and he was on one side on the treadmill. I clearly rem this episode. When he saw me walk in he goes “pls come this side” all smiling . I walk up towards the treadmill . He was directly staring down at me

Saloni Chopra@redheadchopra

I finally decided to share my story with you. Writing this was like re-living all that horrible past I’d chosen to let go of, but I knew if I don’t today, I may never. So here’s https://medium.com/@salonichopra/after-all-the-years-of-silence-heres-metoo-9818ebac15e2?source=linkShare-8a7a8153bc79-1539263103 

After all the years of silence, here’s #metoo – Saloni Chopra – Medium

I have been finding it really hard to put my thoughts into words. It’s often confusing and confronting and difficult to address the abuse…

medium.com

Rachel White

@whitespeaking

I was in a white vest and blue denims and still felt I was standing nude with that gaze. What happens next is that he finishes his cardio and walks up to me asking me about my boobs and making that kind of conversation. I didn’t bother to answer to anything.

Saloni Chopra@redheadchopra

I finally decided to share my story with you. Writing this was like re-living all that horrible past I’d chosen to let go of, but I knew if I don’t today, I may never. So here’s https://medium.com/@salonichopra/after-all-the-years-of-silence-heres-metoo-9818ebac15e2?source=linkShare-8a7a8153bc79-1539263103 

After all the years of silence, here’s #metoo – Saloni Chopra – Medium

I have been finding it really hard to put my thoughts into words. It’s often confusing and confronting and difficult to address the abuse…

medium.com

Rachel White

@whitespeaking

After that he asks me to strip for him bcoz there were scenes in a bikini and he needed to see how I looked. I replied saying “there are pics of me in bikinis sent to u,I think that should good for u” n wen he insisted I said “I’m ready to parade ur office in a binkini nt at home

A journalist, Karishma Upadhyay, on Twitter too narrated her tale of harassment by Sajid, who flashed his penis at her during the course of an interview. Speaking about it, she wrote: “The first time I interviewed Sajid Khan in the early 2000s, he called me to the house he shared w/ his sister. Thru the interview he talked about how large his penis is & how he knew how to satisfy a woman.”

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Sajid Khan has preyed on women in the industry for years. Here’s my story.

She added that she had to work with him again while she was working with a music channel.

“A few years later, I had to work with Sajid when I was at MTV. Initially, I wanted to find a way to not work on that show. Then I realised, why should I let go of an opportunity because a man can’t keep his d**k in his pants. At the end of the first meeting, I forewarned him about behaving himself. I’ll never forget what he said to me, ‘You are fatter than you used to be. I won’t touch you with a barge pole.’ And then he laughed.”

In the last two weeks, since the time Tanushree Dutta came out with details of harassment she faced on the sets of a 2008 film, Horn OK Pleassss, at the hands of veteran actor Nana Patekar, scores of women have spoken up in what is being seen as India’s #MeToo. Prominent among them have been writer-producer Vinta Nanda, actors Sandhya Mridul and Deepika Amin who have accused actor Alok Nath of harassment; an anonymous woman has accused veteran director Subhash Ghai of drugging and raping her; singer Sona Mohapatra has accused singer Kailash Kher and music composer Anu Malik of harassment and at least three women have spoken their ordeal at the hands of director Rajat Kapoor. Queen director Vikas Bahl has been accused by three women, including actor Kangana Ranaut of sexual harassment.

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Akshay Kumar cancels shoot of

Housefull 4 after #MeToo allegations against Sajid Khan, Nana Patekar

Actor Akshay Kumar has cancelled today’s shoot of the upcoming comedy, Housefull 4, after sexual harassment allegations against its producer Sajid Khan were brought to light by three women on Thursday night.

BOLLYWOOD Updated: Oct 12, 2018 12:05 IST

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Hindustan Times
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Akshay Kumar has cancelled the shoot for the upcoming film Housefull 4.

