‘Sanskaari’ Alok Nath raped and brutalised me, reveals ‘Tara’ producer Vinita Nanda
The #MeToo movement has slowly started to show results in Bollywood as many actresses are coming up with their incidents revealing the dark side of the industry. It all started with Tanushree Dutta opening up about veteran actor Nana Patekar, claiming that the later had sexually harassed her back in the year 2008. Similarly, Kangana Ranaut also came forward to accuse director Vikas Bahl of sexual harassment.
Now in another incident, veteran writer-producer Vinita Nanda has accused actor Alok Nath, who is known for his “sanskaari” on-screen image, of sexually violating her almost two decades ago.
The writer-producer did not take any name when she took it to Facebook to reveal the incident. But her word ‘sanskaari’ was enough for us to figure out who she was pointing at. But she later confirmed the same to IANS via SMS saying:
“It is Alok Nath. I thought saying ‘sanskaari’ would do the needful.”
According to India Today, the producer of the famous 1990 show ‘Tara’, also claimed that Alok, who is known for portraying a stereotypical Indian father, personifying religious traditions and moral values in films and TV shows, harassed the lead actress too who was not interested in him.
“He was an alcoholic, shameless and obnoxious but he was also the television star of that decade, so not only was he forgiven for all his bad behaviour, many of the guys would also egg him on to be his worst”
Narrating the worst incident of her life she recalled the night when she was returning from a party at Alok’s place where her drinks were mixed.
“I started to walk home on the empty streets… Midway I was accosted by this man who was driving his own car and he asked me to sit in it and said he would drop me home. I trusted him and sat in his car.
“I have faint memory after that. I can remember more liquor being poured into my mouth and I remember being violated endlessly. When I woke up the next afternoon, I was in pain. I hadn’t just been raped, I was taken to my own house and had been brutalised.
“I couldn’t get up for my bed. I told some of my friends but everybody advised me to forget about it and move on.”
Later, the woman once again had to face Alok when she got a nod from Plus Channel to write and direct a series for them.
“The man found his way through the casting route and became one of the lead actors on the show. He created an environment in which I was made to feel threatened, so I asked the producers to release me from directing the series because I didn’t want to be around where he was.
“I continued to write the show.”
According to the woman, the main reason why it took her so long to open up about all these is that she says:
“He asked me to come to his house again and I went to allow him to violate me”.
“I needed the job and didn’t want to leave it as I needed the money. It was after this that I quit.”
The writer-producer asked all women who have fallen victim to predators to come out and speak. She feels this might bring about a change in this cruel world.
“Don’t hold yourselves back. This is a moment for change, so your silence will only hold barriers to its evolution. Speak out. Shout out from the top of the roof.”
Here is her entire post:
His wife was my best friend. We were in and out of each other’s homes, we belonged to the same group of friends, most…
It is outright shameful that we are getting to know so many incidents which clearly describe the situation of our country at the moment. While we expect more people to come up with their bit, the mentality of men in our country surely needs some brushing.