The #MeToo movement has been quite a rage in Bollywood lately and is still going strong as women are coming up with their stories that are unmasking several respected people in the industry. And the latest actor to open up about the dark side of the industry is veteran actor Dalip Tahil.
Dalip, who has acted in numerous Bollywood biggies like Baazigar, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Ram Lakhan, Mann, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke etc. said that once he was ordered by the director of a film to misbehave with the co-actress and tear off her clothes without her consent. The director also assured him of not informing the actress about the actions.
“Twenty-five years ago, I was doing a similar scene. It was one of those movies that had a rape scene. The director, whose name I won’t take, actually told me, ‘When you’re doing the scene, tear the girl’s clothes apart, do this and that, but we won’t tell her.’
The 65-year-old claimed that they were about to shoot a rape scene in the movie and was asked by the director to do indecent things. However, being a man of high morals, Tahil clearly refused to do the scene. Instead, he informed the actress, who was new, about the director’s plans which forced the director to run away.
I flatly refused! I said, ‘This is such an immoral thing to do.’ The girl was new, and she had to make a living. I went in the opposite direction: I called the girl and said, ‘Do you know this is what they’re planning to do?’ The director was aghast and almost ran away. The girl was so upset; she burst into tears and ran into a room.”
According to Deccan Chronicle, the newcomer broke down on getting to know about the director’s intentions and was consoled by Dalip and other members of the crew. The veteran actor also made sure that there was nothing that wasn’t planned to make the actress feel comfortable on the set.
“In those days, there were no mobile phones, only the raw stock camera, and the director would be in charge. He’d never do it (film her consent), so we got the girl to come out, told her that there would be nothing that wasn’t planned or out of her comfort zone, and we did it. For many years after that, I didn’t do such scenes, until now”
Take a bow, Sir! The industry certainly needs more people like you who know how to give women their deserved respect and can stand up against the wrong.