Actor Akshay Kumar, who just returned to India from Italy, has cancelled the October 12 (Friday) shoot of Housefull 4, which was slated to take place in Mumbai, after grave sexual harassment allegations against the film’s director Sajid Khan surfaced on Thursday. A source close to the production house has told HT that the decision also involved the consideration that one of the actors in the under-production film is Nana Patekar, who was also accused of sexual harassment by Tanushree Dutta.

Read| Sajid Khan accused of sexual harassment by three women. Read details here

“Akshay is known to be a disciplinarian and has never cancelled a shoot in his 28-year career. This is the first time that he has decided to cancel a shoot, perhaps because the #Metoo movement just cannot be ignored.The allegations made against Sajid Khan and Nana Patekar are both serious and grave in nature,” the source informs us. Meanwhile, according to a report in Bollywoodlife, Sajid Khan is likely to be sacked as the film’s director.

Yesterday evening, as many as three women — actor Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and journalist Karishma Upadhyay — had shared their tales of sexual harassment at the hands of Sajid Khan. All the victims have revealed their identity to the media and spelt out details of how they were harassed by Khan, the brother of choreographer-director Farah Khan, and director of films such as Humshakals, Himmatwala and Heyy Baby.

Housefull 4 is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and 70% of the shooting of the film has already been done in London and Jaisalmer.

of sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss. Tanushree recalled the incident recently, which gave India its Me Too Moment. Following allegations against Nana Patekar, many victims have come out and shamed their sexual predators irrespective of how powerful they might be.

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Tanushree Dutta’s FIR Against Nana Patekar: What Happened In 2008

Witness saw Nana trying to touch me: Tanushree

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In her 40-page complaint, actor Tanushree Dutta told Oshiwara police on Wednesday that actor Daisy Shah, who was an assistant choreographer then, had witnessed veteran actor Nana Patekar trying to touch her during rehearsals for a song in 2008. “Shah will be one of the witnesses in the case and she will be called to record her statement,” said an Oshiwara police officer.

The recording of Dutta’s statement lasted over five hours at Oshiwara police station. An FIR was registered against Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddique and director Rakesh Saarang—all of whom were involved in the making of the movie ‘Horn OK Please’.

Oshiwara police will gather evidence in the form of statements from witnesses, including those present on the sets before taking further action and sending summons to the four. They will also ask their Goregaon counterparts why they had not added Patekar’s name in the FIR in 2008. Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Manjunath Singe told TOI: “Oshiwara police registered an FIR against the four accused on Wednesday. The probe has begun and action will be taken accordingly. A case under IPC sections 354 (outraging modesty) and 509 (a word, a gesture or an act intended to outrage modesty) has been registered against the four.”

Tanushree says the film shoot began on March 23 and Nana Patekar stayed on the sets during a song shooting even though his part was long over.

Tanushree Dutta's FIR Against Nana Patekar: What Happened In 2008

Nana Patekar allegedly told the choreographer and other artists to back away. (File)

NEW DELHI: In her FIR or police complaint in Mumbai, former actor Tanushree Dutta alleges that senior actor Nana Patekar grabbed her arm and pushed her on the pretext of teaching her dance moves and touched her “indecently and unnecessarily” in front of everybody on the sets of 2008 film ‘Horn OK Pleasss’. The 34-year-old alleges that when she complained to the director, producer and choreographer of the film about Nana Patekar’s behavior, they reassured her but later tried to force her to perform an intimate dance step with Nana Patekar.

The police have named all four in the First Information Report (FIR) – Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang.

Tanushree says the film shoot began on March 23 and Nana Patekar stayed on the sets during a song shooting even though his part was long over.

The alleged harassment took place on the fourth day of the shoot on March 26, she says.

“In between the shots, there were around 100 supporting staff including junior artists, dancers and others and Nana Patekar, against my will and consent, started grabbing me by the arms and pushing me around on the pretext of teaching me how to dance, even though he is not the choreographer… he was touching (me) indecently and unnecessary in front of everybody, but nobody objected and all were complicit in this behavior by being silent spectators,” she alleges.

I felt very uncomfortable because of his behavior mentioned above and he has outraged my modesty I felt embarrassed like this his behavior was inappropriate towards me.”

