After the #MeToo movement in Bollywood has got the better of director Vikas Bahl, another director who has gifted us countless hits, is in a similar situation. We are talking about filmmaker Subhash Ghai who has been accused of drugging and raping a woman who worked with her on a film in the past.
The woman has alleged anonymously that the director forcefully kissed her after calling her over to his ‘thinking pad’, a small place where he did not use to live with his wife. The anonymous post was shared by writer Mahima Kukreja.
The woman also claimed that the Ghai tried to take sexual advantage of her by trying to put his hands on her thigh and kissing her forcefully. According to the woman, Ghai used to drop her home sometimes after music recording sessions when he put his hands on her thigh lauding her for her performance.
“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.”
According to india.com, the woman also narrated the incidents at Ghai’s ‘thinking pad’ where he used to call her over. Going by the words of the woman, Ghai used to lie to her that he’d do script sessions with other actresses in that apartment but she found no one else there on reaching. the director even used to put his head on her lap and kissed her forcibly, said the woman.
“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.”
Now, this was not all. The woman further wrote about the most horrifying incident of her life when Ghai took her to Fariyas Hotel and raped her. The woman alleged that Ghai opened her jeans and mounted her but she couldn’t do anything as while taking her to the hotel Ghai gave her a drink which was spiked.
“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.”
TW: drugging and raping. About Shubash Ghai. Told personally by the woman who faced the trauma. She’s also a very credible media/lit personality. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/YVMRZSpQc6
— Mahima Kukreja (@AGirlOfHerWords) October 11, 2018
However, Ghai as rubbished all the allegations in an official statement and claimed himself to be always respectful towards women. The statement read:
“As I hear some allegation made against me in the air from a section of media, I state hereby to the best of my truth. It’s very sad that it’s becoming a fashion to malign anyone known, bringing some stories from the past without any truth or half-truth. I deny strictly and firmly all false allegation like these. I have always respected every woman in my life and at workplace whatsoever. We live with dignity and respect other’s dignity always.”
Well, the #MeToo movement has quite rightly hit Bollywood hard and Ghai is one of the latest members to be accused. But looking at all the allegations one thing is for sure that its high time the country needs a real change in its mentality.