The#MeToo movement has gained traction in India and has also exposed several prominent names from different lines of profession including filmmakers, actors, writers, journalists and politics.
On Wednesday, October 17, singer Shweta Pandit accused music composer Anu Malik of sexual harassment. She took to her Twitter handle to narrate the ordeal she had to undergo at the hands of the veteran musician. In her post she wrote, "He was recording a group song with Sunidhi and Shaan for the film 'Awaara Pagal Deeewana', when my mother and I walked in the monitor room. He told me to wait in the small cabin inside where singers sang at Empire studio. It was just him and me there."
After reading the complete allegation, lyricist Sameer Anjaan, who claims to be an eyewitness present in the studio, took to Twitter and narrated his side of the story. He wrote, "Today after reading the post of Shweta Pandit, I am writing this post as I remember vividly because I was there in the recording studio as Anu Malik and me were working on Awara Pagal Deewna music in 2001 at Empire studios. I agree that Shweta had come along with her mother for voice test. And during that time we were working on song so Anu requested Shweta and her mom to sit in recording hall. After working on song Anu called her "Beta aap kuch ganna suna chahte ho toh suno". Shweta requested that if she can sing in some other room but Anuji said that I want Samerji to also hear your voice. After hearing her voice Anuji said "You have a good voice and I will definitely let you know for future projects" after that they left. This is really shocking and sad that today people can pass any comment without any proof."
Meanwhile, Malik has denied all allegations made by singer Shweta Pandit, who had called him a "pedophile" and "sexual predator".Anu Malik's lawyer, Zulfiquar Memon spoke on his behalf and said that the allegations made against his client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless.The lawyer said that his client respects the #MeToo Movement but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious.
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