Nana Patekar allegedly told the choreographer and other artists to back away so he could teach her steps.

The ex-actor says she was “getting very disturbed, distracted and uncomfortable”.

After her complaint, she was assured that “everything will be fine” but she was allegedly called back to the sets and informed by the choreographer that “new steps” had been added – without her consent, knowledge and will – which were intimate and included Nana Patekar touching her inappropriately.

She says she went to her van as “they were harassing me physically and mentally” and it was difficult to bear. She called her parents and wanted to go home.

She says that some political party workers started assaulting and damaging her car while she and her family were trying to leave the venue. “All these violent people who were attacking my car had come to support Nana Patekar as they were very angry at me for refusing to do dance step with him”.

After the incident, says Tanushree, she was under tremendous shock and suffered psychological trauma, “unable to take up work and suffered huge monetary loss in crores of rupees”.

In 2008, Tanushree’s father Tapan Kumar Dutta had filed an FIR when she allegedly underwent the ordeal and her car was attacked while exiting the sets of ‘Horn Ok Pleasss

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Aamir Khan steps away from film- #MeToo fallout

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Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao issued a statement late on Wednesday.

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on Wednesday stepped away from a film, as “someone” associated with it has been accused of sexual misconduct.

Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao, who run production company Aamir Khan Productions, issued a statement late on Wednesday.

“Two weeks ago, when traumatic #MeToo stories began emerging, it was brought to our attention that someone we were about to begin work with has been accused of sexual misconduct. Upon enquiry we found that this particular case is sub judice, and that the legal process is in motion.

“We are not an investigative agency, nor are we in any position to pass judgment on anyone — that is for the police and judiciary to do. So, without casting any aspersions on anyone involved in this case, and without coming to any conclusions about these specific allegations, we have decided to step away from this film,” read the statement posted by Aamir in Twitter.

The power couple said they do not want their action to reflect in any manner on the people involved in this case.

While Aamir did not name the person or the film, it is noteworthy that filmmaker Subhash Kapoor, who was roped in to direct the Gulshan Kumar biopic — to be co-produced by Aamir Khan Productions — has been accused of molestation by an actress in 2014.

Aamir and Kiran said that as creative people, they have been committed to foregrounding and finding solutions to social issues.

“At Aamir Khan Productions, we have always had a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour of any kind.

“We strongly condemn any act of sexual harassment, and equally we condemn any and all false accusations in such cases,” the joint statement read.

They believe the #MeToo movement, which has led to people openly calling out those who have indulged in sexual harassment, is an opportunity for the film industry to introspect and take concrete steps towards change.

“For far too long, women have faced the brunt of sexual exploitation. It has to stop. In this regard, we are committed to doing any and everything to make our film industry a safe and happy one to work in.”

Kiran is also the Chairperson of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, which has dropped two movies — Rajat Kapoor’s “Kadakh” and AIB’s “Chintu Ka Birthday” — from its line-up in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against the actor-filmmaker and some members of the comedy collective.

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Filmmaker Subhash Ghai accused of drugging, raping woman- #MeToo

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai has been accused of drugging and raping a former employee.

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Subhash Ghai is known for directing films such as Karz, Ram Lakhan and Hero.

Director Subhash Ghai has been accused of sexual assault by an anonymous woman on Twitter, the latest in a wave of accusations against prominent media personalities that is being described as India’s MeToo movement.

Sharing screenshots of a private conversation on Twitter, writer Mahima Kukreja, who has shared similar accounts in the past, wrote that the alleged victim was a ‘credible media/lit personality’. The anonymous accuser’s profile on Twitter has blue tick of verification can be spotted above her name.

The accuser told Mahima that the incident happened when she was ‘working with Subhash Ghai on a film’.

“He said he would be my mentor and would guide me in the film industry. I listened cos I had no Godfather in the film industry and no friends. I was new to Mumbai. But I was hungry to learn and to prove to my parents that being a director was my true calling,” the accuser wrote.

