MeToo movement: Indian celebrities who got accused of sexual harassment
Me Too movement is gaining momentum in Bollywood. Several B-town actresses andshowbiz personalities have come forward to bash their co-stars or co-workers for misbehaving with them at the workplace. While some of the culprits have made written apology, others have refused to accept the allegations made on them.
Let’s check out the list of celebs who got accused of physical harassment:
1) Nana Patekar
‘Tanushree Dutta’ made accusation of sexual harassment against her Horn Ok Please co-star ‘Nana Patekar’. However, Nana and Horn Ok Please team has continuously denied the allegation and the veteran actor even sent legal notice to Tanushree. While the actress has spoken to several publications against Nana, the actor has refused to discuss incident at the press conference.
2) Vivek Agnihotri
Besides Nana, Tanushree has also accused Chocolate fame director ‘Vivek Agnihotri’ for misbehaving with her at the workplace. The actress stated in an interview to IANS that Vivek asked her to strip and dance on set of the film. However, Vivek’s lawyer has not only denied the allegations but also referred the case as frivolous.
3) Vikas Bahl
‘Vikas Bahl’ made a woman-centric superhit film ‘Queen’ starring ‘Kangana Ranaut’ in the lead role. In an interview to IANS, Kangana stated, “The director would bury his face in my neck and hold me really tight.” Vikas was also accused of misconduct at Phantom Films party in Goa a couple of years ago. Phantom films got dissolved due to allegations of sexual harassment against Vikas.
4) Utsav Chakraborty
Mumbai comedian ‘Utsav Chakraborty’ got accused of sending filthy messages to women. He used to request topless pictures from girls. After denying the allegations, the standup comedian quickly apologized when he came to know about the possible police investigation on his misconduct. Utsav tweeted: “It’s a little too late now but I am sorry. I have been trying to fight this monster all my life.”
5) Chetan Bhagat
The whole India was in shock when a woman leaked whatsapp conversation between her and India’s top selling author ‘Chetan Bhagat’. Unlike other culprits, Chetan accepted his mistake and published a written apology to the woman and also his wife on his official Facebook page.
6) Rajat Kapoor
The versatile actor ‘Rajat Kapoor’ got accused of sexual harassment by two women. Journalist shared telephonic conversation between her and Rajat in which the actor stated: “Are you as sexy as you sound?” and “Tell me your vital stats.” Another journalist 'Katherine Filaseta' accused Rajat of calling her 17 times and cursing her for not attending the calls.
Rajat posted an apology on Twitter in which he promised that he would work hard to be a better human.
Rajat tweeted: All my life I have tried to be a decent man, to do the right thing. If however, I have slipped and through my actions or words caused pain or hurt or trauma to absolutely anybody, please accept my apology.
7) Kailash Kher
A female journalist referred to the singer ‘Kailash Kher’ as creep because he used to keep his hand continuously on her thigh during conversation. The singer refuted the allegation made on him, he still made an apology in case his action hurted the journalist.
Kailash stated in an interview to IANS: "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."
8) Zulfi Syed
Besides Kailash, the same female photo-journalist 'Natasha Hemrajani' accused Bigg Boss fame 'Zulfi Syed' of sexual harassment. She along with her colleague were invited to shoot an event on a cruise liner. Natasha accidentally left her cellphone in Zulfi's room. She asked Zulfi if she could collect her phone from his room and both of them walked down the ship to his room. Zulfi started kissing Natasha but the journalist somehow managed to escape the sexual assault.
It seems that there are many dark secrets waiting to be unfolded. What do you have to say about MeToo movement in Bollywood? Share your views in the comments.