Alok Nath's predatory behaviour an open secret in industry: Himani Shivpuri

Have Heard Alok Nath'Gets Crazy When He Drinks' Says Vinta Nanda's Tara Actor Deven Bhojani

Shortly after writer-producer Vinta Nanda accused actor Alok Nath of sexual assault, another woman from the industry has come forward with her own account against the actor.

On Wednesday, popular actress Sandhya Mridul alleged that she was sexually harassed by the 62-year-old actor when she was working with him for a telefilm. I'm grateful and fortunate. Applauding Vinta Nanda's bravery, she said, "I am glad CINTAA is taking action against him". I fell backwards towards the bathroom door he lunged at me again screaming I want you you're mine.I dodged again.

Bahl, known for Queen, has sent a legal notice to his former Phantom Films partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, whom he has called "opportunists" for making "defamatory allegations" in the wake of the ongoing #MeToo movement. That's why I have advised him to not go in front of the media because ultimately if any legal battle is to be done then any word used by him, can be used against him and since we are planning to have a good legal battle.

She said she found the DoP (director of photography) at the reception who accompanied her back to her room to find a "belligerent" Nath who refused to leave. In a few hours I had scenes with Bauji, in one I had to sit on his lap and cry. She wrote, "In the last 21 years, I had put all this behind me".

According to her, Alok Nath's harassment continued for days with phone calls and knocks on her door and the hairdresser moved into her room permanently. "I have spoken what I had to because this was a now or never moment for me", she said. "I believed him. I had to". The actress took to Twitter to share with the world what Alok Nath did to her which left her disillusioned and unsure in the industry. It was an inebriated Alok Nath I instinctively tried to shut the door but he pushed it and lunged at me, I stepped aside he went flying past me into the room. When I tried to speak I was labelled arrogant and hard. "I was quite young but I still remember vividly how terrible he was", she wrote. "I empathise with Vinta for the awful pain she has gone through; it is unimaginable", said Nishan. He created an environment in which I was made to feel threatened, so I asked the producers to release me from directing the series because I didn't want to be around where he was.

In her interview to PTI, Himani Shivpuri applauded Ms Dutta and Ms Nanda for speaking out and said: "Hats off to Tanushree Dutta and Vinta Nanda for speaking about it after so many years".

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