In the wake of allegations against multiple film personalities, the initiative of which was started by Tanushree Dutta, plenty of women have gained courage to finally let loose and come out in the open to expose the demons functioning within the industry openly. From Nana Patekar to Vikas Bahl to Kailash Kher, Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Subhash Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan etc, the list seems to be increasing day by day.
Although most of them deny these allegations while few of them took to Twitter to apologize for their misconduct,what remains a matter of fact is that almost all of them have been exposed by more than 1 woman belonging to separate sections of the society which strengthens the case against these alleged predators.
However among these alleged predators, veteran TV and Film Actress, Himani Shivpuri finally opens about Alok Nath and his misbehaviour issues. She claimed that during daytime when Alok Nath would be in his senses, he would actually be the ideal ‘sanskari’ person which he is referred to in public but then he had plenty of issues with him at night or after he was down with a couple of drinks. The actress also came open about how the entire industry including her knew about Alok Nath’s split personality disorder yet remained silent fearing backlash or negative response. Not just that, the actress also claimed that once during their NSD days when Alok Nath was a senior of Himani, how he had once barged into her hostel room drunk and she had to shout and create an uproar to get him out. She said that its been a long time and since I had shouted, there was nothing he could do but that incident did leave me in deep fear for a long time. She explained how women who already knew about Alok Nath’s behavior after being drunk would purposely avoid him to avoid any mishap.
While the #Metoo has gripped Bollywood tightly and finally people are speaking up about their own friends and colleagues in the industry, we wonder how better the impact could have been,how many more women could have been saved from the clutches of these alleged devils had the industry spoken up before. As of now, all we can say is ‘Better late than never’.
By : Subhojit Ghosh