#MeToo: Tara writer-producer accuses Bollywood’s ‘most sanskaari person’ Alok Nath of rape

#MeToo: Tara writer-producer accuses Bollywood’s ‘most sanskaari person’ Alok Nath of rape

Alok Nath – known for his “sanskaari” on-screen image – of sexually violating her almost two decades ago.

A veteran writer-producer has accused actor Alok Nath – known for his “sanskaari” on-screen image – of sexually violating her almost two decades ago.

“I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years,” she wrote in a long, heart-wrenching Facebook post, referring to the “predator in question” as “the actor par excellence who is known as the most ‘sanskaari’ (cultured) person in the film and television industry”.

Her suggestive remarks like “sanskaari” and that the person concerned was the “lead actor” and a “television star of that decade” were good enough to make out that she was indeed pointing the finger at Alok.

Later, confirming the same to IANS via SMS, the film-maker said: “It is Alok Nath. I thought saying ‘sanskaari’ would do the needful.”

Alok is known for his roles as a stereotypical Indian father, personifying religious traditions and moral values in films and TV shows.

Ms Nanda’s terrifying story of trauma has received many responses, among them Richa Chadha, Swara Bhasker and Mini Mathur.

Vinta Nanda’s account begins on the set of Nineties show Tara, where the actor, Alok Nath, allegedly harassed lead actress Navneet Nishan.

He later turned on Ms Nanda. In a statement to NDTV on Tuesday, Ms Nishan, said she “stands by” Ms Nanda: “I support every woman and man who is standing up for herself/himself in the ‘MeToo’ movement. I empathise with Vinta for the terrible pain she has gone through; it is unimaginable.

I dealt with the four-year harassment by slapping the man in question and it is done and dusted. l suffered the loss of the show and was further shamed by the man through media and I endured that. I fought my battles there and then. I am immensely glad that the power trip and sexual dominance coming from this power is being called out. It is high time.”

Meanwhile on Twitter, Richa, who was one of the first celebrity voices to have supported Tanushree Dutta on social media, clearly had no adequate words while Swara Bhasker, who had also tweeted in Ms Dutta’s favour, wrote: “heart-wrenching.”

“This is so terrifying. How must she have dealt with this alone in the bloody 90s,” read a tweet from comedienne Mallika Dua, who had shared Ms Nanda’s post on her own time-line. “For heaven’s sake. To think someone as avante garde and ballsy as Vinta Nanda went through this torture and couldn’t speak up for 19 years! This makes me so sad and angry,” read a tweet from Mini Mathur.

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