After veteran writer-producer Vinita Nanda accused popular actor Alok Nath of rape, another woman has accused the veteran actor of sexual harassment.
A crew member from Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) has came forward with the allegation against Alok Nath – known for his “sanskaari” (cultured) image on the screen. She told Mid-Day about what happened during the last schedule of the film.
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She recounted her horrific experience and said, “We were shooting for a night scene and I had taken a change of costumes to him. Once I handed him the clothes, he started stripping in front of me. I was taken aback and tried to make my way out of the room as soon as possible. When I tried to run out, he grabbed my hand and manhandled me. I remember yanking my hand out of his grip and rushing out of the room.”
Traumatised and shocked by the incident, the woman added that she refrained from reporting the incident to Sooraj Barjatya. She said, “I was shell-shocked; I couldn’t muster the courage to speak up against him. He was extremely close to the Barjatyas, and Sooraj sir would have taken it badly.”
Though she shot the schedule despite all this, she said, the incident scarred her for life. The woman is not part of the industry anymore. “I don’t actively do movies anymore. The course of my career changed [after this episode],” she said.
Meanwhile, Alok Nath reacted to Vinta Nanda’s allegation of rape on Tuesday and told ABP Live: “Neither I am denying this nor I would agree with it. It (rape) must have happened, but someone else would have done it. Well, I do not want to talk much about it as for the matter if it has come out, it will be stretched.”