“In the beginning he would take me to music recordings and I’d have to sit there till very late at night with other male members. No one did anything in front of him. When recordings finished I took an auto home or he would drop me. He slowly started putting his hand on my thigh, giving me a big hug saying I did good that day. Then he’d call me to script sessions at his small apartment In Lokhandwala. This was where he said he’d do script sessions with other actresses. When I went there though there was no one and he was alone In his two bedroom place. This was not the house he stayed with his wife. This was he said his thinking pad. Instead of script session he started talking about how he was so misunderstood in the industry and only I was the one who loved him. He pretended to weep, and put his head on my lap. Then when he was getting up he kissed me forcefully. I was shocked and left that day,” she continued.

“The next day in office he said lovers have tiffs. And I should just get on with work. I had no other job, no financial security, no family. I let it go cos I was scared and I told only the first AD and my two other girl friends who I don’t want to name bcos they have their own cross to bear with him as he tried things with them as well,” the messages continued.

“One evening after a music session it became late again and he decided to have a drink. He used to love whiskey. His driver Babu used to have a ready stash in the car. No one used to check. He gave me a drink as well it was spiked. After that I remember getting into his car and I thought he was dropping me home. But he made Babu drive to Lonavala. I was in and out of consciousness but I remember clearly and I swear on my child that I asked him where are we going and please take me home. He took me to Fariyas hotel. He said he went there regularly to write. They always had a suite available for him. I was wobbly but he held me n took me to the suite. He took off my jeans and he mounted me. I was trying to scream but he put his hand over my mouth. I was also not very lucid bcos of the drug in my drink. So I cried and passed out. Next morning remember he had ordered some toast and was having breakfast when I woke up. The sofas were red and musty. The sunlight streamed in from the windows to my right. I vomited,” the accuser continued.

“He dropped me home. I took a few days off and a person from his team called to say I wouldn’t be paid for the month if I quit now. So I went back to work and gave my resignation a week later.”

The accuser said that after that “I’ve never seen him or spoken to him” but “once he was shooting somewhere n I was traveling with some friends along that route n we briefly spurred on the sets. The entire crew knew me. But I was so uncomfortable that I left immediately. These things never go away. But hey it happened to me too.”

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Singer Sona Mohapatra accuses Kailash Kher and Anu Malik of sexual harassment #MeToo

Singer Sona Mohapatra, in an interview with us, has revealed that she faced harassment at the hands of music composer Anu Malik. On Wednesday night, she had called out Malik publicly (on Instagram), for harassing her. Now the 42-year-old singer has given out details of various incidents, which include Malik repeatedly calling her at unearthly hours and calling her “maal” in front of her husband Ram Sampath.

“The first time I met Anu Malik was in October 2006 for the rehearsals of MTV Lycra Style Awards. He invited both Ram and me for lunch at the ITC Grand Maratha, since he had worked with Ram as a youngster. (Malik) didn’t know we were married and the moment I went to the rest room, he made a lewd comment — ‘Kya Maal hai Sampath’,” alleges Mohapatra.

“Subsequently, Anu (Malik) used to call up randomly, at strange hours, leave missed calls or once in a while, if I picked up, [he would] awkwardly talk incessantly about strange things. I stopped taking his calls because I felt [there was] no need to tolerate this for the hope of singing a song for him. [It] was in 2007 – 2008. It’s been really long and I just remember feeling awkward and uncomfortable,” she adds.

When contacted, Ram Sampath, who is also a music composer, concurred that Anu Malik used to call his wife at uncordial hours and confirmed he referred to her as “maal” at the said event in 2006.

“In 2011, Ram was a music director on a Yash Raj film, Luv Ka The End. A very talented singer, Suman Sridhar, sang a song titled Tonight. Anu (Malik) loved her singing and asked for her number. Our studio passed it on thinking it would benefit her career. Sridhar started calling me with tales of persistent calls, messages and harassment from Anu at strange hours. She is a girl close to his [Malik] daughter’s age, not that age has ever mattered. I did my best to advise her, but beyond a point, I didn’t know what to do, so I told her just to avoid him,” recalls Mohapatra.

