New Delhi, Oct 10: After recent 'rape' accusation by director Vinta Nanda on actor Alok Nath,actress Sandhya Mridul on Wednesday also levelled allegations of sexual harassment against the actor.
Sandhya took to her social media account Twitter and talked about how Alok Nath allegedly sexually harassed her when they were shooting for a telefilm for Zee in Kodaikanal.
'At the very start of my career, I was shooting a telefilm in Kodaikanal. I was the lead. And very excited. Alok Nath was my on-screen father and Reema Lagoo my mother. Alok Nath was very impressed with me and called me "God's own child" and openly praised me every day. I was over the moon. I was a huge fan of this wonderful Babuji.I felt so fortunate happy and confident. Till one night after an early pack up, the cast went out for dinner. At dinner he got progressively drunk and started insisting I sit with him and that I belonged to him and other stuff that I don't clearly remember but it made me very nervous and uncomfortable. My co-star realised what was happening and got me out of there,' Sandhya's posted.
Sandhya said she went back to the hotel without having dinner. That night, Alok Nath knocked on her door of her hotel room . When she opened it and saw him there, drunk, she tried shutting the door.
'But he pushed it and lunged at me, I stepped aside and he went flying past me into the room .. I fell backwards towards the bathroom door he lunged at me again screaming I want you you're mine,' she alleged.
Sandhya said that the director of photography accompanied her to her room. However, Alok refused to leave Sandhya’s room. ' (He) kept screaming shouting threatening abusing trying to grab me.. but at some point we managed to make him leave,' the 'Page 3' actress said.
Though Sandhya said her co-actors, the DoP and Reema protected her, Alok’s harassment had taken its toll on her. 'I'm grateful to my co-actors, my DOP & especially the late Reema lagoo for finally taking him on & protecting me like a mother from then on,' the 'Angry Indian Goddesses' fame actress said.
'But it was too late. The damage was done. A very disillusioned, disgraced & unsure me returned home. He went on to return to Bombay and tell people I was difficult and arrogant. All apologies forgotten. He was a popular man I was a newbie. He laid the foundation others like him built on.All those who heard 'No'. Attitude my biggest crime. The deal breaker,' Sandhya said.
Sandhya further writes that while she forgave him for her own sanity, she would never forgive him for what he did to Vinta. 'I had to forgive you for myself then and for my sanity but I will never forgive you for what you did with Vinta. Whom I have always respected and loved. I stand by you Vinta. What I went through is nothing compared to you. I'm so sorry,' she said.
She also extended her support to Tanushree, who accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of 'Horn Ok Pleassss' in 2008. 'But I stand with Tanushree. And Vinta. And every woman. Who has been through this & will follow suit and break her silence.We have a voice. I'd like to tell all the newcomers that they should use it. Correctly. Honestly. Wisely. Fearlessly. Don't be ashamed. Don't be scared. Don't bury. Don't let it fester. And corrode your soul. Let's Speak. Let's keep this fire going. #TimesUp,' Sandhya added. (UNI)