Alok Nath stripped in front of me, female crew member claims


Two weeks before Vinita Nanda's Facebook post, in which she's accused Alok Nath of raping and brutalizing her 19 years ago, and later making it hard for her to get work, shocked social media, actress Tanushree Dutta revived a decade-old allegation of harassment against Nana Patekar.

"Few minutes after he left there was a knock on my door I opened the door thinking it was him 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". He continued making calls to her and knocking on her door.

Nath kept traumatising her with phone calls after that which she kept "off the hook" most of the times and shared how she "dreaded the ring" and fell sick, was a "nervous wreck" and couldn't shoot later. "He said he was an alcoholic and that he had destroyed everything, his family, his marriage and I was like his daughter".

Shivpuri, who worked with Nath on films like Hum Saath Saath Hai, Pardes, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and TV shows like Ghar Ek Sapnaa, said he was always nice to her but she heard stories from other female actors. It was so shocking for me because I couldn't put these two faces together. Tele-series Tara writer Nanda is the first one to break her silence against Nath.

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In an interview with Mid-Day, the woman recounted her horrific experience during the last schedule of the film in Mumbai.

"We take all these allegations as defamatory statements made against him without any reason". When I threw him off me and refused to speak to him again, he made my experience miserable. I was taken aback, and tried to make my way out of the room as soon as possible. "He went into the bathroom and I think I latched the loo door and ran out of my room down the corridor into the lobby". "I remember yanking my hand out of his grip and rushing out of the room", the woman, on the condition of anonymity, told the tabloid. When I tried to speak I was labelled arrogant and hard. "He was extremely close to the Barjatyas, and Sooraj sir would have taken it badly".

When asked if she ever experienced sexual harassment in the Hindi film industry during her career, Himani Shivpuri said she will speak out when the time is right: "They are still around". If you read Sandhya's [Mridul] case, in that she said that after the end of this, she cried like a small baby when he said that he will change his ways. "But Vinta's post brought it all back".

Later, she got a job to write and direct a series for Plus Channel, and again, her paths crossed with Alok. "I didn't expect such an allegation to come from her".