The Bollywood #MeToo movement that started with Tanushree Dutta's misconduct allegations against veteran actor Nana Patekar has gained momentum in the past few weeks as several women in the industry came out to identify their harassers. From MJ Akbar, Alok Nath, to Sajid Khan, and Vikas Bahl, several have been accused of sexual harassment. The Indian Film & Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) had issued a show-cause notice to veteran actor Alok Nath and filmmaker Sajid Khan, following the allegations, and since the body has found their responses 'unsatisfactory', now the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) will issue a non-cooperation notice to the actor and the filmmaker.
As per media reports, IFTDA has termed their response unsatisfactory and approached the FWICE to take further actions. Ashoke Pandit, the President of IFTDA, reportedly said that they have approached the FWICE, after receiving an unsatisfactory response from Alok Nath while Sajid has not even replied to the notice.
In a statement to PTI, Ashoke Pandit said, “We approached our mother body FWICE as we were not satisfied with Alok’s answer and as Sajid Khan has not answered, the federation has issued a second notice. If they don’t respond, a non-cooperation (notice) will be issued against them,"
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, producer of the popular '90's TV show, Vinta Nanda accused actor Alok Nath of alleged rape and brutality. Nanda, in an elaborate Facebook post, narrated the details of the horrific incident that happened to her back in the '90s. On the other hand, Bollywood director Sajid Khan was also accused of sexual harassment by a journalist, who reportedly interviewed him. Several other women also came up to accuse both the celebrities. However, following the controversy, Sajid has stepped down as director of ‘Housefull 4’.
However, Alok Nath and Sajid Khan are not the only people to receive the show-cause notice. Several other celebrities, who were accused of sexual harassment, have faced the same fate. Meanwhile, director Vikas Bahl, who has also received the notice, responded to the same on Monday, October 22, where the filmmaker in a long statement denied all allegations against him. He also requested the association not to take any action against him until he is proven guilty.
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