Monday, 22 October, 2018

Now, Sandhya Mridul's #MeToo moment with Alok Nath

HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA- APRIL 06 Sandhya Mridul arrives for the 14th Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles- Opening Night Red Carpet at Arc Light Hollywood 'Alok Nath stripped in front of me,' alleges female crew member
Adrian Cunningham | 10 October, 2018, 15:28

The actress shared a post on her Twitter handle where she spoke about how she faced sexual harassment in the hands of Alok Nath on the sets of a film.

She wrote, "At the very start of my career I was shooting a telefilm for Zee in Kodaikanal".

Most recently, veteran Indian producer Vinta Nanda accused television bigwig Alok Nath, who is known for his 'sanskaari' image on screen.

Alok Nath was very impressed with me and called me "god's own child" and openly praised me everyday.

But like Vinta Nanda's story, alcohol played a major role in bringing out his dark side, and at a dinner where the entire cast was present, he insisted she sit with him and said, "You are mine" and similar statements, which made Sandhya extremely uncomfortable. "My co-star realised what was happening and got me out of there", she added.

The actor continued, "We went back to the hotel without dinner". He came back to my room what ensued was traumatic because a belligerent Alok Nath refused to leave. kept screaming shouting threatening abusing trying to grab me. but at some point we managed to make him leave. Few minutes after he left there was a knock on her door she opened the door thinking it was him again, however, it was Alok Nath.

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On Wednesday, popular actress Sandhya Mridul alleged that she was sexually harassed by the 62-year-old actor when she was working with him for a telefilm. He also accused Ms Nanda of attempting to "defame his (Alok Nath's) reputation" and spoke of a 'legal battle.' Alok Nath has been accused of raping and brutalizing Vinta Nanda and later making it hard for her to get work.

Actress further stated that even after such incident, Alok didn't stop and made calls in her room, every night which traumatised her. One day when he landed up at the door and cried and begged to be allowed in to sodas to me to apologise.

One day, she recounted, he said to her that he was an alcoholic and that he had destroyed everything - his family and his marriage. While she forgave him eventually, she said the "damage was done" as he told others in Mumbai that Sandhya was hard to work with.

The allegations by Ms Mridul and the woman crew member were casually dismissed by Alok Nath's lawyer as, "It normally happens", ANI reports. Elaborating on it, the unit member revealed that they were shooting for a night scene when she had taken a change of costumes to him. I believed him. I had to. "I was shell-shocked; I couldn't muster the courage to speak up against him".

The #MeToo movement has taken down some of the most revered personalities belonging to various fields in the neighbouring India, including TV bigwig Alok Nath. "I'm with you Vinta Nanda".

I stand by you Vinta. "Your time is up Sir".