Alok Nath ‘Sanskaari Babuji’ accused of rape by director Vinta Nanda
Alok Nath – known for his “sanskaari” on-screen image- is accused by writer-director-producer Vinta Nanda. Escalating voices against sexual harassment across the world as part of the #MeToo wave that gave Vinta Nanda the courage to pen down the experiences which had left her “shattered”. Known for his roles as a stereotypical Indian father, personifying religious traditions and moral values in films and TV shows, Alok Nath has sexually violated Vinda Nanda almost two decades ago.
“He was an alcoholic, shameless and obnoxious but he was also the television star of that decade, so not only was he forgiven for all his bad behaviour, many of the guys would also egg him on to be his worst,” Vinda Nanda wrote, adding that he even harassed the show’s lead actress who was not interested in him.
Sharing the “worst” that happened, Vinda Nanda recounted the incidents that followed after she left a party at Alok’s house at 2 a.m. She says her drinks were mixed. “I started to walk home on the empty streets… Midway I was accosted by this man who was driving his own car and he asked me to sit in it and said he would drop me home. I trusted him and sat in his car.”I have faint memory after that.
I can remember more liquor being poured into my mouth and I remember being violated endlessly. When I woke up the next afternoon, I was in pain. I hadn’t just been raped, I was taken to my own house and had been brutalised. “I couldn’t get up for my bed.
I told some of my friends but everybody advised me to forget about it and move on.”Later, Vinda Nanda got a job to write and direct a series for Plus Channel, and again her paths crossed with Alok. “The man found his way through the casting route and became one of the lead actors on the show. 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. “I continued to write the show.”
The “most difficult part” and the “main reason” why the director Vinda Nanda took so long to come out with the truth was because while she was working on this new series, she says, “he asked me to come to his house again and I went to allow him to violate me”.
“I needed the job and didn’t want to leave it as I needed the money. It was after this that I quit.” Vinda Nanda has urged people “who have suffered at the hands of predators, to come out and say it aloud”. “Don’t hold yourselves back. This is a moment for change, so your silence will only hold barriers to its evolution. Speak out. Shout out from the top of the roof.”
“I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years,” Vinda Nanda wrote in a long, heart-wrenching Facebook post, referring to the “predator in question” as “the actor par excellence who is known as the most ‘sanskaari’ (cultured) person in the film and television industry”.
Her suggestive remarks like “sanskaari” and that the person concerned was the “lead actor” and a “television star of that decade” were good enough to make out that she was indeed pointing the finger at Alok. You can read full post of Vinta Nanda below.
After reading Vinta Nanda’s account on social media, celebs and people alike shared the story widely and have condemned Alok Nath on these very serious accusations. Angry tweets have condemned Alok Nath not just for his alleged misconduct but also for hypocritically having embraced the imputation of being ‘sanskaari.’
Folks like Malika Dua, Sawara Bhaskar, Mini Mathur and Richa Chadha expressed their sheer disgust on the actor’s wrong doing.
Read those tweets below.
— Mallika Dua (@MallikaDua) October 8, 2018
Heart wrenching. 😢😢😢😢 https://t.co/myVEYDAfTu
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) October 8, 2018
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) October 8, 2018
For heavens sake. To think someone as avante garde & ballsy as @vintananda went through this torture and couldn’t speak up for 19 years!!! This makes me so sad & angry..#Sanskari my chappal!! https://t.co/i0QN7GsDU7
— Mini Mathur (@minimathur) October 8, 2018
This monster #AlokNath should be jailed and the keys should be thrown away. I pity any family that he has. To be related to a monster of this level. @vintananda be strong and and I pray for peace and vindication after this nightmare for you. https://t.co/ZDmgDfEaPb
— Shobha Sant (@ShobhaIyerSant) October 9, 2018
— Shakthi (@v_shakthi) October 8, 2018
— Nandita Iyer (@saffrontrail) October 8, 2018