The #MeToo campaign that has ignited in India has given women the strength and courage to speak up against sexual perpetrators. In the wake of the campaign names of several popular Bollywood artists including directors, actors and producers have surfaced. Recently speaking to an online news portal, Alia Bhatt's mother Soni Razdan stated that in her younger days, someone tried to rape her. Throughout the interaction, Razdan chose to not mention the person.
Speaking about the encounter, she revealed that she never had to face such a thing while looking for work, but she did face it while on a film's shoot. She stated that someone tried to rape her but luckily did not succeed.
Further, she disclosed that she never spoke about it, as the person in question was married and had small children, and the incident would affect them adversely. She also added that she was able to control the situation and that nothing happened and so she just let it pass.
However, she did add that if the incident would have happened today, she would certainly report it without even thinking twice. Razdan also spoke about Alok Nath and mentioned that she was aware that he had a Jekyll and Hyde personality and that when he wasn’t drunk he would be sober.
Soni also mentioned that she had seen Alok Nath behave very lecherously after he has been drunk, and although he never threatened her, there was a time when she had not liked the way he had looked at her.
Inspired by the west, the #MeToo movement has gained traction in India with several women speaking up against and pointing out sexual perpetrators. It began when former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta accused actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the sets of the 2008 film 'Horn Ok Pleasss'. The case became a huge deal with the help of social media as opposed to the time Dutta had made the allegations in the year 2008. Thereafter several Bollywood celebrities have taken a stand on the matter and condemned sexual harassment at workplaces. Until now, several eminent personalities from the Indian film industry have also been accused of sexual harassment including Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Varun Grover, Karim Morani, Sajid Khan, Luv Ranjan and Vikas Bahl to name a few.
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