“I remember Sridhar telling me that she was worried about her security because she used to get calls from unknown numbers from him and did not know which ones to avoid,” she adds.

When asked if she plans to file a legal complaint about the same, Mohapatra informs, “No. I would have to file too many, if this is a trigger to file a complaint.”

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Actor Emraan Hashmi to include a sexual harassment clause in his contracts from now on #MeToo

Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi, who will be seen next in the upcoming film Cheat India, reacted to the MeToo campaign and emphasised on the importance of having a sexual harassment clause in contracts.

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Emraan Hashmi on including a sexual harassment clause in his contract and that of his crew, which will safeguard women, while men will be forewarned to not cross the

Even as more skeletons tumble out of the #MeToo closet, Emraan Hashmi informs Mirror that from his conversations with lawyers and his own experiences on agreements with different production houses, he has decided to add a sexual harassment clause to his contracts from now on, along with other clauses relating to confidentiality and termination. While he has yet to work out the modalities and legalities, the actor asserts that the clauses incorporate the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013.

“Such clauses are already in contracts in several industries, including MNCs. No film production company has enforced it so far, but with the #MeToo movement that started a decade ago, picking up steam in the West last year and inching towards India, with someone being outed almost every hour on the social media, such clauses have become imperative. In my company at least, it will include both male and female cast and crew members,” says the actor who has recently jumped into production and collaborated with Bhusan Kumar, Atul Kasbekar and Tanuj Garg on a film on education scams, Cheat India.

Pointing out that there’s still some amount of confusion about what amounts to sexual harassment, with several companies in the West having their own laws, a certain amount of anxiety has crept into a large section of the male population with reactions being very subjective. “For some women, a mildly flirtatious remark could be tantamount to sexual harassment. Men are on tenterhooks because what is said in jest, can be misconstrued and one could be fried. In the circumstances, lying down a universal moral code on the film set, dictated by the government’s guidelines, is the need of the hour. This will safeguard the interests of women and men will be forewarned so they don’t cross the line,” Emraan reasons.

The movement has already displaced big names like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby in the West, and with more and more women speaking up on the social media, the press picking up their stories and putting it out in the public domain, the #MeToo tsumani is sweeping the world. Pointing out that ours is a maledominated society, the actor-filmmaker reasons that misogyny is not just hatred and hostility towards women, it’s also about rewarding those who maintain the status quo while controlling and punishing those who challenge male dominance. “In this scenario, this movement is a great start. It’s our moral responsibility to protect women who have been at the receiving end for way too long but while most of the voices are speaking the truth, along with devious men, there are devious women with agendas too, who can use it against a man who has ticked them off in the past,” he says.

Reiterating that anyone in a position of power who uses it to exploit someone, is guilty of sexual harassment, he says that while it’s only right that the law favours a woman and protects her, there is need for some correction or revision because with men could also be vulnerable. “If there are male bosses, there are female bosses too,” he argues.

Actors are even more vulnerable since a dance move, an intimate scene or even an on-screen kiss can put them at a risk. Is that cause for worry? “No, I don’t expect any surprises because I have only ever done what the script demanded and what the director wanted. There was always a clear and open dialogue with the writer, director and my co-star before an intimate scene during which the duration and aesthetics would be discussed. If the lady had a problem, we would try to resolve it. If she was still uncomfortable, I would suggest we remove it. Even if it was okay with her, we would first agree on what was required before the shot was taken so there was no way I would do something out of line and not on the page,” he informs, pointing out that on a film set, the woman is always a minority, surrounded by a 100 men behind the camera, all physically stronger than her. “It’s tough on her and plays on her psyche which is why it’s important that we are sensitive and empathetic to her. A woman knows when a man is out of line.”

Should a woman, who he has known for years, come to him with a sexual harassment case, what would be his advice? “I’d back her and urge her to speak up because by being silent she is adding to her trauma and the person is free to exploit 10 others down the line. Nothing remains behind closed doors anymore. Everyone is accountable and has to abide by the law,” he asserts.

Down the years, many relationships have blossomed in the workplace. But will this movement mean the end of office romance?

