It didn’t take social media long to join the dots after reading writer-producer-director Vinta Nanda’s shattering account of rape and violation from nearly 20 years ago – the alleged rapist was a ‘sanskaari’ actor, she wrote.
She didn’t need to say more – on Twitter, Alok Nath instantly began to trend with many calling for prosecution. Mr Nath has made his name playing the ‘sanskaari bapuji’ familiar from so many Barjatya family dramas and suchlike. Ms Nanda’s terrifying story of trauma has received many responses, among them Richa Chadha, Swara Bhasker and Mini Mathur.
"I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years." @vintananda's heart-wrenching post which reaffirms that #TimesUp, even for the (so-called) "most #Sanskaari person in the film and television industry." #MeToo #MeTooIndia pic.twitter.com/YygO1SfLMR
— Shephali Bhatt (@ShephaliBhatt) October 8, 2018
Vinta Nanda’s account begins on the set of Nineties show Tara, where the actor, Alok Nath, allegedly harassed lead actress Navneet Nishan. He later turned on Ms Nanda. In a statement to NDTV on Tuesday, Ms Nishan, said she “stands by”
Ms Nanda: “I support every woman and man who is standing up for herself/himself in the ‘MeToo’ movement. I empathise with Vinta for the terrible pain she has gone through; it is unimaginable. I dealt with the four-year harassment by slapping the man in question and it is done and dusted. l suffered the loss of the show and was further shamed by the man through media and I endured that. I fought my battles there and then. I am immensely glad that the power trip and sexual dominance coming from this power is being called out. It is high time.”