#Metoo: Sandhya Mridul accuses Alok Nath of sexual harassment

Angelo Anderson
October 11, 2018

Recently, the writer-producer of the 90's popular show Tara, Vinita Nanda, shared a long and heart-wrenching Facebook post, in which she accused the actor of her show Alok Nath (whom she referred to as "Sanskari") of raping her nearly two decades ago. Vinta wrote that she was sexually assaulted by Alok Nath and she also accused him of harassing the lead actress Navneet Nishan on the sets. Producer and writer Vinta Nada had also accused Alok Nath of rape.

She adde that she couldn't at that time approach Sooraj Barjatya, the producer/director of the film as she was extremely shocked and couldn't speak up because Alok Nath was very close to the Barjatyas. I couldn't get up for my bed. The cast went out for dinner. Elaborating on the same she stated, "It didn't stop there. every evening he would drink and every night calls were made to my room".

Mridul said she screamed, shouted and cried, but believed him and got through the shooting with the help of her co-actors, the DoP and Lagoo, who protected her like a mother.

She began her post by saying, "At the very start of my career, I was shooting a telefilm in Kodaikanal". I was taken aback, and tried to make my way out of the room as soon as possible. Ms Mridul alleged that during an outdoor shoot, Mr Nath tried to enter her room forcibly, in an inebriated condition, and lunged at her screaming, "I want you. you are mine". "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".

Reacting to the allegations, Nath had earlier told ABP News, "Neither I am denying this nor do I would agree with it". "I didn't expect such an allegation to come from her". He continued making calls to her and knocking on her door. It was for the first time in my life, that my world had been taken over and I was flooded with calls and messages, many from unknown quarters, which I just couldn't ignore. The hairdresser was called and made to sleep in my room. But then he would come calling.

"I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years, ' 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". She said she was so scared that she moved the hairdresser in her room permanently. "I was a nervous wreck".

She said she worked with him recently for Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2017), where he seemed to be "quiet and subdued".

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