The #MeToo movement has taken India by a storm. Every hour, a new familiar face is being exposed. Amongst so many screenshots, evidences, allegations against the predators and their long due apologies across the social media, an ugly face of the society is revealed. People once named as the flag-bearers of feminism are now facing serious allegations of sexual misconduct, proving the deep-rooted misogyny in the society.
With so much of confusion spreading across the internet, here’s the total account of the movement, how it began and who all have been named under it.
How did it all start?
It all began after Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of harassing her on the sets of a film back in 2008. Her interview gave courage to many others to speak out. Following this, writer Mahima kukreja called out AIB ally Utsav Chakraborty for his unacceptable behavior. Ever since, women’s across all walks have been calling out, naming big, powerful names in the industry. Women on social media are standing by each other in solidarity. With activitists, lawyers, therapists offering help to women in distress, the movement is shaking the unpopular power.
While there are still some people ridiculing the movement, it is notable that very serious actions are taken against the accused. Whether, Bollywood or the media universe, powerful men are stepping down from their position.
Actor Nana Patekar has reportedly dropped out of Housefull 4 amid sexual misconduct accusations made against him by actor Tanushree Dutta.
Actor Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter that he had requested the film’s producers to halt production on the film, pending an investigation. Akshay’s statement came after similar allegations were made against the film’s director, Sajid Khan.
Aamir Khan, one of India’s biggest stars, and his wife, producer Kiran Rao, have pulled out of a film that their production company was set to make over allegations of sexual misconduct against an unnamed filmmaker on the project.
Phantom’s co-founders, directors Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and producer Madhu Mantena issued a statement saying they were dissolving the company.
Sexual misconduct accusations against actor-director Rajat Kapoor and comedy group All India Bakchod led to their respective films Kadakh and Chintu Ka Birthday being removed from the upcoming Mumbai Film Festival.
Here’s a list of all the men(until now) accused of sexual misconduct-
It all began here. Tanushree Dutta alleged that Nana Patekar tried to harass her on the sets of the film Horn Ok Pleassss back in 2008. Dutta had filed a complaint at the time but no action was taken back then. The allegations created a storm in the industry. It was after Dutta recounted the allegations the wave of the #MeToo campaign took an ugly face. Talking about the matter, Nana Patekar said, “What should I say? I said 10 years ago. The truth which was 10 years ago remains the same today and will continue to be tomorrow as well.”
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s top-selling authors, found himself on trouble after a woman shared screenshots of WhatsApp conversations between them. The author then went on to issue an apology to the woman and her wife on Facebook.
The allegations by TV writer and director Vinta Nanda’s Facebook post that Alok Nath sexually assaulted her almost 19 years ago left the internet shocked. She also alleged that Alok Nath harassed lead actress Navneet Nishan on the set of the show. After this, actor Sandhya Mridul has also come forward with her account of being harassed by the actor while they were shooting for a telefilm. Actor Deepika Amin also came forward with her allegations against Nath. Another woman who worked on the film Hum Saath Saath Hain accused him of harassment. Alok Nath’s lawyer now says that the actor is planning to file a defamation case against Vinta Nanda and Sandhya Mridul.
A Mumbai comedian and former AIB associate Utsav Chakraborty, was accused by several women for sending them lewd messages asking them for topless photos.
A female employee at Phantom Films alleged that Vikas had sexually harassed her when the crew of Bombay Velvet was in Goa for promotions. She alleged that Vikas insisted on dropping her off to her hotel room and harassed her in an inebriated state. Kangana Ranaut, who worked with Bahl on “Queen”, said that the director would “bury his face in my neck and hold me really tight”. Vikas Bahl has now threatened to file defamation cases against his partners at Phantom Films, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, as they have spoken about the aforementioned case to the press. The Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association has issued a show-cause notice to Vikas Bahl.
One of the latest accusations that hit social media came Thursday when an unnamed woman shared her ordeal via Twitter, alleging that veteran Bollywood director Subhash Ghai “drugged and raped” her. Ghai denied the allegations and dismissed the #MeToo movement.
Actor-filmmaker Rajat Kapoor has been accused of sexual misconduct by a few women on Twitter. A journalist said that he asked her really uncomfortable questions. Another woman said that almost ten years ago, Rajat used to call her “incessantly” from actor Saurabh Shukla’s phone. The woman also added that Rajat Kapoor asked her if she knew any empty houses and then she realised what he had meant. Rajat Kapoor later issued an apology.
Allegations were made against the co-founder of the viral terribly tiny tales (ttt) by different women including one of their own writers through blogs on ‘Medium’. He hasn’t spoken about the incident since, but has in a statement issued by the team, he has stepped down from his position and association with ttt.
Gursimran Khamba and Tanmay Bhat
A woman who wished to stay anonymous accused Gursimran Khamba from popular comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) of harassing her back in 2015-16. He reportedly made unwelcome advances towards her on a couple of occasions. Calling her up in an inebriated state, he reportedly “emotionally blackmailed and emotionally abused her”. Gursimran issued an apology afterwards.
Tanmay Bhat is said to have been aware of the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against comedian Utsav Chakraborty and yet not taking a stand.
Both of the co-founders have stepped down from their positions.
A journalist came forward with her allegations against Kailash Kher saying that the singer touched her inappropriately when she went to interview him. Even a fan from Kolkata said that Kher had been harassing her. Singer Sona Mohapatra also came forward with her allegations where she accused the singer of harassing her on multiple occasions. Kailash Kher issued an apology on October 8.
Singer Chinmayi recalled that at least on two occasions Vairamuthu made her feel uncomfortable and the singer claimed she was also told that “she won’t have a career” should she fail to “cooperate”. However, Vairamuthu on Wednesday denied all charges. Other women have also accused Vairamuthu of sexual misconduct.
Actor Saloni Chopra of sexual harassment and abuse in a Medium blog. He has also been accused of sexual misconduct by a freelance Bollywood journalist and by actor Rachel White in a separate incident.
In the heart-wrenching account, Saloni recalls how, in 2011, Sajid Khan, under whom she was working as an assistant, allegedly emotionally abused her, sexually harassed her and undermined her acting abilities.
A casting director alleged that she was harassed by Mukesh in Chennai while working on the Malayalam quiz show Koteeswaran. He called her room multiple times and even shifted his room to the one next to hers. Mukesh claimed he has no memory of working with her.
A flight attendant alleged that she was sexually harassed by Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya in a pub in Kolkata. Abhijeet in an interview with Indian express said “Most of the fat and ugly girls are blaming and I wasn’t born at that time.”
Singer Chinmayi Sripaada shared an aspiring singer’s account revealing how Raghu Dixit once tried to kiss her in his studio when she came for a song recording. Chinmayi shared another tweet revealing the story of a singer who said Raghu asked her to sit on his lap during one of their meetings at his studio. Raghu Dixit has issued an apology since.
Editors of reputed newspaper step down after allegations for sexual misconduct.
Journalist Prashant Jha stepped down as chief of bureau and political editor of Hindustan Times.
Journalist Sidharth Bhatia, founder Editor of The Wire, said in his statement that he could not recall either the two women who had made the allegations or the incident they had mentioned. “I forcefully deny the allegations,” he said, adding that if the complainant comes up with further details, he was prepared to face an inquiry.
Allegations have also been made against Mayank Jain of Business Standard.
Former DNA Editor-in-Chief Gautam Adhikari and TOI’s Hyderabad Resident Editor K.R. Sreenivas also rubbished allegations against them.