It seems like the #MeToo movement in Bollywood is in full swing as more and more women stepping up and sharing their horrifying experiences.
Till now, several other prominent personalities from the industry including Rohit Roy, Subhash Ghai, Alok Nath, Kailash Kher, Vikas Bahl, Chetan Bhagat, Rajat Kapoor have been accused of sexual harassment.
Well now, another one to come out with her story is singer Shweta Pandit. The singer accused music composer Anu Malik of harassment when she was a minor.
In a long post on Twitter, Pandit has recounted her ordeal and called Malik a “pedophile and sexual predator”.
“It was the year 2000 when I was launched as a lead singer with Mohabbatein and was trying to get other good songs to follow up with the success of that soundtrack and the outstanding welcome it gave me in the music industry,” she wrote.
“I got a call from Anu Malik’s then manager, Mustafa, to come to Andheri’s Empire Studio sometime in mid 2001. I was thrilled, like any singer would be. I used to admire his music and practice his songs for hours. I used to admire and look up to him back then,” she stated.
“He was recording a group song with Sunidhi and Shaan for the film ‘Awara Pagal Deewana’, when my mother and I walked in the monitor room. He told me to wait in the small cabin inside where singers sang at Empire studio. It was just him and me there,” she said.
“I sang it well so he said, ‘I’ll give you this song with Sunidhi and Shaan but first give me a kiss now’. He then smiled, what I’d recall the most evil grin I’ve seen. I went numb and pale in the face. I was only 15 years old then, still in school,” she said.
“Can anyone even imagine what it felt that moment? It felt like someone had just stabbed me in my stomach. I referred to this man as ‘Anu uncle’ he knew my entire family for decades and knew us as a respected gharana of musicians…,” Pandit continued.
Read her entire post here:
Had to go back to my worst memory as a teenage girl today to write this and speak up – its now or never. This is my #MeToo and have to warn young girls about #AnuMalik & let you know your #TimesUp @IndiaMeToo
Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this pic.twitter.com/e261pGQyEq
— Shweta Pandit (@ShwetaPandit7) October 17, 2018
When Anu was asked about the same, he said “No comments. This is ridiculous. I don’t want to talk about it. Today anyone says anything.”