Veteran TV writer-producer Vinta Nanda’s allegations against Alok Nath have stirred up a storm, right in the middle of the already raging fires of India’s #MeToo movement. And both have been a long time coming.
In her devastating Facebook post, the writer of ‘Tara’ did not just level rape allegations against Bollywood and television’s sanskaari Alok Nath. She also alleged that the lead actor of her show was also being harassed by the same man and everybody watched silently.
Nanda revealed how after the actor spoke up about it, Alok Nath was asked to leave the show. However, on his last day on set, he created a huge scene by showing up drunk.
“When the moment came and the camera rolled, he felt up our female lead and very viciously. My lead actress slapped him. We asked him to leave the sets and told him that he was not going to be on the show any longer.”
While Alok Nath, in an interview with a news channel, had given a rather ridiculous response to these alllegations, the female lead of ‘Tara’ that Nanda spoke about, Navneet Nishan, has chosen to speak up in support of Nanda.
Speaking to NDTV, Nishan stated that she empathised with what Vinta Nanda has gone through.
“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.”
She did not specifically take Alok Nath’s name in her statement, but alluded to him as the same man that Vinta Nanda was talking about.
“I am immensely glad that the power trip and sexual dominance coming from this power is being called out. It is high time.”
When Nishan mentions being ‘further shamed by the man through media’, she is referring to a Alok Nath’s interview with Movie magazine, where he had alleged that she was a drug user.
In retaliation of the above remark, Nishan had slapped a 1 crore lawsuit on Alok Nath in 1994, and even called him an ‘alcoholic fool’ in an interview.
In an India Today interview, she was quoted saying,
“This is absolutely fabricated. It’s taken me eight years to get where I am and I don’t want some alcoholic fool to mess it up for me.”
As per the recent developments in the case, Vinta Nanda has spoken to the media about the allegations.
— NDTV (@ndtv) October 9, 2018
In addition, actor Sushant Singh, who is the general secretary of Cine & TV Artists Association (CINTAA) has ensured full support to Vinta Nanda.
Dear @vintananda I am so so sorry. As @CintaaOfficial a show-cause Notice will be sent to @aloknath first thing in the mrng, why he shudnt b expld. Unfortunately we’ve to follow the due process. I urge u to file a complaint against this vile creature, we extend u full support.
— sushant singh (@sushant_says) October 8, 2018
What the course of action of both Nanda and Nath will be now remains to be seen.