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Daisy Irani says she was raped at age 6, reveals details of horrific incident

SNS | New Delhi |

The cases gradually come out in the open, keep revealing the dark side of the world of glamour. Once again a Bollywood celebrity has narrated her shocking experience in the tinsel town, witnessed way back when she was a child artiste.

Daisy Irani, who has been part of Bollywood since the 1950s, has disclosed that she was raped at the age of 6 while shooting outdoor.  

In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, Daisy Irani said the man was supposed to be her “guardian”. The 1950-born actor has been a part of films such as Boot Polish, Naya Daur, and Dhool Ka Phool as a child actor.

Talking to Mumbai Mirror, she narrated the horrific incident. “The man who did this was supposed to be my guardian. He accompanied me to a film shoot (Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke) in Madras. One night in the hotel room he violated me, hit me with a belt and warned me that he would kill me if I ever told anyone about what had happened,” she said.

Daisy added, “That man is dead and gone. His name was Nazar. He was related to the famous singer Zohrabai Ambalewaali. Obviously, he had contacts in the film industry. My mother was hell-bent on making me a star. I made my debut in the Marathi movie, Baby. So Uncle Nazar (she rolls her eyes here) had accompanied me to the shoot of Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke in Madras. I can recall the incident only in flashes, but I do remember the killing pain, and the visual of him belting me. The next morning, I was back at the studio as if nothing had happened. For years, I couldn’t dare to tell my mother about what he had done.”

On being questioned about how the incident affected her and how she overcame it, Daisy Irani said, “All I can say is as I grew up, I started flirting outrageously, I would tease and taunt men. I did not even understand what I was doing. I became badtameez (without manners). With time, my mother did get to know about the Madras incident but what could be done?”

The actress also recalled another incident that happened to her in teenage. “When I was 15 or so, mother made me wear a sari, padded me up with a new-fangled sponge, and left me alone with producer Mallikchand Kochar, who was planning a film called Mere Huzoor then, at his office located somewhere between Maratha Mandir cinema and the Tardeo circle. It was all quite hilarious… He joined me on the sofa, and started touching me… I knew what was on his mind. I took out the sponge things and handed them to him. He was furious. Now, why did I do that? Because I’ve always seen the funnier side of things.”

Daisy Irani was last seen on screen in Farah Khan’s Happy New Year. Irani sisters Daisy and Honey were popular child actors in the 50s and early 60s. Honey Irani later married noted scriptwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar and they had two children, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar.