#MeToo: Anu Malik may be dropped from Indian Idol panel

#MeToo: Anu Malik may be dropped from Indian Idol panel

Agency News

Music composer Anu Malik, who has been one of the accused in the #MeToo movement, is likely to be once again removed as the judge of the singing reality show Indian Idol.

This is after widespread protest following the #MeToo revelation by singer Neha Bhasin. On Twitter last week Neha wrote that Malik had made her uncomfortable by laying on a sofa in front of her and talking about her eyes. Bhasin says she was only 21 when the incident happened.

Anu Malik was accused of sexual harassment last year by Shweta Pandit and Sona Mohapatra. Soon after his name surfaced in the Me Too movement, Sony Entertainment and the makers of the show had replaced him. The music director was seen as one of the judges in Indian Idol 11, which sparked off protests from people who were unhappy with him being back on the show. According to a report by Deccan Chronicle, following the backlash, Sony TV is now reconsidering its decision of having him as a judge.

Quoting a source from Indian Idol, the daily said, "Anu Malik may be shown the door in the next few weeks. They thought the backlash against him had quietly died down. They never anticipated this new rising roar of protest against his return to the show."

Fans and viewers of Indian Idol have constantly been taking to social media sharing their anger about bringing back Anu Malik as a judge in the reality show's season 11. People have also criticised the decision of the channel and the makers of the show.