Veteran actress Daisy Irani who is India’s best-known child star of the 1950s and 60s has recently reveals some shocking details about her life.
The actress has revealed that she was raped at an outdoor shoot of the film Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke in Madras when she was just six years old.
While talking to Mumbai Mirror, the actress said ”The man who did this was supposed to be my guardian. One night in the hotel room he violated me, hit me with a belt and warned me that he would kill me if I ever told anyone about what had happened.”
“That man is dead and gone. His name was Nazar, he was related to the famous singer Zohrabai Ambalewaali. Obviously, he had contacts in the film industry. My mother was hell-bent on making me a star. I made my debut in the Marathi movie, Baby. So Uncle Nazar (she rolls her eyes here) had accompanied me to the shoot of Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke in Madras. I can recall the incident only in flashes, but I do remember the killing pain, and the visual of him belting me. The next morning, I was back at the studio as if nothing had happened. For years, I couldn’t dare to tell my mother about what he had done.”, she added.
After the incident, Irani said that she became really “protective” of her sisters Honey Irani (mother of Farhan and Zoya Akhtar) and Menka Irani (mother of Farah and Sajid Khan).
Irani also recounts another episode from when she was 15 when her mother had asked her to dress up to meet a film producer. “When I was 15 or so, my mother made me wear a sari, padded me up with a new-fangled sponge, and left me alone with producer Mallikchand Kochar, who was planning a film called Mere Huzoorthen, at his office. It was all quite hilarious… He joined me on the sofa, and started touching me… I knew what was on his mind. I took out the sponge things and handed them to him. He was furious. Now why did I do that? Because, I’ve always seen the funnier side of things,”
On being asked why she broke her silence after so many years, Irani said that she wanted parents and guardians to be more protective towards children who were working in films and television.
Daisy Irani has appeared in films like Happy New Year, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi and Housefull.