The #Metoo wave hit Bollywood when actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual abuse. From then on many high profile actors, directors and Bollywood big shots have been accused of sexual misconduct.
Anu Malik, who is well known as the composer of “ Ek garam chai ki pyali ho”, stands accused of not one but many sexual harassment cases. The composer acted as the judge of the singing reality show Indian Idol for many years.
In his tenure as a judge on the sets of Indian Idol many female singers have accused him of sexual misconduct. The Ambarsariya singer Sona Mohapatra has also accused the composer along with Alisha Chinai and Shweta Pandit.
The YRF Management is very strict regarding who they let in to their studio. They even fired their senior executive Ashish Patel on grounds of sexual assault. Now, Anu Malik is banned from entering the YRF studios because of the multiple sexual harassment cases against him.
YRF has a strict policy for sexual offenders and Anu Malik is on their blacklist now. Sona Mohapatra who is one of the victims commended the step of YRF. She even made a post on Instagram.
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Such news in India is so rare that I’m actually feeling stumped,at a loss for words & overwhelmed. That one of the biggest & most respected film studio & family in #Bollywood finally takes a stand at the right side of history is a sign on the wall for #India MeToo. This has been a tough 8 months for the ones fighting for this change & most of us are in therapy, hurt & depressed in different ways seeing all the accused in multiple cases rehabilitated, back on the saddle, unmoved, unapologetic. Yesterday the news was that this serial pervert who is an open secret of the industry having molested minors & all ages of women, many of whom finally spoke up during #MeToo finally overcoming the shame, might be back on #IndianIdol this season on @sonytvofficial This morning I received news that Kailash Kher, another person who had victimised even minors, was performing at the Gateway of India for the Sarang Utsav by @mtdc_official on June1 with nothing less than the CM in attendance. Took the wind out of my sails. Thinking no one cares? I was wrong. Karma will catch up. We will make sure it does. Wake up everyday & fight the good fight. Change is coming, make no mistake. We are the change. I am the change. Thank you to everybody who understands why this is the most important fight. For dignity, safety, fairness & equal opportunity. 🔴 #India #MeToo #change #freedom #fairness #safety #dignity #love #forall
Pandit who accused Anu Malik, calling him a “pedophile” . She said he harassed her when he was a minor. She also commends the move made by YRF. But Anu Malik’s lawyer calls these accusations baseless and a character assassination of the composer.