“I don’t think so, we’ve not reached such a darak place yet. Romance can never die. But yes, men will be more cautious now, test the waters before they dive in. Sometimes they can get pushy, and that’s the problem. The body never lies. If a touch or a hug feels creepy, you know there’s something amiss,” he warns.

Would he be interested in making a film on the subject? “If I can get a good script… I’m interested in things that are relevant and rooted in reality,” he concludes.

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Singer Abhijeet Says #MeToo Accusers Are Only Fat, Ugly Women #WTFnews

At one point, the news anchor interviewing singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya was forced to call the singer’s response as “textbook misogyny”. But believe me, it was way, way worse than that.

In the past few days, the #MeToo movement has been a sort of fumigation of the pestilence that has infected different industries in India, whether it’s entertainment, journalism or the corporate world.

And you can say, it was a long time coming.

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What began with Tanushree Dutta‘s bold move to call out her alleged harasser Nana Patekar after a decade unleashed a tidal wave that has been washing away sexual predators of all kinds.

From comedian Utsav Chakraborty to director Vikas Bahl, from actor Rajat Kapoorto journalist Gautam Adhikari, from the sanskaari babuji Alok Nath to Minister M J Akbar—the allegations can make one sick to their stomach.

Adding another name to that list, a flight attendant on Tuesday alleged that Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya sexually harassed her.

According to Indian Express, the incident occured some 20 years ago in a pub in Kolkata where the woman alleges that Abhijeet was “almost kissing and nibbling me on my left ear.”

However, when approached by the media to respond to these allegations, Abhijeet Bhattacharya managed to make an even more ridiculous statement than the response from fellow accused Alok Nath.

We weren’t sure if such a travesty was possible, but here’s what Abhijeet had to say to Indian Express about the incident that happened two decades ago:

“I WASN’T BORN AT THAT TIME.”

To put things into perspective, that came from a man who is 60 years of age. And it makes Shakti Kapoor’s “I was a kid then” remark about the Tanushree Dutta incident in 2009 sound like a mature statement!

“Somebody told me over the call. I was not born at that time. I have never gone to pubs in my life. You’ll never find me at any page 3 or filmy parties. My name sells. If someone’s benefiting from it, good. Sometimes earning their bread and butter with my name, it’s fine.”

 

We’d be damned if the mockery ended with just that comment!

The singer went all the way to discredit the #MeToo movement and insult the survivors who were calling their harassers out!

“I DON’T KNOW AGAINST WHOM SHOULD I TAKE ACTION. WHY SHOULD I GIVE ATTENTION TO THAT PERSON? YOU ARE GIVING IT IMPORTANCE NOT ME.”

If you feel like the above response deserves a round of applause, hold it! Because the video of his interview might just be deserving of a standing ovation!

Despite the correspondent’s repeated attempts to remind Abhijeet that the matter wasn’t a joke and his comments were downright degrading to the survivors, the singer continues to toot his “I don’t care” horn and insult the women.

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‘Listen to me, I don’t care about all this’, says Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya in conversation with TIMES NOW’s @siddhantvm Jolts India

His repeated usage of the words ‘fat’ and ‘ugly’ for the survivors has left everyone stumped, including a panel of women and the moderator who were discussing it on live television!

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‘Would he (Abhijeet Bhattacharya) have liked these allegations coming in from prettier women’, says @neetipalta, Comedian Jolts India

The entire charade might just give you the idea that it is not the women, but rather the accused men with their absurd responses that are seeking attention. Or maybe trying to divert it from their alleged crimes? Either way, these ridiculous statements are doing them no good. Because right now, a lot of people are simply thinking…

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‘Listen to me, I don’t care about all this’, says Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya in conversation with TIMES NOW’s @siddhantvm Jolts India pic.twitter.com/af4ISxhIOP

Pooja Mallick@poojappm30

his conduct shows, the woman might be true, what a disappointment for d society, and as a man.

Indeed, a colossal disappointment.

Singer Abhijeet Denies Harassment Allegations, Says #MeToo Accusers Are Only Fat, Ugly Women

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