The #MeToo campaign which started in October last year may be wearing down now, but accusations are still emerging. Popular filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani is one of the biggest names yet from Bollywood to suffer from these charges. A yarn of sexual harassment accusation has shaken the Indian film industry since October 2018, when actress Tanushree Dutta blamed actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment at the sets of the movie ‘Horn Ok Please’, she claimed that Nana Patekar has harassed her while shooting for an item song. She used social media to be heard by the public and the charges flew intermittently.
Here is mentioned a few A-listed Bollywood personalities who are accused of sexual misconduct:
1. Rajkumar Hirani
The ace director, Rajkumar Hirani, who has made some tremendous films like, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots, PK and many more, is accused of sexual harassment by a woman, she claims that the director harassed her during the shooting of the highest grossing film of 2018, Sanju. She says the director molested her between the months of March and September last year during the making of the biopic of actor Sanjay Dutt. Hirani has disagreed to the statement given by the woman. He told his side of the story through an official statement.
“I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back. I had suggested immediately that it is essential to take this matter to any committee or any legal body. The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead. I want to very strongly state that this is a false malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation”.
2. Nana Patekar
Nana Patekar was the first member from our film industry to get trapped by #MeToo. Tanushree Dutta, Nana’s co-actor in his 2008 film, ‘Horn Ok Please’ incriminated him of sexual assault during the making of the film. With confessing this on the social media, she also filed an FIR against Nana. Though the veteran actor has denied Dutta’s allegations.
3. Alok Nath
People across the nation were stunned when Vinta Nanda, a TV writer, and director accused him of rape. Alok Nath, who is popular for portraying the roles of cultured, traditional middle-class Indian men are now blamed for raping a woman. Actresses like Sandhya Mridul and Deepika Amin also showed their support for Vinta. Recently, in this month, the court claimed that the falsifying of the actor can not by ward off.
4. Vikas Bahl
One of the best directors, Vikas Bahl, who made some amazing films like Shaandar and Queen was blamed for sexually assaulting one of his woman employee of Phantom films. She claimed, that the director insisted on dropping her to her room and molested her in a drunken state, this incident happened when the crew of the film Bombay Velvet had flown to Goa for promotions. The queen actress, Kangana Ranaut also spoke up and said that Bahl would, “bury his face in my neck and hold me really tight”.
5. Kailash Kher
The veteran singer Kailash Kher was incriminated of sexually assaulting a journalist who told the media that he misbehaved with her during some interview. Singer Sona Mohapatra also supported her by accusing the singer of molesting her a number of times.
Kailash made an apology on 8th October by making this statement:
“For all those who know me and have come across me, will know how much I respect humanity, especially women, even more for the ones who work in media since their work is difficult.”
“I am almost all the time in my own simple world, but in case anyone has taken or thought something differently about anything, then it is my sincere apology. My devotion to music makes me who I am and I am thankful for all the love and support.”